Sunday, July 8, 2012

In The Media - Be Careful What You Believe

Great article today on CMD – about how the news media can mislead us.
NPR isn't even a safe haven.
I strongly recommend reading it.

I can’t help wonder if ALEC’s new PR firm – Edelman – put this guy out in front of  the media - cause he is a media pro.

NPR, NBC Use One Guy for Small Biz Opposition to ACA and Fail to Disclose his NFIB Ties
But NBC, NPR and others only gave NFIB's Olivo the spotlight, after NFIB helped build him up as a "spokesperson" for small business.

As a consequence, the audience not only received distorted information about the view of small businesses, but it received a message that was cultivated through NFIB, which is bankrolled by interests that are not "small" at all.

Olivo is a member of (and apparent spokesman for) the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which was the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act. As the Center for Media and Democracy has reported, the NFIB is a highly partisan front group masquerading as representative of small businesses. The NFIB has received millions from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and has strong ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

Read the whole thing >>>>HERE<<<

From ALEC Exposed trade groups listing
National Federation of Independent Business[16][5][28], State corporate co-chair of Alabama,[2] recipient in August 2011 of ALEC's Private Sector Member of the Year Award[29] and speaker-- via its Manager of Legislative Affairs, Kevin Kuhlman-- on "Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!" at ALEC's 2011 Annual Meeting[30]

AND this guy isn’t a one-time wonder on national media.

Not only is NFIB using this right wing talking piece for the Affordable Health Care Act – they also are using him for discussions on minimum wage.

NFIB Member Joe Olivo Appears on MSNBC to Debate Minimum Wage
Moorestown, NJ (June 9, 2012) – Local printer Joe Olivo, a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), appeared Sunday on national television opposite Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Il), to debate legislation that would raise the national minimum wage nearly 40 percent.

Wonder how much he is making from the right wing to spiel right wing talking points.  
Probably not doing it for free.
Gotta help – if your business is not giving you the profits you want.

And he is a right wing representative on national GOP TV panel (my emphasis)

NFIB/New Jersey Member Joe Olivo Talks Small Business Hiring with Fox’s Neil Cavuto
Joe Olivo, owner of Perfect Printing in Moorestown, N.J., and vice-chair of the NFIB/New Jersey Leadership Council was recently featured in a panel on Fox News “Your World” with Neil Cavuto. Olivo and his fellow panelists discussed the hesitation in hiring new employees due to economic uncertainty, limited access to credit, taxes and the new healthcare law.

Olivo says his business has seen increased regulation, such as the new healthcare law, and he is unsure of how it will impact his organization. He also believes the new tax bill will consume profits that could otherwise be used to purchase new equipment. When asked what the president could do to encourage him to start hiring, Olivo said, “Cut taxes and tell the bureaucracies to stop over-regulating.”

As CMD points out – be careful !!

This guy isn’t only a small business owner – he is a right wing talking hack and probably making plenty doing it.

I wonder if he'll get a "scholarship" to an ALEC meeting.

The free market at work – giving you nasty misleading news that you thinks really represents small businesses when it does NOT!

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