Ed Driscoll

Wealthy Corporate One-Percenters Exploit Lower Classes

Past Performance is no guarantee of future results:

‘What is riskier than living poor in America?’ Harris-Perry demanded. ‘Seriously! What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No. There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won’t, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness.”

“MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Loses Temper, Can’t Stand the Wealthy Being Regarded as Risk Takers,” Hot Air, September 2nd, 2012. ”

Chris Hayes is what passes for a progressive intellectual at MSNBC.

Which makes his simple-minded and manifestly mistaken proposal that much more maddening. Making a peek-a-boo video-clip appearance on today’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s show, which focused on finding solutions to poverty in America, Hayes was seen holding up a hand-written sign with his solution, reading “Giving people money: It’s actually that easy.” View the video after the jump.

— “Chris Hayes’ ‘Easy’ Solution To Poverty: Give People Money!”, Newsbusters, May 12, 2013.

The avalanche of lawsuits on the internship front keeps coming.

The latest is a proposed class action against NBCUniversal from Jesse Moore, who says he worked 24-hour-or-more weeks in the booking department at MSNBC in 2011, and Monet Eliastam, who says she worked 25-hour-or-more weeks on the staff of Saturday Night Live in 2012.

They are being represented by Outten & Golden, the same law firm that represented two former Black Swan interns in a summary judgment win against Fox Searchlight last month.

According to the complaint, “By misclassifying Plaintiffs and hundreds of workers as unpaid or underpaid interns, NBCUniversal has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees, including unemployment, workers’ compensation insurance, social security contributions, and, most crucially, the right to earn a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.”

The plaintiffs believe that the amount of money in controversy exceeds $5 million.

— “Former MSNBC and ‘Saturday Night Live’ Interns Target NBCUniversal in Lawsuit,” Hollywood Reporter, July 3rd, 2013.