While speaking at a poverty forum at Georgetown University on Tuesday, President Obama took a swipe at Fox News and said the network ‘propagated’ certain stereotypes about poor people.
The president addressed media efforts to “suggest the poor are sponges, leeches,” and that they’re “lazy” and undeserving.”
“If you watch Fox News on a regular basis,” Obama said, “it is a constant menu––they will find folks who make me mad, I don’t know where they find them.”
He’s referring to the “I just want a free Obamaphone” stuff that adds to a narrative, the president lamented, that needs to change, because that affects “people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy.”
What Obama said in full:
“I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, 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,” President Obama said.
“They’re all like, ‘I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obamaphone,’ or whatever. And that becomes an entire narrative 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 doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.”
“And so 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. That’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news,” he added.
We all remember the ‘takers and makers’ and ‘Obamaphones’ talking points. We remember the President being called a socialist for wanting to help those without health care. Conservatives referred to those on benefits as ‘moochers’ when in fact, red states are the biggest recipients.
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