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Fox & Friends Tries to Demonize Poor People with Misleading Graphic (Video)

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This morning, "Fox & Friends" took another swipe at poor people who receive welfare (corporate welfare was not mentioned as usual) with a misleading graphic that made it appear that there are 500 percent more Americans on welfare than those working a full-time job.

Fox News' graphic showed 108.6 million people, supposedly on welfare, as being five times as tall as 101.7 million full-time workers, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).

The 108.6 people million on welfare number is from a 2011 Census Bureau report that included "anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits." So even though someone is not receiving welfare, they would have been counted as such if someone else in the household received welfare.

Ironically, Fox & Friends used the reverse trick to only count individual people with jobs, not people living in a household where one person worked.

Fox & Friends also did not mention that hard-working people also receive government benefits such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which requires recipients to work, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities also states that working households used the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps:

The number of SNAP households that have earnings while participating in SNAP has more than tripled — from about 2 million in 2000 to about 6.4 million in 2011. The increase was especially pronounced during the recent deep recession, suggesting that many people have turned to SNAP because of under-employment — for example, when one wage earner in a two-parent family lost a job, when a worker’s hours were cut, or when a worker turned to a lower-paying job after being laid off.

The idea of hard-working Americans not being able to survive in the U.S. without a government program is apparently incompatible with Fox News' self-imposed delusion that only non-working, lazy people receive help from the government.

Sources: MediaMatters.org and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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