With a Republican-controlled Congress and (kinda sorta) Republican President in office as of this writing, we imagine the Bipartisan Report will not be short on supply for things to outrage their readership with.
Bipartisan Report is a highly biased, left-leaning liberal media source that uses strong, loaded words for their headlines for stories that can be misleading.
The headline leads you to think that President-elect Trump is definitely moving forward with a targeted plan to eliminate overtime pay for thousands of people.
But Bipartisan Report twice cites Politico, a slightly left-of-center media company, as its source. But even in the actual Bipartisan Report article itself, you’re not given any indication that anything definitive is happening — especially anything from Trump. The most you get is this quote —
“House Republicans are currently in the process of making lists of regulations that fall within their time frame and could potentially be repealed early next year. One of the major ones they’re eyeing is Obama’s overtime rule that requires companies to pay time-and-a-half to employees who make under roughly $47,000.”
— which is pulled from Politico.
And that’s a far cry from the “TRUMP IS DOING THIS RIGHT MEOW!!” narrative we’re served by the headlines.
They even use an additional quote used:
“We have heard over the past year that it would have truly dramatically bad effects, not just on employers but on employees across the country,” said Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), a former labor lawyer.
A Google search on that quote is telling. The quote appears on RawStory (quoting Politico), The News Talkers‘s community forum section (quoting Politico), ePolitics.tv (quoting Politico), and Oswego Democrat (quoting Politico).
For a more sensible understanding of this situation, you can listen to an NPR Morning Edition report from November 11, “Workers Wait To See If Trump White House Reverses Overtime Pay Rule,” here. But basically:
In any presidential transition, previous policies are subject to review. Trump has pledged to undo President Obama’s executive orders, dismantle the Affordable Care Act, reverse policies on clean air, immigration and on Dodd-Frank financial reform. This week, the Congressional Budget Office said canceling the overtime rule would reduce employers’ compliance costs and boost profits, a point advocates refute. This leaves businesses wondering how they should proceed on rules that might be unwound.
As with a lot of the biased-leaning political sources, there is a fair bit of truth to what is being published. But if you find yourself feeling utter outrage, ready to hit the SHARE button, you should likely dig deeper. It’s that share-through-outrage (STO) that Bipartisan Report is banking on.