Mother Jones is an extremely left-wing magazine. It is pro-socialism, pro-unions, and big on paying the minimum wage. Well, maybe big on other people paying the minimum wage because a recent expose found that Mother Jones pays its employees so poorly that executives urge them to sign up for food stamps so they can, you know, eat.
Mother Jones magazine is one of those placard-toting, protest-loving, true red concerns that love Occupy Wall Street whilst screaming “¡Viva la Revolución!” at the top of their red-tinged lungs. But paying their own interns a so-called living wage? Fuggedaboutit.
A recent piece by Vice columnist Charles Davis reported that MJ interns were told that they should go sign up for food stamps because the magazine doesn’t pay enough cash to live off of.
Here is how Davis put it:
One former MJ intern who spoke to me on the condition of anonymity told me they “slept on an air mattress for six months while I worked there because I couldn’t afford a real one.” Another former intern said, “During our first meeting with HR at Mother Jones, we were advised to sign up for food stamps.”
But for other people? Yep, MJ magazine is all about other people paying the minimum wage. Only as far back as June, for instance, the magazine attacked Walmart for its pay practices. But now we find out that Mother Jones itself pays even less than Walmart?
Of course, after the expose came out, suddenly the lefty extremists of MJ magazine announced that they are giving raises to their interns. Hallelujah!
But, in light of the magazine’s decades of support for the minimum wage, its constant advocacy for raising the min. wage, and its long-time support of socialism, the fact that it took an expose in another magazine to get MJ to live up to its so-called principals is so illustrative of liberal hypocrisy.
What this proves is that liberals love their principals… as long as those rules and concepts are only forced on other people and not themselves.