Mainstream Media Not Mentioning The Poor

The huge and ever-ballooning portions of America trapped in poverty does not exist on TV or in magazine, Alternet writes:

Poverty as an issue is nearly invisible in U.S. media coverage of the 2012 election, a new FAIR study has found—even though what candidates plan to do about an alarmingly growing poverty rate would seem to be a ripe topic for discussion in campaign coverage.

Despite its widely experienced impact, FAIR’s study found poverty barely registers as a campaign issue. Just 17 of the 10,489 campaign stories studied (0.2 percent) addressed poverty in a substantive way.

Discussions of poverty in campaign coverage were so rare that PBS NewsHour had the highest percentage of its campaign stories addressing poverty—with a single story, 0.8 percent of its total. ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Newsweek ran no campaign stories substantively discussing poverty.

11 Comments on "Mainstream Media Not Mentioning The Poor"

  1. As a general rule, the poor are invisible.

    Until they storm the Bastille, or McMansion equivalent.

    Enjoy it while you have it, Wall Street cunts—payback shall be rather unpleasant, methinks.

  2. Some brave network should make a prime-time show featuring poor people, kinda like that one on HBO with Wayne H Macy, Shameless, I think it’s called.  It shouldn’t be about crime, but rather about honest people trying to make it (almost like Good Times from the 70’s).  People need to know what poor people go through on a daily basis, balancing bills against food and medicine.  I heard someone say once that Americans don’t want equality, everyone wants to be wealthy.  I think its true for the most part.

  3. The discourse is always about the “middle class,” never the poor. It’s always families whose mortgages are (*gasp*) under water, rather than the single Staples employee who is struggling to pay his rent on one of the jobs that Mitt Romney so generously “created.” 

    If you care about poor people, the implication is that you’re a whiner, a victim, and in America people want to identify with the “winners.” It’s a species of Stockholm syndrome. 

  4. Antediluviancurrent | Sep 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm |

    The media focusses on wealthy people, job creators we can never tax too much, like Kim Kardashian and The Situation.. Oh wait.

  5. put that on the long list of things not mentioned by the mainstream media:

    CIA drug smuggling
    FBI entrapment schemes
    The Patriot Act
    police state brutality
    unprosecuted financial crimes
    the Military-Industrial-Bankster Complex
    US war crimes
    US military aggression of behalf of corporations
    manipulation of the electoral process by elites
    manipulation of the government by elites
    actually, the list is pretty extensive
    Qu’ils mangent de la brioche
    01 Steve Sabol dies
    02 Mila Kunis
    03 Deion Branch re-signed
    04 Jesus wife papyrus
    05 Kate Middleton
    06 Annie Lennox marries
    07 Eva Longoria
    08 Sub boss faked death
    09 Stock futures
    10 Weight-loss drug

    God Bless Amerika


    • Calypso_1 | Sep 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm |

      who the fuck is steve sabol

      • exactly my thought too
        but since I tuned out Amerikan culture years ago
        & haven’t lived in the Land of the Free for awhile
        I’m often clueless as to who the new crop of celebrities are
        nonetheless, I still knew some of the celebrity’s by name
        that’s how pervasive celebrity culture is

  6. A little historical research into what happened to the guy who intended to politically unite the poor, regardless of race, under the banner of the “Poor People’s Campaign” may offer insight into why the subject receives scant coverage even today.

  7. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Sep 19, 2012 at 1:35 am |

    Television media is funded by advertisement. Should this surprise anyone?

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