Media likes Sheen, but angry workers? Not so much

Corporate media to Charlie: Here we are now, entertain us.

Three blivets wreathed in American flags and automatic weapons could stand on a streetcorner with signs reading “Keep Your Damn Government Hands Off My Medicare,” and they would find themselves surrounded by camera crews from CNN, MSNBC and, of course, Fox News. But put 50,000 people a day out on the streets of Madison, put tens of thousands more on the streets in every state in the union, and those same news cameras are suddenly too busy covering the Oscars and Lindsey Lohan’s ongoing crime spree to make an effort at coverage.

Will Pitt, Truthout, March 1, by way of Suburban Guerrilla

To this I can only add that the media has made coverage of Charlie Sheen bigger than the Oscars (possibly the dullest telecast ever of this event) and Lohan combined. They know that Sheen, even though he’s wealthy and has Adonis DNA and tiger blood, seems to be venting the delusional, misplaced anger of everyone who has lost their bearing since the country’s financial crash in 2008.

It doesn’t matter what he’s actually saying — it’s his tone that fascinates them, and his capacity for denial, which is a lot like our capacity for denial. Not that I would pretend to diagnose him — the son of a bitch is funny, just as Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network was funny. He’s slightly more subdued than Beale but clearly feels as tuned in to great truths. (Beale really was, as it turned out.)

The mainstream media, owned by the sort of people who despise unions, is counting on Americans to want more from Charlie — “I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.” — and less from workers in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is about fighting back against those who are deluding us, and the media would definitely rather not go there, so to speak.

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2 Responses to Media likes Sheen, but angry workers? Not so much

  1. Crow says:

    I am an IT at an auto dealer with locations spread across 3 states. The HR is the daughter of the company president. If you are a female and complain about sexual harassment by a manager you are moved locations. If you ask for a raise they tell you that you should be happy you have a job. They will spend millions on new software that doesn’t work while cutting wages so the owner can have a new jet every 2 years. When I see union workers on my TV I pine to be unionized. The other IT talk about it all the time now about how great it would be.

    At what point do we organize? We are trapped in a cage of our own making it seems…


  2. Don says:

    I am opposed to immigration and immigration “reform” (amnesty). This country is overpopulated, and 21 million Americans are out of work.


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