Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fox Attacks Facebook Jobs Initiative After Tea Party Started Pressuring Businesses Not To Hire

by Solange Uwimana/Media Matters

Two days ago, as Right-Wing Watch reported, leading tea party group Tea Party Nation sent a message to its members calling "for a strike of American small businesses against the movement for global socialism." Activist Melissa Brookstone wrote:
I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.
I hereby declare that my job creation potential is now ceased.
"I'm on strike!"
On the heels of this initiative to pressure companies not to hire employees, Fox is complaining about a company trying to help unemployed Americans find jobs:
Fox linked to a report by The Hill that referred to a partnership Facebook has struck with the Obama administration to offer employment resources to Americans:
[Labor Secretary Hilda] Solis said the goal of the partnership is to connect employers with people looking for employment. The initiative will allow the Labor Department to provide information and resources to the millions of users on Facebook, Solis said.
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As part of the partnership, Facebook created a "Social Jobs Partnership" page to provide job information and resources to users. "Think of this as a free online job fair that can be accessed seven days a week, day or night," said Marne Levine, Facebook's vice president of global public policy.
The page will offer Labor Department resources, including job listings and job search services, along with resources from partnering nonprofits.
Facebook will target public announcements to users in the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates and Puerto Rico. The announcements will include information about job resources available in the users' area.
Levine also said Facebook plans to invest in developing new social technologies to help people find jobs.
Fox later changed its headline to read: "Facebook and Obama Join Forces Again."
As we've noted, and as Fox News' own Bob Beckel pointed out yesterday, Fox News relentlessly promoted the tea party movement in 2009.
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