Saturday, August 18, 2007

They Are Lying To You

N.C. waitress applauds minimum wage hike - Yahoo! News

So the Democrats had a North Carolina waitress deliver their weekly radio address. As someone who works for minimum wage, she talked about how great it is that the Democrats raised the failure minimum wage to help these Americans who have lost life's lottery.


Isn't it amazing that the Democrats just happened to find this little waitress who is living paycheck to paycheck? Isn't it great that they managed to lift her up as a symbol of America's working poor? Just swell.

Strangely enough, about a month ago the AP also found this woman and quoted her in the lead of their article about the minimum wage increase. I guess an AP reporter must have stopped at the diner she works at for a quick cup of joe. He was inspired by her inspiring story of working hard for a wage that most people consider a starting point rather than the finish line.

How strange that the AP writer and the Democrats should both have found this one waitress. Amazing, huh?

Again, bollocks.

The waitress in question, Fawn Townsend, is a member of a group called ACORN. ACORN is an international organization campaigning for "social and economic justice." In other words, Fawn is an activist.

Now that's fine. I have no problem with that at all. If I wanted to be a jerk I might say that if she spent less time on activism and more time on finding a better job she might not be making minimum wage. If I wanted to be a jerk I might say that. However, I don't want to be a jerk so I won't say any of that. What I'll say instead is that the AP needs to identify the people it quotes a little better. If it wants to quote from people who work with advocacy groups... People who are also quoted on said advocacy groups homepages... It needs to be a little more forthright about how it identifies them.

This means you, Jesse J. Holland. All it took was a Google search.

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