The MSM is Writing About Americans Who’re Having a Tough Time

As a former journalist, I often despair over how much time my former colleagues, as a body, spend covering political gossip, the doings of the wealthy, and the viewpoint of the Right in general. However – and we have the Occupy movement to thank for this; how many people used the term “the 1 Percent” before they did? – I have noticed greater reporting on poverty, on the millions of people left behind after the Recession, and on the struggles of ordinary Americans to get by in an era of declining wages. There still isn’t sufficient mention of the fact that these conditions are the direct result of public and private-sector policy, not Chance or Fate, but perhaps that will come.

In the meantime, I saw this piece in the Times, touching on how low-wage work is replacing a secure retirement for people of my generation. The Times has also done some great work via its The Great Divide series and on its Economix blog.

Jim Tankersley at the Post, along with the Wonkblog crew, have also done some exceptional work explaining to people how Life is lived by millions of Americans and why it’s that way.

Imagine what the public debate would sound like if these subjects were a top priority for our media.

Later,

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