Low Information Reporters: Where low information voters are created

If you ever wondered where low information voters come from, here’s one place to start: Low information reporters.

Here’s an excerpt from MLive.com. See if you can spot the problem sentence in this excerpt of our MLive reporter recanting Mark Schauer (Democrat) latest campaign speech:

He pledged to fight for a minimum wage increase, restoration of school funding and the earned income tax credit and repeals of pension taxes and right-to-work legislation that banned collecting union dues.

Uhhh, “legislation that banned collecting union dues“? Really?

Michigan’s Right-to-work law only prohibits forcing workers to pay dues to a union:

Right-to-work means that unions can’t require an employee be fired for declining to pay union dues or agency fees, while maintaining a union’s ability to collectively bargain.

You would think a reporter covering Michigan’s Gubernatorial campaign would know what, exactly, Michigan’s right-to-work law actually says since the right-to-work issue is going to be an important topic in the governor’s race for the next nine months or so.

*** Cross posted @ MCT ***

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  2 comments for “Low Information Reporters: Where low information voters are created

  1. Corinthian Scales
    February 2, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Great post, Steve. Good to see you here. Truthfully, if one is aware of the "journalists" background, I'm not so sure it can be asserted that this is a case of "Low Information Reporters" as much as a case made of it being just another example of politically motivated - disinformation. Face it, Siblani and his ilk aren't exactly what one would call friends of anyone on the Right side of the political spectrum much less being true to our constitution.

    That aside, what I find more troubling in this "news" article is the following.

    "Michigan's education is at it's highest level in state history," said Michigan Republican Party spokesman Darren Littell.

    Senate Fiscal Agency records show that overall education funding has increased since Snyder took office, but the nonpartisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan notes that much of the extra funds have gone toward increased state contributions to retirement funds, rather than into classrooms.

    Highest funding in history under Rick Snyder? Why? Is it because the MI-GOP Majority with every lever of power in Lansing, created yet another tax so they could kick the debt can down the road? Everything points to that fact.

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    • steve
      February 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Thanks for the kind words.

      I tried to give our intrepid reporter the benefit of the doubt, saying he's uniformed rather than being politically motivated.

      I agree, there is a lot of problems in that supposed 'news' article. Political commentary masquerading as 'news' is a real problem.

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