Moore: Trump’s Carrier Deal Reveals Media Bias
Monday, December 05, 2016
When a Republican does something, their reflex is to try and discredit the action. When a Democrat does something, their reflex is to praise.
Almost all of the major media outlets have been reporting on the deal and featuring critics of the deal’s specifics who are focusing on its negative aspects. And the news reporting has focused, in large part, on the negative aspects of the deal. The tone of the news reports haven’t been positive.
Yet, an honest appraisal of the deal would show that it’s a big win for the state of Indiana, the 1,000 workers that would’ve lost their jobs if Carrier relocated elsewhere (likely Mexico).
What’s With The (Legacy) Media?
That’s because, although the final figures have yet to be sorted out, a good ballpark figure for the Carrier deal is that it will cost Indiana taxpayers around $7 million dollars over the 12-year life of the deal, and will save over 1,000 jobs.
The economic multiplier impact for the deal with easily outweigh the cost of the deal. The thousand employees who now won’t lost their jobs will not need to apply for government benefits. Instead, they’ll be spending the money they earn at Indiana-based businesses and elsewhere.
If it were President Obama who made this deal with Carrier as opposed to Trump, does anyone really doubt that the legacy media narrative would be completely different? Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the deal, such as its cost and the fact that it sets a bad precedent for companies threatening to leave the USA, they would focus on the positive, job-savings aspects of the deal.
When Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced last June that General Electric was planning to open up a new technology office here in Providence, that would eventually employ at least 100 jobs, with the possibility of “hundreds” in the future, she received almost universally positive accolades and the media narrative was positive.
Most news stories only mentioned the cost of the deal at the bottom, and the newscasts mentioned the costs as an afterthought.
That’s interesting, because on a per job basis, the deal to bring the General Electric technology office to Rhode Island is a more expensive deal than the deal Trump and Vice President-elect (and current Indiana Governor) Mike Pence agreed to. Raimondo’s deal to bring General Electric to Rhode Island also didn’t have exact figures, but the exact estimates from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation put the cost of the incentives at $5.5 million over the 10-year period.
That means the Trump deal (which has been roundly criticized) compares favorable to the Raimondo deal, which was not the subject of such derision. Spending about $7 million to save 1,000 jobs is better than spending $5.5 million to create maybe a few hundred jobs.
Don’t get me wrong: I think both deals make sense. If Trump stood by idly and did nothing, allowing Carrier to move to Mexico, the legacy media would criticize him for that as well.
And in Rhode Island, we have high taxes and fee and onerous regulations. That’s a recipe for economic disaster. Until we improve our tax, cost, and regulation structure, the state will be forced to offer incentives and other special deals to bring jobs here. I consider it a necessary evil.
What’s frustrating, however, is the fact that the legacy media holds different politicians to different standards, based largely on whether they identify as liberal or conservative.
That’s why the majority of the country doesn’t trust the media, and is increasingly turning to new and alternative media outlets for their news. And the old school media outlets have on themselves to blame for it.
Related Slideshow: Rhode Island’s Changing Media Landscape
Radio, print, television and digital - the faces in Rhode Islands's media has changed drastically over the past months... Let's take a look at some of the biggest moves:
The long time Providence Journal columnist Bob Kerr was sent packing by the new ownership group.
The unceremonious dismissal ended the tenure of the Projo's only true news columnist.
Kerr was talented and often controversial.
The long-time publisher was Belo's man in Providence. Howard Sutton was the man that implemented the changes that Dallas wanted to try and make the company more efficient and more profitable.
The results were dismal. Maybe no newspaper in the country lost a higher precentage of ad revenue than the Projo over the past decade.
He was the face of the paper in the community.
Rick Daniels has joined GoLocal24 as Chief Operating Officer.
Daniels is the former President of the Boston Globe. He also served as CEO of Gatehouse Media for New England and led a consortium of investors who attempted to purchase the Boston Globe from the New York Times Company in 2013.
Daniels then went on to play a key role at Empirical Media Advisors based in New York, focused mainly on Tribune Publishing, where Emprical’s co-founder and CEO, Jack Griffin, recently took the role of CEO.
Fred Campagna has joined FOX25 in Boston.
Before Campagna began working at FOX25, he served as the Chief On-Air Meteorologist at ABC6 for fourteen years.
After leaving ABC6 in July 2012, Campagna launched his own digital weather platform, Right Weather.
WLNE-TV has fired anchor Karen Meyers. She had been with the station since 2011.
Meyers had anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news with John DeLuca. Sources say station management opted not to renew her contract and decided to go in another direction.
Before Meyers joined ABC6, she was a reporter/anchor with New England Cable News and was a reporter in Washington, DC.
According to RIPR reporter Ian Donnis, Providence Journal's Health Reporter is leaving. Felice Freyer has been the sole reporter covering Rhode Island's largest businss sector.
Freyer leaves for the Boston Globe.
Her departure follows Phil Marcelo who recently left the Projo for AP in Boston.
Editor's note: An earlier version incorrectly had RIPR reporter Scott MacKay as breaking the story.
Veteran radio reporter Flo Jonic recently was fired by RINPR after she filed complaints against the station for gender-based pay discrimination.
Jonic is a 30 year veteran of New England news radio.
In her charge filed in February, Jonic wrote, "I believe that I have been discriminated against based on my sex by my employer," and referred to the difference in her pay and that of RIPR reporter Ian Donnis.
"Currently, [reporter] Ian Donnis earns at least $75,000 a year, while I make $51,000 per year. We perform the same duties, and I have 32 more years experience than he does," wrote Jonic in her complaint.
After a seven year stint reporting for the Providence Journal's state house bureau, Phil Marcelo left the paper to take a reporting gig with the Boston office of the Associated Press.
Hailing from Long Island, New York, Marcelo came to ProJo in 2006, and covered everything from regional news, to Providence City Hall and the Statehouse. Marcelo's departure was first reported by WRNI's Ian Donnis.
Formerly a nightly news reporter for WJAR, Tremmel was fired from the "Team You Trust" after two clips, one of her performing on-air handstands, and the other offering tips on what to do during a bear attack, went viral.
The video became an internet sensation, but long-time Channel 10 newsman Jim Taricani called Tremmel’s antics “a smudge on our station's reputation.”
A long-time staple of Channel 10’s news team, Taricani announced plans to retire after over three decades with the station.
Taricani has won 5 regional Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and a Prestigious Yankee Quill Award from the New England Newspaper Association.
He was convicted to six months in prison in 2004 for refusing to reveal a source, and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
WPRO talk show host has come under fire for comments he made on air regarding women. Leading union organizations have called for DePetro to be fired.
Most recently, he has been on announced suspension.
DePetro apologized for his comments.
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