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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise

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September 1998


Strike Fallout?

The short attention spans of many network journalists lead to inadequate reporting of numerous business stories.

Example: Last year’s strike at UPS. Many analysts predicted that the strike would hurt UPS workers in the long run by harming the company. Has that happened? NBC’s Allan Chernoff is one of the few network reporters to keep tabs on the story: "UPS Teamsters claimed victory last year, but now the company is nullifying a key part of the new contract to create 20,000 full-time jobs, because UPS failed to recapture business lost during the strike," he reported on the August 2 Nightly News. Other reporters don’t seem interested in the long-term effects of strikes, even ones that seem so important at the time.

Rich Noyes






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