Hot Take: Legacy Media Strikes Out While Striking

Nothing gets the liberal media’s juices flowing like a good labor strike, they eat that crap up. They love it so much that sometimes they have to take it upon themselves to get their fix.

Journalists at the Austin American-Statesman joined a one-day strike this week on Monday, protesting the wages and benefits provided to them by the paper’s parent company, Gannett. It’s only the latest example of a big city Texas paper’s staff rebelling against their parent company and managers — the Fort Worth Star-Telegram did it recently, too.

Members of the Austin News Guild, which oddly only includes Statesman employees despite many other Austin-based journalists, took to the sidewalk outside their paper’s building with signs and megaphones in hand.

There, they demanded a $60,000 wage floor…for ALL POSITIONS.

Asking for a pay raise is a right of every employee, but there is no requirement it be granted, let alone a right to such a massive demand. Entry level positions are entry level for a reason. As experience is gained, so too is the value of the employee.

But guess what, more context makes that request even more absurd!

One of the Statesman reporters tweeted that Gannett is “in deep debt.” That raises the question: if they’re in so much debt, where in tarnation will they get the money to provide all of their employees at least $60,000?!

Do they think money grows on trees?? Probably!

Also, what the heck do they think a one day strike is going to do? They were all back on the job the very next day. The main leverage of a strike is the uncertainty of its duration, and these journalists just gave away the bag right off the bat.

So much of it makes no sense!

All this bluster also ignores the fact that the legacy media is broken; it’s a broken business model with broken priorities relying on a broken, guilt-driven pitch to consumers.

News is a product like anything else, and consumers get what they pay for. It is nobody’s “civic duty” to subscribe to or support their local paper, yet that’s what the pitch is from nearly all media outlets. Beatings will continue until morale improves.

“Do your duty and support your local paper.”


And of course, their counterparts in the legacy media ate it all up. 

I’m sure the one-day pressure campaign landed with the full weight of a feather. They can’t strike around addition and subtraction — the math is the math!

While they’re all focused on this, they continue to ignore the real problem hitting the media industry’s wallet: their subpar quality product teeming with bias.

That’s why I launched The Texan. I was tired of the fake news from legacy media chock full of opinion.

Four years later, we’ve proven that it’s really not that hard to treat news like the fact-providing product it was always supposed to be.

For those who’ve supported us along the way, thank you! And if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to The Texan so that you can stay informed with news you can trust.