Posts tagged “South Coast Today”
August 21, 2013
Jeff Bezos, billionaire and CEO of Amazon, is purchasing The Washington Post, a move that is garnering significant objection from concerned journalists and readers. All are wondering: “Has plutocracy finally overwhelmed our press?”
In a South Coast Today op-ed piece, Sam Pizzigati, author of The Rich Don’t Always Win, has an interesting answer. He says, in reality, “America’s most powerful newspapers have always been partial to the privileged.” Those bemoaning the loss of yet another “grand” journalistic family forget that it’s actually the Grahams that made anti-union sentiment and practice acceptable when they hired replacements for their striking workers in 1975.
Since then, the American labor movement has dwindled into near non-existence. In Amazon’s warehouses, for example, there is apparently no union representation whatsoever. Pizzigati reports:
“Exhausted after 12-hour shifts, [Amazon] employees regularly wait, unpaid and for nearly a half-hour at security checkpoints meant to detect pilfering…[They] take home about $24,300 a year…barely more than the official poverty line for a famly of four and far less than what Walmart pays.”
It’s this “take-no-prisoners” mentality that made Bezos so wealthy—wealthy enough to purchase The Washington Post.