Republicans Sink To New Low By Using Fox News Special As Fact In Committee Hearing

by RIKA CHRISTENSEN – Fox News is so pervasive, and apparently so convincing, that a misleading special of theirs has made it into a House committee hearing on SNAP benefits as evidence of widespread fraud within the system. According to Media Matters for America, Fox News aired a special in 2013 about a California guy on SNAP who surfs, eats lobster, and doesn’t work. They then sent the video to certain Republicans, who apparently ate it up as absolute truth. Fox tried to make the surfing freeloader “the new face of food stamps.” In other words, they were specifically looking to demonize people who receive SNAP benefits by making them all look like freeloaders living off of hardworking taxpayers. Media Matters said that the hearing was to address the past, present and future of SNAP. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) referenced Fox News’ special as evidence of the fraud within the...

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