Dear Esteemed Media, Don’t Rely On Lazy Reporting About The Job Market
During a segment on the esteemed NBC Nightly News, a reporter was sent out to investigate the slow resurgence of the job industry, as businesses struggle to get back to form, while dealing with the added stress of hunting for potential candidates to fill the open positions that are gathering dust from lack of public interest.
It didn’t take long for my growing suspicions to be realized when aggravated business owners took advantage of the temporary spotlight and swiftly launched into accusatory mode against out-of-work Americans.
Their argument echoes the blatant ignorance displayed by former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who was fiercely against extending unemployment benefits to cushion the blow of a global pandemic on households sinking in piling bills and debt. Mnuchin and his idiot allies were convinced that jobless Americans navigating a deadly climate and uncertain future were becoming lazy, thanks to their newfound wealth from weekly unemployment benefits, and this complacency killed the so-called “booming economy.”
NBC Nightly News revived that misguided narrative with the assistance of visibly perturbed employers, who have every right to be immensely concerned about the cumbersome task of getting back to business during a season that still echoes the trials and tribulations from a global health catastrophe that’s far from over.
But blaming the glaring lack of interest by the unemployed in returning to the workforce, despite the professed availability of jobs, on the unfair responsibility of having to compete with the generosity of government assistance that can afford to give up to $600 a week to those who need it the most is an offensive attempt at shaming the poor in an effort to avoid addressing the real culprit.
Perhaps NBC Nightly News and other prominent news organizations should start investing in the journalistic valor that is readily claimed, but not always fully demonstrated when the stakes are high enough to demand that level of expertise and empathy.
The subject of wage stagnation and how it systemically oppresses the “have nots” with deliberate mechanisms that are meant to protect the livelihood of the rich and the richer, at the expense of the overworked and grossly underpaid has to take precedence over empty debates about privileged members of the ailing Republican Party and supreme leader Donald Trump.
COVID has done its worst, and with a staggering death count that hasn’t stopped tragic additions, and not even the miraculous arrival of vaccines can wipe away the extensive damage that has resulted from the months-long nationwide shutdown, not to mention the emotional toll and financial setbacks that are epic in scope.
If NBC Nightly News truly wants to investigate the troubled job market that’s pitting eager employers with rightfully cautious candidates, then the best approach would be to dig deeper into the crevices of systemic assault on the American worker, and how when shit was right, gluttonous employers shamelessly took advantage of their enviable positions without guilt.
Before COVID became our grim reality, the erratic job market worked against the best interests of job seekers, who not only had to contend with crippling competition from other qualified candidates, but also grappled with the utter disrespect from inconsistent hiring managers, who understood how to infuriatingly waste the time and energy of job hopefuls.
Now the tables have turned for reasons that are out of anyone’s control, including watchful forecasters, who are barely able to keep up with the zig-zag motions of the labor market.
The reporting done by NBC Nightly News did a great disservice to the plight of the unemployed, who are absolutely not basking in the lottery win of weekly unemployment benefits; a ridiculously concocted crock of shit that the media has sadly elevated with the traitorousness that’s reminiscent of what the Trump administration trumpeted during those dire months of death and destruction.
We simply can’t afford to re-traumatize shambled American households that are just now beginning to pick up the pieces from the rubble that can’t be rebuilt.
There has to be a revolution that takes hold of the workforce and updates the archaic blueprint by implementing progressive agendas that will boost the viability of job seekers in ways that drastically improve the process of job hunting with the restoration of common courtesy from hiring companies.
You can’t blame the jobless for refusing to go back to work without delving into the concrete reasons why being cheated out of a livable wage, despite working hard as hell for that basic human right is no longer an appealing option for those who’ve had more than enough time to make that assessment.
Dear esteemed media, please don’t rely on lazy reporting about the job market.
Not now, not ever.