There are specific facts that an educated person recognizes you cannot mention without provoking an angry rebuttal from a Fox News devotee– environment scientists extremely believe in the theory of anthropogenic international warming, the expense of Obamacare has actually been available in well under forecasts, and so on. President Obama apparently discovered a new one this week when he mentioned that Fox News consistently illustrates poor individuals as lazy and entitled.
Obama’s gaffe happened at a panel discussion of poverty at Georgetown University this week. Obama said:
And over the last 40 years, unfortunately, I believe there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I believe the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, do not want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.
And, appearance, it’s still being propagated. I indicate, I have to say that if you view Fox News on a regular basis, it is a consistent menu– they will discover folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. [Laughter.] They’re like, I do not want to work, I simply desire a complimentary Obama phone– [laughter]– or whatever. And that becomes a whole narrative– right?– that gets developed. And really seldom do you hear an interview of a waitress– which is a lot more normal– who’s raising a few children and is doing everything right however still can’t pay the bills.
Figures like Rush Limbaugh and Charles Krauthammer, himself a Fox News all-star panelist, right away took exception. “The idea that Fox is continuously revealing, you know, sponges and leeches, and never shows the waitress trying to make it, it’s simply sort of the mythological world that he resides in. Or he might be negative. I imply, he might know it’s all nonsense,” fumed Krauthammer.
The Obamaphone, in case you missed this advancement, is the prototypical conservative fever imagine the Obama age. In September of 2012, a video emerged of a black woman, speaking in a stereotyped “ghetto” dialect, boasting that she had gotten a free Obamaphone.
In fact, the “Obamaphone” was simply a program going back to 1984 to make emergency phone service readily available to the indigent, and extended in 1996 to consist of cellular phone, for which Obama had no duty. Nevertheless, the story went viral throughout conservative media as verification of the nexus of entitlement and vote-buying that conservatives believed constituted the core of Obama’s America. If you take “Fox News” to be Obama’s synecdoche for the conservative media in general, then right-wing hysteria over the Obamaphone was extensive. Fox News itself offered just modest protection of the legendary Obamaphone, with 2 on-air mentions, plus a mention by Fox News character Sean Hannity on his radio program.
Exactly what’s more, the basic theme of entitled poor people leeching off government is a durable topic on Fox News. Media Matters has actually assembled a comprehensive list:
Fox’s Poster-Boy For Food Stamp Recipients Is A “Blissfully Jobless California Surfer.” Fox’s 2013 special “The Great Food Stamp Binge” championed the so-called “blissfully jobless California Surfer,” Jason Greenslate, who misused the program, as the face of the Supplemental Nutrition Help Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps). Although Greenslate bears no resemblance to the frustrating majority of SNAP recipients, many of whom are elderly, kids, handicapped, or depend on the program for a short time while looking for work, the network nonetheless shamefully showcased him in an attempt to mischaracterize recipients as freeloaders.
Andrea Tantaros: I ‘d “Look Fabulous” If I Survived Food Stamps. In November 2012, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros dismissed the predicament of starving Americans and asserted that she would “look fantastic” if she were forced to attempt to survive on $133 for food monthly for a prolonged period of time, the amount that SNAP individuals in New Jersey receive.
Stuart Varney On The Poor: “Many Of Them Have Things– What They Lack Is The Richness Of Spirit.” In August 2011, Fox Business host Varney safeguarded himself from criticism by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart by declaring he was just “telling the truth about bad people,” prior to asserting that for the bad, “numerous of them have tips– what they do not have is the richness of spirit.”
And on and on it goes. That Fox News regularly presents poor people sponging off government is not even a concern. It’s such a common style, I think its existence was taken for granted. Apparently this is something you’re not supposed to state to conservatives. Who understood?