"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Lies and the Lying Liars, Part I 

This morning I happened to see this appalling, dishonest anti-union advertisement (WMV-format video), produced by an organization calling itself the "Center for Union Facts" [sic]. And who are these lying cretins? That's a good question:
The Center for Union Facts is a secretive front group for individuals and industries opposed to union activities. It is part of lobbyist Rick Berman's family of front groups including the Employment Policies Institute....

United Press International noted that "the group's spokesman refused to release the names of its donors or say where its funding came from."

Berman told Bloomberg reporter, Kim Bowman, that he had raised "about $2.5 million from companies, trade organizations and individuals, whom he declined to identify."

Sarah Longwell, a spokeswoman for the Center for Union Facts, echoed Berman's groups standard claim for secrecy on who funds their front groups. "The reason we don't disclose supporters is because unions have a long history of targeting anyone who opposes them, whether it be in a threatening way or by lodging campaigns against them," she told Detroit Free Press.

The paper reported that while Wal-Mart Stores denied funding the group it stated that "it has a relationship in which it exchanges union information with Berman, the group's head."

One interesting detail - the "workers" in the advertisement who are complaining about those predatory unions are, of course, portrayed by actors. One wonders whether these actors hold SAG or AFTRA cards.




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