Media should try to be fair in its reporting

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 15, 2014 

A recent item in a Savannah newspaper demonstrates the lack of fairness in how some news outlets choose to report the news. The newspaper recently published a front page article entitled, "County may cut workers' hours" with an erroneous and misleading subtitle, "Commissioners consider reducing employee work hours to comply with Obamacare."

This subtitle clearly demonstrates that paper's obvious opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as there is nothing in the law that requires any company or governmental body to cut workers' hours of employment. The law does require that any company or governmental entity to provide health insurance for all employees working 30 hours or more or face a fine.

The fact that some part-time and seasonal workers are legitimately working more than 30 hours a week is something that needs to be appropriately addressed by providing those employees health insurance benefits and not by cutting their hours to totally avoid the provisions in the law.

So the accurate subtitle for the article should have been, "Commissioners considering cutting workers' hours to avoid provisions in the ACA."

I encourage all news outlets to at least attempt to appear fair in the treatment of news items even though the news organization may actually have a bias.

Michael F. Vezeau

Sun City Hilton Head

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