The Fontainebleau Hotel and resort in Miami. This is where the AFL-CIO chose to have its meetings to discuss their labor issues. It is one of the most expensive hotels in America.
I just want to point out what should be obvious to anyone with a brain in their head. The banking industry was vilified by the national media for going on previously planned junkets to show appreciation for their biggest shareholders.
The articles in the news made the banking industry out to be “scam artists” that were taking the taxpayers money and wasting it by having these meetings.
There were 13, 383 articles about about Northern Trust spending taxpayer money on these same type of junkets. Yet the silence is deafening when it comes to the “friends of the liberal media” AFL-CIO.
The AFL-CIO story as of this moment has only been carried by five news outlets. FIVE!!! The Fontainebleau hotel gets more than $400.00 a night for their cheapest rooms. It is one of the most exclusive resorts on Miami Beach.
So the next time someone chooses to post a comment or email me about how I have it all wrong when it comes to the painfully liberal bias in the national media, I will direct them to this article. JD
Copy of one of the five articles below.
It’s a bad time to be taking a “business” trip to a luxurious retreat in a warm climate. Especially if you’re doing it on someone else’s dime. If the networks find out, they’ll sneak hidden cameras in and report every detail of your lavish parties, and issue outraged cries about living high while others suffer. But, wait, you’re a union, not a company?
Never mind. You may have to dodge that pesky Fox News reporter, but the networks are only interested in corporate wrongdoing.
Labor leaders began meeting March 4 at the recently renovated (for $1 billion dollars) Fountainebleu hotel in Miami. Apparently, there are some things they could only discuss things at a $400/night resort. The best part for these AFL-CIO sun seekers? The entire cushy trip is paid for by union members’ dues:the same people currently losing their jobs hand over fist.
The meeting is evidently designed make sure the AFL-CIO can get hold of more members’ dues. The retreat is for union leaders to strategize on how to make sure they get passage of “Card Check,” the legislation designed to end the secret ballot and sign up more members. More members mean more money.
The broadcast networks, who’s “investigative reporters” have so doggedly exposed the private jets, five star junkets and decorating excesses of companies lately, have cut the AFL-CIO some slack. Neither the evening news programs nor the morning shows even noted the gathering. Only Fox News sent a correspondent, Brian Wilson, to detail the hard work union bosses were doing.
Despite the March 5 visit of Vice President Joe Biden to the South Beach resort to discuss “Card Check,” The networks didn’t even mention the event. The White House went so far as to bar coverage of the meeting.
All of this stands in stark contrast to the frenzy and hand wringing surrounding Northern Trust and their PGA tour affiliated events. The Republican Party has often been portrayed as friends of Wall Street and other “fat cats” while Democrats and labor unions are fighting for the neglected worker. Revealing a labor group’s hypocrisy is not in the liberal media’s interest.