CNN: Americans 'work more than medieval peasants'
Americans work hard for their money. Too hard, according to CNN. Even worse than even grovelling medieval peasants scratching the land to survive.
That conclusion came from reporter Polly Labarre of CNN‚Äôs ‚ÄúIn the Money.‚ÄĚ In the June 9 broadcast, Labarre argued that Americans are working too much, using her ‚Äúfavorite comparison‚ÄĚ to explain ‚Äúwe work more than medieval peasants used to work.‚ÄĚ
She didn‚Äôt provide a source, but she certainly had a solution to our ‚Äúwork culture‚ÄĚ ‚Äď more vacation, even government-mandated vacation. ‚ÄúThe bigger problem is, we‚Äôre a country with no mandated paid vacation, whereas the European Union has a floor of 20 days.‚ÄĚ She added that ‚Äúvacation champs like
Although host Christine Romans urged that we ‚Äúcompare GDPs‚ÄĚ to show which country has a better economy, Labarre didn‚Äôt back off. She switched her comparison then to
The ‚Äúpeasant‚ÄĚ claim has grown common in media outlets and has been circulated by the ‚ÄúTake Back Your Time‚ÄĚ movement. At the group‚Äôs Web site, visitors can even buy a poster proclaiming peasants had it better.
National Coordinator John de Graaf has been on a mission to reduce American work hours. In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune in April 2007, he claimed that ‚Äúfor vacation to do its work ... (studies show) you usually need at least two weeks.‚ÄĚ
But neither de Graaf nor his organization provided a basis for the idea that peasants worked less than Americans do now.