Media Constructs Reality: News Coverage of Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increase Slanted Heavily Towards Business Interests

 

 

An analysis by PressProgress (Source) of dozens of news articles covering the province’s recent minimum wage increase reveals Canadian newspapers overwhelmingly privileged the perspective of businesses over the perspective of Ontario’s low-wage workers.

 

 

Three-quarters of all news coverage (75%) between December 31, 2017 and January 4th, 2018 greeting the new minimum wage – including news reports, opinion columns and editorials – directly quoted or cited figures from business owners, bankers and corporate lobby groups.

 

 

Despite a body of credible research from academic sources showing minimum wage increases have clear economic benefits and 53 Canadian economists endorsing the policy, half of all news articles (50%) failed to list any economic benefits whatsoever from raising the minimum wage.

Instead, headlines were dominated by misleading claims of job losses and anecdotes from small business owners.

Full article  HERE

Keep in mind the Mass Media Principles when evaluating any type of media text , journalism, advertisement, cinema, television, music & video,magazines, novels and factual reportage, and any social media.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Media Constructs Reality: News Coverage of Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increase Slanted Heavily Towards Business Interests

  1. Same the world over and we haven’t yet learned how to combat corporate and government theft…… the rich get richer and the poor remain poor, however hard they work. Sad reflection on todays society.

    • Yes, continually in a game of trying to level the playing field – each time you do, they find ways of bending the rules to their favour.

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