Class Warfare

Jesus tits:

At a rally Monday outside the Pioneer Press building, there will be some banners and high-sounding speeches about how these job losses are bad for our communities.

This surely will sound self-serving, especially to a laid-off Ford, Andersen Window or 3M worker. After all, why is a journalist’s job more important than anyone else’s?

In other words, it’s okay to be economically raped if everybody else is getting it done to them in exactly the same way.

I’m sorry, that’s just …

Far be it from me to claim journalists deserve some special privilege, but the writer’s point here is that if you can speak up and fight back and make a case for why your occupation is valuable and corporate greed is insane, you should just shut up because other people haven’t been able or willing to make that same case successfully in their own fields. Whuh?

Insanity via Romenesko.

Update: It is suggested by smart commenters that I’ve read a bit of devil’s advocacy as snark, and overreacted in my irritation with Grow instead of the corporate masters he does in fact excoriate. Read the comments for that, and I’ll try not to post before sufficient coffee anymore.


4 thoughts on “Class Warfare

  1. I disagree. Grow isn’t saying that it’s okay that journalists are being let go; nor is he saying that the layoffs at Ford, Anderson or elsewhere are okay. He’s saying that journalists, who once “wrote the stories [about job losses in other industries] from a safe distance, relatively secure in our own jobs,” are no longer immune. “Like Ford workers, we’ve become a bottom-line problem, which is quite a comedown from being members of the Fourth Estate.” I don’t see Grow saying that’s in any way good.

  2. uh, I think you are misreading this. First, the graph you pulled is the lead-in to a refuting quote (proving how it ISN’T self-serving), and there is no mention of any union worker actually saying or even thinking those things.
    Secondly, the question was “why is a journalist’s job more important than anyone else’s?” — not the same as.
    Either way, what you are inferring is not what the person implied.
    — joshowitz

  3. I don’t think journalists have ever seen themselves as a privileged class. I know how hard my brother struggled as a journalist with pretty low pay for a long time. I did a lot better as an engineer, but these days, even engineering jobs get outsourced to India.
    We are all in it together against the corporate powers, and even they struggle against each other, being bought out and swallowed up constantly. We’ve created a society where bigger is always seen as better, where people don’t matter, where everyone is out for themselves and every corporation is out for itself. This can’t last. The question is how to change it, and journalists have to be a part of that change.
    I don’t think the answer is it’s ok if everyone gets screwed. I think the answer has to be that we all start sticking up for each other again.

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