Laura Clawson of Daily Kos is the most important reporter on issues impacting workers. In her most recent post, she examines the claim that U.S. manufacturing has been in steady for decades. Using data and a great chart from the Economic Policy Institute,Clawson shows that manufacturing's most severe decline began in 2002 and has only recently seen a very small up tick.
Corporate media spreads memes and recycles clichés. Reporters like Clawson and Matt Taibbi ask us to think and look behind the headlines. That is the kind of journalism needed in a real democracy.