August 12, 2010

HOW THE MEDIA FRAMES A DEBATE, AND HOW TO NOT WRITE A HEADLINE

One of the biggest things in our system of corporate communism is how all those "free market" town cryers are constantly shouting, whining and crying about how they cannot pay their employees a living wage, if they would, they'd all be out of business, and that would harm the economy, so fuck you, people who work your asses for for 3.50 Euro or less, you can go on welfare, that's right, you work a full-time job and you are still on welfare, because that is our modern business model!

All done to make the unemployment figures look pretty!

And so that "employers" like that of the German retail chain KIK can make tens of millions of Euro in profit, no, not revenue, profit, ladies and gentlemen.

Now we have numbers. The Frankfurter Rundschau has had access to numbers. How much did these "models of modern free marketeering" cost the tax payer?

50. Billion. Euro.

But let us look at today's headlines from the mainstream media in Germany reacting to it, shall we? First of all, that awesome Fox-News-like organ of the Axel Springer Verlag, Die Welt. And while the relevant information is there, the headline frames the debate, boys and girls.

Most people don't even read further.

So what do we get?

50 BILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY FOR PEOPLE ON WELFARE!


Yes, that is right. It's the people's fault. And again, the relevant information is in the article, but it is how the article is framed that is disgusting, not even once naming a single company that is exploiting people's work force.

The FOCUS is a little bit better in its framing, but not by much.

50 BILLION FOR UNDEREMPLOYED!

(roughly translated)


Both headlines, however, are factually false, since they shift the attention immediately to the ones who are exploited in the first place, but hey, with the people working in "journalism" these days, they either have no fucking clue on how to write headlines anymore, or they are part of the great propaganda machinery that allows corruption and casual lying to continue world-wide.

How these headlines should have been constructed to be factually correct?

Simple.

CORPORATE EXPLOITATION OF EMPLOYEES
COSTS THE TAXPAYERS 50 BILLION EURO!

But, of course, we cannot do that, since the media itself is one of those areas where corporations have pressured writers, journalists, designers, artists to work for a pittance and the elusive honour to have been "published".

So, don't expect help from the corporate media in uncovering the truth.

They are in on it.

And to those "free marketeers" worldwide, I say this. If you really, honestly believed in the bullshit you are spouting, then a company, any company that fails to make a profit on its business model without subventions from the state...

... has to go fucking under.

Now, that would be a "free market".

But then again, you don't really believe that, do you? You only believe that nobody should tax you, that you shouldn't pay a share while you exploit those who work for you, while you are going to your parties and your lobbyist conventions, while you whisper in the ears of your bought politicians, telling them that "this here, this will make you look good, too, my friend, your unemployment rate will sink to fucking nothing, and hell, who's complaining, eh? Just the crazy professional left, and we can label those fuckers as communist traitors".

But again, nobody out there will listen.

Because it is so much easier to blame the victims in this.

Until you become the victim yourself.

[UPDATE, 9.31 AM] The only mass media outlet that got it right in framing the debate through the headline is... DER SPIEGEL (well, at least they didn't fuck it up as badly as the others here)

While there is still no blame assigned to the ones guilty, at least they don't turn the victims into villains by stating

STATE PAYS 50 BILLION TO RAISE BELOW
MINUM WAGE WORK TO WELFARE LEVELS 

Not perfect, not by a long shot, but better than the others.