"Welcome to the real world, New York Times reporters!"
Those were the words that famed radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh leveled against the staff at the New York Times over a video where they bemoan cuts in their staff pensions, in a video released by the Daily Rushbo. "They think they're going to get our sympathy!" Limbaugh crows. "The New York Times rips Scott Walker for making these changes while the New York Times institutes these very same changes."
The video Limbaugh is responding to was released as part of contract negotiations between the unionized journalists who work for the New York Times and their publisher, Arthur Sulzberger. The video is below, followed by commentary from the New York Post:
The nearly six-minute video comes as representatives of the Times and the Guild are slated to meet today in a bid to try and make some progress in the talks.
The unionized reporters and editors at the Times have been without a contract for more than a year.
The Times, after initially demanding a three-year wage freeze, is now offering a one-year freeze and 1 percent pay hikes in years two and three.
UPDATE: Limbaugh doubled down on these sentiments further on in his show, delivering a monologue arguing that the reports should strike so the Times will fail. The Daily Rushbo has cut out the most forceful part:
RUSH: No, no, no. Follow me, Snerdley. There’s part… (interruption) Yes, yes! Let the union hold tight; have the Times go out of business. That might be one of the best things that ever happened to country. Stop and think about that. The US would be a better place without the New York Times. If these writers and all these people you hear in this video, if they get their way, if they don’t buck, they don’t buckle and force the New York Times into bankruptcy? Well, I asked the other day: Can you imagine what a different country we would be if we had a media that actually was as the Founding Fathers envisioned it?
The full segment, cut out to form a video, can be heard here: