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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise

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July 1998



While much of the reporting on the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors (GM) has demonstrated the typical media bias against business, some reporting has not. For example, ABCís Jim Williams, on the June 12 World News Tonight, noted that "auto analysts say GM has no choice but to trim a work force so bloated it cannot compete with other auto makers," pointing out that "last year, according to one analysis, Ford made more than $1,500 per vehicle, almost $1,000 more than GM, and Ford produced more than 33 cars per worker in 1997, while GM produced just 27." He reported that the striking Flint plant is "one of the most inefficient factories in the industry," and that "hundreds of workers have the right to go home hours early once they have met a daily production quota."

On that same eveningís Nightly News, NBCís Robert Hager noted that Ford and Chrysler "were forced to lean down more than a decade ago," but that GM has only recently had to consider overhauling "old, inefficient operations," such as union work rules, costly parts, and poorly designed operations using too many workers.

ó Rich Noyes





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