Card Check: Accountability, Misquoting the Wall Street Journal

By April 15, 2009Labor Unions

A constituent calls Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, to task for knowingly misrepresenting the Wall Street Journal’s opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. From the Contra Costa Times letters, April 9.

When a congressman gets 75 percent of the vote, as Rep. George Miller did in 2006 and 2008, one would think he would not need to lower himself to deception, as he did in his April 4 letter.

Miller wrongfully accused your editorial of misrepresentation of the facts regarding his support for the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act.

Miller stated: “Even The Wall Street Journal editorial page acknowledged that our bill does not eliminate the secret ballot.”

Here is the full quote Miller is referring to: “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice makes it a dead letter.”

On March 27, the Journal published an editorial castigating Miller, his Web site and some others for using only the first part of that sentence.

They are taking the comment 100 percent out of context and using it to deceive others into believing EFCA does not effectively end the true purpose of the secret ballot.

Why does Miller feel the need to misrepresent the facts to support his position? Certainly it is not to get votes, as he has all he needs.

Don’t we, as residents of his gerrymandered district, deserve better?

Dennis Lund

As we’ve suggested before (here and here), if your most prominent public advocate and Congressional supporter feels compelled to misrepresent the legislation, he must have doubts about its merits.

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