What Countervailing Power?

If it seems like business has a greater voice in American discourse than workers, you're right:

[F]ully 61% of stories included a government representative of some kind, including those from state and local government. … Representatives of business, those identified as clearly speaking on behalf of the company or corporation, were the next most prominent sources, figuring in about 40% of the stories. … Ordinary citizens and workers were well down the rung of sources. … One subset of the American workforce was virtually shut out of the coverage entirely. … Representatives of organized labor unions were sources in a mere 2% of all the economy stories studied.

You wonder why income inequality has been increasing in the last decade or so; it may be because the people most affected don't have much of an opportunity to talk about it.

-- TIm Fernholz

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