NPR: Citizens United is Good for Unions Too!

Actually the segment on NPR's All Things Considered was titled, 'Citizen's United Ruling Benefits Union Campaigners'.

It was about as close to propaganda as NPR can get. The very notion that Unions, in decline for the past 30 years and who represent maybe 8% of workers in the private sector and a bit more in government -- that Unions can come even close to matching what Corporate America is putting together is disingenuous to say the least.

I mean, look what NPR presented: a bunch of guys doing phone-banking! Yeah, that costs a million -- sure couldn't do that before Citizen United! No facts, no figures. Just little Johnny with his lemonade stand being dragged out to show that, yes indeed-dy, there's competition to all those Wall St. Billionaires.

The harmful effect of such mindless reporting, beyond NPR being able to claim it's looking at 'both sides' is to play down just how dangerous to our democracy this reactionary SCOTUS decision is.

UPDATE (9/27/2012): OMG: NYT is indulging in the same self-deception: "'Super PACs' Finally a Draw for Democrats" -- until you get down to the actual numbers:

"The Democratic super PAC donor world remains far less robust than the Republican one. Total giving to their four groups reached $74 million through the beginning of September, not including donations to two affiliated tax-exempt groups that do not have to disclose their donors and fund-raising to the Federal Election Commission.

That is far less than the $300 million that two groups co-founded by the Republican strategist Karl Rove are aiming to raise."

If you free money to go wherever it pleases, the party of wealth and power will always win hands down. But don't believe me, just wait till the final 'returns' are in this time round -- or even better, wait till 2016 when Democrats don't have an incumbent in the White House.