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"We do these several times a year with various speakers ..."

from The Gray Area:

The Washington Post, and other left wing new outlets, stressed the point that Shell contractors were paid 'overtime' to attend President Trump's rally at the Shell plant in Pennsylvania. But, they buried the lead.

12 - 14 paragraphs down in these articles you get to the following relevant points:

We do these several times a year with various speakers,” a Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told Newsweek in a written statement. “The morning session (7-10 a.m.) included safety training and other work-related activities.”

Another Shell spokesman Ray Fisher explained that the workers onsite have a 56-hour workweek, with 16 hours of overtime built in. That means those workers who attended Mr. Trump’s speech and showed up for work Friday, meeting the overtime threshold, were being paid at a rate of time and a half...

Mr. Fisher said Friday that “this was treated as a paid training day with a guest speaker who happened to be the president.” He said workers engaged in “safety training and other activities” in the morning. “It’s not uncommon for us to shut down the site for quarterly visits from VIPs — popular sports figures like Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris have visited the site to engage with workers and to share inspirational messages. Shell/Penske NASCAR driver Joey Logano was another guest at the site,” Mr. Fisher said.

Hype reins in the headlines and first few paragraphs of these news organizations. You have to read all the way in to get real news worthy information without the hype.


The 2020 Democrat candidates need some large crowds. Why don't they schedule at trip to the Shell plant? They are used to paid attendees.

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