MEDIA WATCH: Outsourcing grabs US voters' attention

Jobs growth is on many voters' minds this year, and while the Bush campaign emphasizes re-training workers to meet the needs of growing sectors, Democrats are blasting Bush's record on jobs growth, with some taking aim at offshore outsourcing of jobs. Tech titans like Intel and HP, however, are unapologetic about their use of offshore workers, claiming the practice keeps them competitive.

Jobs growth is on many voters' minds this year, and while the Bush campaign emphasizes re-training workers to meet the needs of growing sectors, Democrats are blasting Bush's record on jobs growth, with some taking aim at offshore outsourcing of jobs. Tech titans like Intel and HP, however, are unapologetic about their use of offshore workers, claiming the practice keeps them competitive.

Most frequent messages: 1. US must increase investment in education and research to compete in global economy 2. Tech firms need talent from countries like Russia, China, and India to stay competitive 3. More than half of top firms' revenues come from overseas; labor resources reflect this 4. The rules of the global economic game have changed, and protectionism is not an option 5. Big business is turning its back on American workers Based on 132 articles from global print media outlets and websites from Oct. 22, 2003, to Jan. 15.Evaluation and analysis by Biz360.

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