As regular readers of SJR know, we have often referred to the woefully inadequate coverage given to the American labor movement by the news media in this country. Even though the media are often blasted for being liberal, the backbone of leftist ideas and programs in America--labor unions--rarely receive in-depth coverage. What little news the thousands of men and women who belong to labor unions do get from the mainstream press is invariably negative.
Philip Dine is the exception who proves the rule. For almost two decades, he has given readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch insights and information about labor unions. For 10 years, he wrote a regular column on unions for the Post. He is known both nationally and internationally as one of the leading labor journalists in the country.
Last week, Dine, who currently works out of the Post's Washington, D.C., bureau, agreed to discuss the news media's coverage of labor and labor unions with SJR via e-mail.