Thursday, June 4, 2009

Morning Joe's Stupidity Knows No Bounds

It's always fun when conservatives get caught building upon the factually challenged cornerstones of their philosophy to create amazing leaps in logic (Gay Marrige=End of Civilization, Taxes=Bad no matter what, Not carpet bombing at all times= Weakness, etc.). Yesterday on Morning Joe, we saw this phenomenon in action, in relation to unions. According to the hosts and the show's panel:

Unions=Evil, bad for business >>> Unions= So evil and bad for business that it makes it impossible to make a profit >>> NO UNION BUSINESS HAS EVER MADE A PROFIT IN THE HISTORY OF TIME!!1!!1!

Media Matters:
The Morning Joe crew was on an anti-union tear this morning, claiming the union label on a company means "sell." Mika Brzezinski went so far as to say of unions: "They cripple the system that makes a company work." Collectively, the journalists on Morning Joe couldn't name a single "successful" unionized company.

This says more about their qualifications to discuss public policy and labor relations than it says about unions. To pick just one obvious example, UPS is unionized -- and the company made more than $3 billion last year. That's "billion" with a "b," and those are profits, not revenues.

Oh, what the heck, let's take one more example. GE is one of the world's largest companies; in 2006, its revenues were greater than the gross domestic products of 80 percent of UN nations. The company made more than $18 billion in 2008 -- again, billion with a b, and again, those are profits, not revenue. All that despite (or, perhaps, because of) the fact that 13 different unions represent GE workers.
Oh, and GE owns NBC-Universal, which owns MSNBC, which pays Joe Scarborough a handsome salary (and the unionized workers who help get his show on the air considerably less.

Does Joe Scarborough think NBC and GE are not "successful" companies? Does Mika Brzezinski think the unionized workers she no doubt interacts with every day are crippling her ability to do her job, or her employer's ability to be successful?
Although in a strange way I guess Morning Joe is trying to prove it's own point by producing such a crappy product that their show (produced by a union company) no longer remains profitable. Keep it up, guys!

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