MSNBC Issues Bizarre Correction

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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An MSNBC producer published a story implying the GOP disapproves of businesses raising wages for their workers Tuesday afternoon, then quickly admitted that was “foolish” and issued an empty correction.

Rachel Maddow’s producer Steve Benen wrote an article this afternoon that for some reasons connects private business decisions to raise wages with Republicans aversion to mandating a higher minimum wage. “Congressional Republicans are in a position to block every effort to raise the federal minimum wage, but the economy is moving on without them,” he wrote.

A few reporters noticed:



And Benen quickly issued this correction: “The second paragraph originally suggested GOP lawmakers might disapprove of private-sector businesses raising their own workers’ wages, which was a foolish way to put this. Obviously, Republican lawmakers, like everyone else, want businesses to raise wages whenever they want to raise wages. I’ve edited the above text accordingly.”


But the “corrected” version of the story does little to get rid of the implication that congressional Republicans are opposed to businesses raising wages. In the second paragraph Benen corrected, he points out the voluntary wage increases, and then says they will occur “regardless of Congress’ wishes.”

“Remember, as was the case with Wal-Mart, this is a done deal — it’s a private-sector move, which will occur regardless of Congress’ wishes,” he writes.

Clearly, Benen doesn’t know the difference between voluntary wage increases and wage increases mandated from Washington D.C.

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