Sun. May 19th, 2024

Written by Thom Hartmann

picture-30Last week, the United States Post Office announced it is ending Saturday delivery of mail in an effort to save $2 billion a year.

Since then, our news media has completely botched the story, and given cover to a Republican Party and its corporate donors. For years they’ve been trying to destroy the United States Post Office – the largest employer of unionized workers in the nation – and now they’re making it happen. But almost nobody is reporting on that aspect of it.

One of the most egregious examples of this media malpractice occurred on Sunday’s Meet the Press, when David Gregory reported on the Post Office’s cutbacks by saying, “In the information age…what we affectionately call ‘snail mail’ seems somewhat impractical.”

He noted that there were “45 Billion fewer pieces of mail today than just five years ago,” and that the Post Office had a “$16 billion shortfall in 2012.”

“So the bigger question,” Gregory asks, “is this: Is the current model sustainable?”

Not once in the report, did David Gregory bring up the real reason why the Post Office is hemorrhaging cash and now taking drastic measures to find savings. The Post Office was described as just the latest victim of the digital age, rather than what it really is: the latest victim of the Conservative war on unions.

Rewind back to 2006.

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