As Karoli noted in her rant this week, we've got the corporate media for the most part out there breathlessly reporting on the failures of the web site for the rollout of "Obamacare" and Congress wasting our time with more witch hunts, and what are they ignoring? Devastating cuts to the food stamp (otherwise known as SNAP) program.
Media Matters did a report on the lack of media coverage on those cuts which are about to take place Nov. 1st, and the damage and negative impact they're going to have on our economy: REPORT: The Food Stamp Cuts The Media Won't Tell You About.
As they've discussed in other reporting as well, what coverage we have had from the likes of Fox and their ilk has been dishonest B.S. like this, and this doesn't even begin to nibble at the sheer volume of attacks on the working poor that are leveled on that network, week after week, month after month on their so-called "business block" every Saturday morning. It's a literal cesspool of this type of garbage and worse: Fox's Shameless Misrepresentation Of SNAP Recipients.
Chris Hayes and his guests gave us what we rarely see in the media these days, an honest look at and discussion on the devastating impact these cuts are going to have on real people's lives who are hanging on by a thread and cannot afford to have their services cut any more. They also talked about the underlying problems, such as a lack of jobs and that we need a national dialog right NOW on getting Americans back to work and on ending hunger in America.
You can read more about the report in the video above here: America’s new hunger crisis. Hayes and his panel discussion on the subject are below the fold.
I don't know how bad things have to get for the better part of our fellow citizens to finally start getting mad at the Republicans for their continued attacks on the poor and for doing everything in their power to obstruct job growth in the United States, but as Hayes and his panel discussed, we need a national dialog on poverty, jobs and the fact that the richest country in the world should not have our economy failing for millions of Americans who are worried about where their next meal is coming from month after month. It's downright shameful... and that's the nicest thing you can say about it.
These right-wingers hate the poor. They hate minimum wage which might help lift them out of poverty. They hate taxes if they're going to the "lazy moochers" who don't deserve to have food put in their mouths. And they don't want to do a thing about outsourcing and shipping jobs overseas. And they hate public education. But they expect everyone to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps by whatever means necessary. It's long past time these people were shown the door.