October 10, 2013

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday suggested that welfare recipients who had air conditioning and cell phones were part of the "ugly side of entitlements."

During Thursday's Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck plugged a report that libertarian Fox Business host John Stossel is running this week that he claims will show how welfare creates a culture of dependency.

"Do these folks really need to be on welfare," she asked, followed by video of Stossel interview apparent welfare recipients on the street.

"Yeah, I have a TV," one woman says.

"Yeah, I have a television," a man tells Stossel.

"Do you have air conditioning," Stossel presses. "Yes," the man replies.

"John Stossel checking into that and exposing the ugly side of entitlements," Hasselbeck remarked following the video clip.

In a second teaser, Stossel probed welfare recipients about having cell phones and the Fox News host again called it "the ugly side of entitlements."

"Is welfare creating more victims than it's actually helping?" she later wondered.

Stossel pointed out that he was getting "free stuff" like Medicare, but welfare encouraged people "not to look for work."

"The motivation to go get a job is almost non-existent in 35 states," Hasselbeck opined.

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