If there’s anything an average news viewer hates more than facts it’s constantly being bombarded with news stories about struggling middle-class and poor families, desperately trying not to eat their children or sell them to the circus whilst trying to stay afloat in the worst economy since the great depression. Well, at least that’s one businessman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate thinks.
Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde (R) is downright fed up with reading all these commie stories about people struggling to get by in the recession. Despite the fact that every major media outlet has long since jettisoned stories of high unemployment and pretty much news humped stories regarding the deficit (see Paul Ryan and Debt Ceiling debates), Hovde wants them to focus more on the national debt and spending problems.
Much like Mitt Romney, Eric Hovde is one of these smarmy, entitled corporation BFFs who touts all of his vast private sector knowledge (gambling with other people’s’ money and pocketing huge profits even if he fails) and wants to impose his private-sector (crony capitalism and plutocratic) vision in government.
After delivering entitled rich schmuck remarks this past Friday to the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Hoyde apparently pointed to reporters covering the event and said he would love to see the press stop covering sad stories about low-income individuals who can’t get benefits and start covering issues like the deficit more frequently.
“I see a reporter here,” he said. “I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, ‘Oh, the person couldn’t get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.’ You know, I saw something the other day — it’s like, another sob story, and I’m like, ‘But what about what’s happening to the country and the country as a whole?’ That’s going to devastate everybody.” (Huffington Post)
Yeah, let those people with master’s degrees go back to waiting tables and having their kids be janitors!
A closer look at reportage history, including 5 of the nation’s top newspapers, revealed that unemployment was covered substantially lesser than the deficit.
“Mentions of unemployment have been dwindling since they spiked to 154 in the month ending August 15, 2010; over the month ending Sunday, there were 63,” wrote National Journal, adding, “That major newspapers and other media outlets have covered the deficit with greater intensity in recent months should come as no surprise given the focus of the politicians and policymakers they cover. The declining mentions of unemployment are perhaps more surprising, as the issue remains salient for millions of Americans.” (Huffington Post)
Here’s a chart from the National Journal that depicts its findings:
It’s high time we hear more about all of those downtrodden, taxed-to-death billionaires who can only afford two yachts per household.
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