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Old May 13th, 2015, 12:09 PM   #1
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"The Rich Suffered More": The Worst Of Fox News' Poor-Shaming

"The Rich Suffered More": The Worst Of Fox News' Poor-Shaming | Research | Media Matters for America

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President Obama Calls Out Fox News For Disparaging Treatment Of The Poor

President Obama: Fox News' Coverage Of Poverty Suggests The Poor "Don't Want To Work, Are Lazy." President Obama called out Fox News for their slanted coverage of poverty while speaking at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University on May 12:

THE PRESIDENT: And over the last 40 years, sadly, I think 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 think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, don't want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.

And, look, it's still being propagated. I mean, I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant menu -- they will find folks who make me mad. I don't know where they find them. (Laughter.) They're like, I don't want to work, I just want a free Obama phone -- (laughter) -- or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative -- right? -- that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress -- which is much more typical -- who's raising a couple of kids and is doing everything right but still can't pay the bills. [Remarks by the President in Conversation on Poverty at Georgetown University, 5/12/15]

Fox News Feigns Disbelief Over Criticism Of Their Poverty Coverage

Fox Hosts: Our Coverage Is "Honest," And Those Who Don't Wish To Be Poor Should Get A Job. On May 13 Fox & Friends hosts and Fox Business host Stuart Varney discussed their confusion over why Obama criticized the network for slanted coverage of those in poverty. Varney claimed Fox News was simply "an honest messenger." Co-host Steve Doocy agreed, lamenting that if those in poverty "don't want to be poor," they should just get a job. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 5/13/15]

Fox Correspondent: Obama Is "Insulting The Intelligence Of The American People" By Criticizing Fox. During the May 12 edition of The Kelly File, Fox's chief Washington correspondent James Rosen claimed that Obama was "insulting the intelligence of the American people" by criticizing the network in his speech.. [Fox News, The Kelly File, 5/12/15]

Fox Contributor: Obama Has "A Distorted View Of Fox." On Special Report, Fox contributor Stephen Hayes complained that Obama's comments on the network's coverage of poverty showed he has "a distorted view of Fox [News]." [Fox News, Special Report, 5/12/15]
Fox's Coverage Of Poverty Persistently Smears The Poor As Lazy, Entitled, And In Need Of More Stigma

Fox Repeatedly Hyped "Obama Phones" As Poor People's Incentive To Vote For Obama. Prior to President Obamas's 2012 re-election, Fox News repeatedly hyped a video of "an Obama supporter touting her 'Obama phone'" to disparage recipients of federal programs. Frequent Fox guest and then-National Review writer Mark Steyn claimed on Fox & Friends that "the 'Takers' were able to out-vote the 'Makers'" and that the American Dream was being thwarted by Democrats, who "bribe people with the Obama phones." Steyn was repeating claims made by Fox's Sean Hannity on his radio program, where Hannity suggested voters supported Obama in order to receive an "Obama phone." Yet "Obama phones" never existed -- the federal program offering subsidized phone service has existed since 1996 and was expanded to include cell phones under President George W. Bush. [FoxNews.com, 9/29/12] [Fox News, Fox & Friends,11/8/12] [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 10/2/12]

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 Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps). Although Greenslate bears no resemblance to the overwhelming majority of SNAP recipients, many of whom are elderly, children, disabled, or rely on the program for a short time while looking for work, the network nevertheless shamefully featured him in an attempt to mischaracterize beneficiaries as freeloaders. [Media Matters, 8/9/13]

Andrea Tantaros: I'd "Look Fabulous" If I Lived On Food Stamps. In November 2012, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Fox News host Andrea Tantaros dismissed the plight of hungry Americans and claimed that she would "look fabulous" if she were forced to try to subsist on $133 for food per month for an extended period of time, the amount that SNAP participants in New Jersey receive. [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 11/21/12]

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 defended himself from criticism by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart by claiming he was simply "telling the truth about poor people," before asserting that for the poor, "many of them have things -- what they lack is the richness of spirit." [Fox Business, Varney & Co. at Night, 8/25/11]

Varney: "The Rich Suffered More Than You." During a February segment on America's Newsroom, Varney tried to spin a report finding that income inequality had not actually risen since the recession, due in part to income losses incurred by the wealthiest one percent during the financial crisis. Despite historically troubling levels of income inequality, Varney nevertheless still concluded that that "the rich suffered more than you." [Fox News, America's Newsroom, 2/17/15]
Well, when you worship at the trough of the NIV god of the rich, teaching all followers that their god loves the rich and hates the poor, what are you going to say? Christ's teachings are not exactly appropriate.
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Christ loved the poor. The early Christian church practiced a form of socialism. I never understood why the so-called Christian right-wing has such hatred towards the poor.
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I wonder why mediamatters did not use this statement by Obama regarding FOX on the economy, the media should report on "what it's like to struggle in this economy."

Which is it, a great economy or a bad economy? Obama has been sounding his own horn for five years about his turning around the economy. What he should have said if he was honest was "what it's like to struggle in my economy."
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Christ loved the poor. The early Christian church practiced a form of socialism. I never understood why the so-called Christian right-wing has such hatred towards the poor.
They rewrote the Christian bible. It's in about its 9th edition and each time, the wording gets further from the Christian bible.

Here's a great article if you haven't read it. The purpose of Christian Reconstruction movements is to tear down Christianity and give it all to the rich. You can research how the KKK joined forces with the republican party leading up the Great Depression and pushed for the same Reconstruction ideas, as well.

The Despoiling Of America

When Bush did an interview and said he turned to his "father" for all his answers and allluded to god, he did the same thing Hitler did when the occult he had created worshiped him and saw him as an arm of the "Christian" god.
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They rewrote the Christian bible. It's in about its 9th edition and each time, the wording gets further from the Christian bible.

Here's a great article if you haven't read it. The purpose of Christian Reconstruction movements is to tear down Christianity and give it all to the rich. You can research how the KKK joined forces with the republican party leading up the Great Depression and pushed for the same Reconstruction ideas, as well.

The Despoiling Of America

When Bush did an interview and said he turned to his "father" for all his answers and allluded to god, he did the same thing Hitler did when the occult he had created worshiped him and saw him as an arm of the "Christian" god.
When are you finally going to point out these passages in the NIV Bible?
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They rewrote the Christian bible. It's in about its 9th edition and each time, the wording gets further from the Christian bible.

Here's a great article if you haven't read it. The purpose of Christian Reconstruction movements is to tear down Christianity and give it all to the rich. You can research how the KKK joined forces with the republican party leading up the Great Depression and pushed for the same Reconstruction ideas, as well.

The Despoiling Of America

When Bush did an interview and said he turned to his "father" for all his answers and allluded to god, he did the same thing Hitler did when the occult he had created worshiped him and saw him as an arm of the "Christian" god.
Anyone who reads the Bible, can see that Jesus and the early Christians were the definition of left-wing radicals. They saw the elite of that time as the oppressors that they were. The elite have warped and corrupted Christianity.

Here is a description of the socialist society that the early church lived in:

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"All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need."

-Acts 2:44-45 (NIV)
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"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you... Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days... You have lived on Earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you."

-James 5:1, 3, 5-6 (NIV)
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When are you finally going to point out these passages in the NIV Bible?
Probably bout the same time you tell us which prestigious law school you gragidated from !!
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Probably bout the same time you tell us which prestigious law school you gragidated from !!
Perhaps the first time you prove me wrong regarding the law.
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Oh that wild and crazy Obama!

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And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 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 ......
http://www.breitbart.com/big-journal...media-reports/



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