Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The words "very tragic situation" appeared on the front page of Tuesday's Toronto Star next to a picture of a woman crawling out of rubble in Dujiangyan, China, where at least 12,000 people died yesterday. The words, however, actually referred to the loss of 1,400 high-paying, low-skill jobs from Windsor two years from now when a General Motors plant there closes. The Star actually devoted equal amounts of ink to the distant loss of a thousand jobs, jobs belonging to people who will likely continue to live lives of luxury by global standards and to the horrific deaths of thousands of people, many of them children crushed to deaths inside their schools. It's unclear what the non-English-speaking poor of the world have to do to get some face time if dying by the tens of thousands in an earthquake won't do it.

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