Media Push Economic Inequality To The Backseat

ALBERT KLEINE – Media Matters May 14, 2013

Media outlets largely ignored economic inequality in discussions about the overall economy, despite mounting evidence suggesting that the problem has increased in recent years.

While media have been quick to highlight ostensibly positive gains for the economy — notably that the Dow Jones Industrial reached 15,000 for the first time in its history, GDP grew by 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and unemployment for April edged down to 7.5 percent — signs of rising income inequality have gone largely unmentioned.

According to a recent Media Matters analysis, economic coverage for the month of April barely mentioned issues of inequality. In 123 total segments discussing policy effects on the macroeconomy, only 12 touched upon the growing disparity in economic gains for the rich and the poor.