The story isn’t true – but it’s still being spread.
It started before the election. The story spread so far and so fast that five utility companies issued public statements saying it wasn’t true.
A full week later, the story was still being spread – by an anti-union newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Does this remind you of anything? Maybe Mitt Romney’s infamous allegations about Jeep moving production to China? Again, that story was immediately and thoroughly debunked – by the company – but Romney’s campaign kept spreading it, through television and radio ads.
Truth? Romney’s pollster said it didn’t matter: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.”
Yes, there’s a connection here. Romney’s campaign was funded by many of the same people and corporations that have invested millions in the “union avoidance” industry. Take a few minutes and read this analysis of the 2010 elections. It’s the very same players, now:
- Karl Rove, of election night meltdown fame, toured the country in 2009 opposing the Employee Free Choice Act;
- “Americans for Job Security” is a secretive group run out of a mail-drop box in a UPS store, but they spend millions on false advertising attacking candidates who support labor unions;
- “Americans for Prosperity” is run by the Koch brothers, spends tens of millions on misleading ads; and in 2009 sponsored a multi-state publicity tour opposing the Employee Free Choice Act;
- and the list goes on, and on.
[Top image of ConEd workers is by Dan DeLuca via Flickr/Creative Commons]