Fox News has been promoting a pro-management line on the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors. After first warning that the auto companies could get “squeezed” by the demands of a well-paid workforce, on Tuesday, Fox figures rolled out a new angle: There are barely any strikers at all.
Fox Business host Charles Payne appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to discuss the financial pressures on both the company and the union: “Well, it's a battle of wills, right?” he said. “The GM losing $100 million a day and striking workers making 200 bucks a day. Who can hold out the longest?” In fact, the UAW’s strike pay is only $250 per week — as acknowledged on Fox Business’ own website — only slightly above the federal poverty line on an annualized basis, and even below the minimum wage.
Payne then declared that the strike would be “really a tough one for the UAW leadership to continue to get its workers riled up about.”
“Listen, let's be honest. We've seen videos in front of these plants and — four or five guys in shorts. Look at this. I mean, that's not — that's probably a plant that has thousands of workers. You know, this is not like a strike, or you know, the kind of historic strikes that we've known or used to be accustomed to. And it's going to be a tough one.”
Fox News’s allegedly “hard news” co-anchor Bill Hemmer agreed with Payne, adding: “You’re not wrong.”
But even just a quick search on Twitter would’ve shown these supposed journalists videos and photos from local reporters of some genuine picket lines: