While the media opined over whether the rollout of the Affordable Care Act was a disaster or not and spent their time pimping Halperin and Heilemann latest gossip book for them, what they failed to discuss this past Sunday were the devastating cuts that were just allowed to happen to the food stamp program, otherwise known as SNAP.
There was one notable exception to that rule, which is the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, who spent a very large portion of her show on the topic this Sunday, but when it comes to the broadcast networks, as our friends over at Media Matters reported, the subject was apparently one they didn't think was important enough to discuss: SNAP Cuts Disappear From Network Sunday Show Coverage:
The four major network Sunday news programs failed to report on the newly enacted decrease in food stamp benefits, which affects more than 47 million Americans.
On November 1, USDA reported that "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will see their monthly benefits decrease" after the expiration of benefit increases enacted in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). But Fox News Sunday, NBC's Meet The Press, ABC's This Week, and CBS' Face the Nation all failed to bring up the issue on the November 3 editions of their respective shows.
Writing at Salon, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explained: "As of November 1 more than 47 million Americans have lost some or all of their food stamp benefits." He added that "Half of all children get food stamps at some point during their childhood." CBS News reported that the SNAP benefit cuts would shrink benefits for a family of four by as much as "$432 over the course of a year." The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) highlighted how SNAP benefit cuts would affect hundreds of thousands of veterans: [...]
The media continues to ignore food stamp cuts that affect millions of Americans and negatively impact the economy.