Ariens Company Break Policy

NBC 26 MEDIA BLACKOUT 1-18-16 @ 5 pm


There is so much wrong with this story. Let’s break it down. WGBA NBC 26 hyped the allegations made against the Ariens Company regarding its break policy more so than its competitors; that is why we are choosing to single them out. This is how NBC 26 kicked off its January 18th evening report:

WGBA Anchor: Ariens Company in Brillion is under fire by the Muslim community after several workers say they’re being discriminated against.

Those claims are a result of a company-wide policy Ariens President and CEO, Dan Ariens, will begin enforcing January 25. … The policy would limit when Muslim employees can pray on the job to just their break times.  Ariens says the reason for that is because when one employee leaves the production line, all the others must stop until that person comes back. …

… The policy would limit when Muslim employees can pray on the job to just their break times.  Ariens says the reason for that is because when one employee leaves the production line, all the others must stop until that person comes back. …

First, let’s just put it out there. We were surprised to learn that Ariens which is located in little Brillion, Wisconsin has such a large Muslim workforce – 53 employees. Doesn’t sound like this company is discriminating to us. (We wonder how many Muslims NBC 26 has on staff.) From the extensive coverage this “story” received, we also learned that Ariens pays for special bus service to bring these employees from Green Bay to Brillion each workday.

Let’s move on. The lead sentence in this report is written with bias. The Ariens Company “is under fire by the Muslim community after several workers say they’re being discriminated against.” Why not kick off this story with a different perspective: “A handful of Muslim manufacturing workers are complaining that their employer won’t give them five 15-minute breaks each workday so they can pray. The company president says the workers are free to pray during the two breaks all employees are afforded.”

Taking all political correctness out of this story, Ariens’ policy is reasonable. The Muslim workers can choose to pray during the break periods which all workers enjoy. It is not reasonable to expect any employer to allow workers time-off during peak production time on a regular basis.

Would management at WGBA NBC 26 allow a Muslim anchor to take his prayer break precisely at 5 o’clock and at 6 o’clock when that anchor should be on live television delivering the news? No. If that Muslim anchor accused NBC 26 of discrimination, would NBC 26 think that was news worthy? Lol. This is where the bias comes into play.

When an accusation is made which helps promote the liberal agenda or push a liberal narrative, such as the narrative that Muslims are being discriminated against, the media finds the accusation newsworthy even if it’s unfounded. Similarly, the media largely ignores allegations which push a conservative agenda even when an allegations have merit. Christians make accusations against the Obama administration, for example, that their religious freedoms are being trampled on.

The media turns a blind eye. Christians are beheaded for their religious beliefs by radical Muslims around the world. The media conveniently omits those facts or chooses not to report the religious persecution at all. Whenever you see a double standard, you can bet bias is in play.

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