While guest hosting "The O'Reilly Factor" on Friday night, Fox News' Monica Crowley reported that 23 million households in America are surviving on food stamps (video below).
Crowley also cited a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll in which 24 percent of Americans blame poverty on "too much welfare that prevents initiative." Only 18 percent blame a lack of jobs, while 13 percent cited a lack of good education.
Crowley then introduced Lou Dobbs, who said it was "frustrating" that one in five households were aided by food stamps instead of starving. He lamented how "half of the country in some way or another is receiving federal assistance."
Neither Dobbs or Crowley made mention of corporate welfare, which goes to millionaires and billionaires. Nor did they mention foreign welfare, in which U.S. tax dollars go to other countries.
Instead, Dobbs falsely claimed that in the "fifth year of recovery we are still not creating jobs."
However, the New York Times reported in 2012 "about 2 million new [jobs] have been created since [January 2009]."
According to MediaMatters.org, Crowley then added: "We know entitlements are narcotics."
Crowley suggested a conspiracy in which the "far left" is trying to "lock people into this dependency in order to lock it into a permanent voting majority."
However, in reality, no one is locked in or forced to apply for or receive government help.
Neither Dobbs nor Crowley held corporate America responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown or outsourcing millions of American jobs overseas.