by Jon Sanders
Director of the Center for Food, Power, and Life, Research Editor, John Locke Foundation
Last month I asked, “Why don’t reports on minimum-wage hikes cite mainstream economic thinking on it?” In response to one of the many articles in which reporters write about the issue, I wrote:
The News & Observer reports today about “34 arrested while advocating for a $15 minimum wage and better conditions for NC poor .” Which to anyone familiar with the issue reads like “Nearly three dozen people get arrested seeking to disemploy hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians in the daft notion they’re making conditions better for the poor.”
But here’s how the N&O’s report covers the topic:
Paragraph 1: 34 arrested at the Legislative Building, and here’s what they were protested for: $15/hr. minimum wage and unions.
Paragraphs 2-5: Discussion of the campaign inducing people into getting arrested at the rally.
Paragraph 6: Legislators raised state workers’ pay but did not more than double the minimum wage on private employers.
Next several paragraphs: Here are statistics and bullet points used at the rally to talk about living expenses.
Final paragraphs: More details about the rally, its desire for unions and a $15/hr. minimum wage, and living expenses.
But once again, no mention — no peep — no hint — in the article about the economics of the minimum wage. It was basically a rehash of rally talking points, an advocacy piece masquerading as journalism.
In other words, no responsible reporting on the issue.