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No Longer NewsworthyHow the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class$
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Christopher Martin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501735257

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501735257.001.0001

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Trump, Carrier, and the Invisible Worker

Trump, Carrier, and the Invisible Worker

(p.20) Chapter 1 Trump, Carrier, and the Invisible Worker
No Longer Newsworthy

Christopher Martin

Cornell University Press

Chapter 1 analyzes news media coverage of President-elect Donald Trump’s visit to the Carrier furnace assembly plant in Indianapolis in December 2016. The plant became Trump’s symbolic beachhead in his “plan” to save jobs, only after the steelworkers there gained national visibility for efforts to prevent outsourcing of their jobs to Mexico. The news media, including CNN, Fox News, NBC, and the Washington Post, emphasized stories of grateful white men whose jobs had been saved by Trump, playing into his(and the conservative media’s) public relations narrative. A few news organizations continued to follow the story when Trump’s promises to save jobs at Carrier fell short by hundreds of workers and the local union president accused Trump of lying.

Keywords:   Donald Trump, Carrier, Indianapolis, labor union, steelworkers, CNN, Fox News, NBC, Washington Post, Mexico, news media

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