On March 27th, the Wall Street Journal issued a sharp rebuke to supporters of organized labor who misquoted and distorted a sentence in an editorial. As we’ve noted several times (here and here), the Journal’s sentence was this:
- “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice makes it a dead letter.”
The distorters turned it into this:
- “The bill doesn’t remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act…”
The title of the Journal’s editorial, “George Miller Loves Us –Too bad he and Big Labor can’t read.”
So the Journal is clearly on record calling the distorters on the carpet, chief of which is Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee.
On Saturday, April 4, the Contra Costa Times ran a letter to the editor from Rep. George Miller, “Rep. George Miller: Times is wrong on union bill.” The first sentence:
Your readers deserve better than your editorial on the Employee Free Choice Act. Even The Wall Street Journal editorial page acknowledged that our bill does not eliminate the secret ballot.
Organized labor has never wanted to talk about what the Employee Free Choice Act actually does, instead preferring to offer euphemisms about “building the middle class” and “leveling the playing field.” We’ve come to expect pure cant and deceit from labor activists on this issue, so misquoting the Wall Street Journal is no surprise — except that it’s so obvious a misrepresentation.
But when a chairman of a House committee, an elected official, not only misrepresents an opponent of card check to make his case, and then continues to indulge in the misrepresentation after he’s been called on it…well, it IS a surprise.
What it tells you is that advocates for the Employee Free Choice Act know they can’t win the argument on the merits of their case.
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