How the Media got “Class” Wrong in the Democratic

Published on political affairs.net, by Mike Tolochko, June 16, 2008.

The struggle for the votes from the working class has never been more openly discussed. In the mainstream media, we’ve heard the phrase “working class” far more than the classless phrase “middle class” in recent weeks.

This is new feature for national elections.

Defining “working class” is a problem, however. Commercial pundits on CNN, MSNBC and other major corporate media are making the definition but in a way that shows their clearly anti-working class agenda. They have dissected the working class into its various parts. Why not? They have no interest in unifying workers with a peoples’ agenda. In its rawest form the parceling process, as expressed on television went something like this: …

… Why is this Important?

Well, during their primary process, the Republicans generally didn’t engage in winning working-class votes. This will change dramatically in the general election. The Republicans can and will be able to present their own working-class leaders; leaders of woman organizations; and carefully selected African American and other minority leaders. They may even attract some union leaders. The Republicans have plenty of money and the frustrations are running high.

While John McCain on many levels is a very weak candidate, when the campaign gets heated up, he won’t be by himself. He will be bolstered by support from Colin Powell and other Black Republican leaders who are not pro-Bush; they will selectively utilize Condoleezza Rice.

Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor, of Indian decent will be an effective campaigner, nullifying, to some extent the use of Katrina against the Republicans. You get the picture.

But, then the Republicans can roll in their big monopoly corporate hitters from the oil industry, real estate interests; Wall Street financiers and the rest to support their own self-interest. These will not be displayed in the CNN and MSNBC circles, but behind the scenes with money and influence … (full text).

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