The media senses it’s in trouble

This does not, however, mean that they have even the first inkling of a glimmer of a clue:

THE top suits and some of the on-air talent at CNBC were recently ordered to a top-secret meeting with General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC Universal President Jeff Zucker to discuss whether they’ve turned into the President Obama-bashing network, Page Six has learned.

“It was an intensive, three-hour dinner at 30 Rock which Zucker himself was behind,” a source familiar with the powwow told us. “There was a long discussion about whether CNBC has become too conservative and is beating up on Obama too much. There’s great concern that CNBC is now the anti-Obama network. The whole meeting was really kind of creepy.”

Too conservative. Beating up on Obama too much. Fox News, one would assume. But no, it’s CNB-freaking-C! Right, that’s the problem. You just keep telling yourself that, Schmucker, as your network fades slowly to black.

When propaganda misfires

Item 1: “Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. It is in many ways similar to the United Kingdom, except with much more severe prison terms for even the smallest gun law violations.”

Item 2: “16 dead in Mexico shootout ahead of Obama visit.”

What is shocking and confusing gun control advocates is that the effect of the usual media coverage of guns has flipped on them. It used to be that coverage of a firearm-related massacre caused the average individual who didn’t think much about guns to react emotionally in favor of gun control laws. But, because so many of massacres have taken place where guns were already illegal, the emotional reaction to massacre coverage now tends to take the form of thinking: “the victims were helpless and the police were worthless… I’d really better buy a gun so that at least I’ll have a chance to defend myself.”

Sex is not the story here

It’s striking and societally significant, to be sure. But the shift away from male employment is still not the primary cause for concern.

The percentage of adult American women who are employed climbed from about 37% in 1965 to about 55% in 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Bureau of Economic Research. We hear less concerning the percentage of adult American men who are employed, which fell from about 81% in 1965 to 69% in 2008. The share of men in the United States with a job is at its lowest point ever.

That long-term trend is now accelerating. Since the current recession began in December 2007, men have lost the vast majority of jobs. Of the 5.1 million jobs that have disappeared, a full 20% have been lost in construction, almost entirely by men. Another 20.6% of jobs have been lost in male-dominated manufacturing. Meanwhile, employment in the female-dominated fields of education and health services has increased by 12% since the recession began. In total, 78% of the jobs lost in this recession have been lost by men, according to BLS statistics compiled by Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Center for American Progress. (Men comprised only about 54% of the workforce going into the recession.)