This is the fourth part in my series where I am disputing the Media Matters article showcasing videos which Media Matters thinks Fox News is disparaging poor people. To date, I can find only one comment that might, and I said might, be construed to disparage the poor of this nation.
Now on to analyzing more videos:
- Fox’s Stuart Varney on the Poor, “Many of them have things, what they lack is the Richness of Spirit.”: Once again, only parts of the segment were show in the video and John Stewart was disruptive so that you couldn’t get the gist of what was being conveyed. Given the brevity of this video, I came to the conclusion that Stuart Varney and his guest were saying was that what constitutes being poor in the second half of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century is not what it was in earlier times. Stuart indicated that 00% of the poor people have refrigerators. After making this statement, it sounded to me like he was going to list some other statistics about the poor, but John Stewart interrupted making it appear that the only state Stuart Varney was quoting was the refrigerator stat. Stuart then indicated that what the poor lacked was the “Richness of Spirit.” I don’t know what this means because John Stewart cut off the video before Stuart Varney had a chance to continue. Again, many things were taken out of context and I wasn’t able to listen to the entire segment with Stuart Varney and the guest.
- Stuart Varney, “The Rich Suffered More Than You.”: What a crock? Granted, I’m an unenlightened oaf, but am I hearing something different when I watched this video than what liberals are hearing? First of all, Stuart Varney cites and quotes from an article in the New York Times. The Democrats are saying that income inequality is getting worse over time. Income for the very wealthy is down more than any other group. Income went down from 19% for the wealthy to 13% for middle and lower income earners. For the very, very wealthy income went from $39 million to 27 million. When Stuart and host Martha McCallum were discussing this, they seemed to be sarcastic. I think one of the may have said, “aww, poor things.” Media Matters did acknowledge that Stuart acknowledged income losses were felt more strongly by those with less wealth and that government programs lessened the suffering of the middle and lower income recipients. Although, he did say, “It turns out, the rich have suffered more than you,” he was again saying this with a sarcastic, tongue and cheek tone. And when he said this, he was viewing this from a statistical point of view, but his tone was still tongue and cheek. This absolutely does not constitute disparaging the poor.
- Charles Payne Laments Lack of “Stigma” Surrounding Food Stamps: Charles indicates in this video that when there is a stigma on receiving food stamps, there is an impetus for people to get off of food stamps. The number of food stamp recipients has risen 70% since 2008. Charles is of the opinion that we have created a giant barrier that keeps those in poverty in poverty. There is never a push to get people off food stamps, but there is a push to get people on food stamps, thereby taking the stigma away. Charles did go on to indicate that if you really need food stamps, you should apply for them. Again, nothing here was disparaging the poor.
- Bill O’Reilly, “How can you be so poor and have all this stuff?”: In this segment, Bill O’Reilly discussed the fact that 43% of Americans are living in poverty, but indicated that 87% had a microwave, 78% have air conditioning, 65% have more than one TV, etc. It was brought out in the segment that a lot of money that poor people take in is underground. This all was discussed thoroughly and Bill indicated twice during the segment that he was not diminishing the suffering poor people go through. He further indicated that in a capitalistic society, there will always be poor people. Once again, in this segment, I found nothing in the segment where the poor were being disparaged. In fact, it was just the opposite.
Above I summarized four additional videos that liberal rag, Media Matters, is using to convince low information voters that Fox News is evil and Republicans/Conservatives are evil. There’s so many attacks on everything traditional, and it sometimes overwhelms me. It doesn’t make me want to give up, but I do get tired of it. Liberals appear to be doing everything they can to eliminate freedom of speech; thereby eliminating the need for honest dialog on the issues facing this nation.
I was attacked earlier today and my sincere beliefs as a Republican were called delusional. And they’re not. I don’t want to give up the fight because I occasionally get attacked. Again, I have to let it run off.