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Obama Calls Out Fox News For Demonizing Poor People

President Obama took a couple of minutes during a panel today to call out Fox News for their mean-spirited coverage.
Obama Calls Out Fox News For Demonizing Poor People
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President Obama named names during a panel on poverty at Georgetown University on Tuesday.

Speaking about those who work but never seem to get ahead, Obama noted that the question boils down to this: "Who are you mad at?"

"Over the last 40 years, sadly, there's been an effort to make folks mad at the top, or to make folks mad at the folks at the bottom."

"And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are spongers, leeches, don't want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And it's still being propagated," he continued.

He then proceeded to assign some well-deserved blame to the likes of Fox News specifically, saying, "If you watch Fox News on a regular basis...they will find folks who make me mad. I don't know where they find them."

After referencing to the way Fox News magnified the "Obamaphone," he called them out for rarely showing stories about the waitress with two kids who is struggling to get by but playing by all the rules.

"If we're going to change how John Boehner and Mitch McConnell think, we're going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we're going to have to change how the media reports on these issues and how people's impressions of what it's like to struggle in this economy looks like, and how budgets connect to that," he concluded.


BOOM. President Obama just called out Fox News by name for their awful coverage of poverty in America and for regularly pushing false stereotypes about poor people. Watch:

Posted by Media Matters for America on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

[h/t Media Matters]

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