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What’s missing in the media’s coverage of the sequester

Here’s today’s pop quiz: What impact has the sequester had on low-income Americans?

If you find yourself struggling for an answer, it might be because of how the media has covered the automatic federal spending cuts that went into effect almost two weeks ago.

The Nation’s Ari Melber noted this week that there have been over 12,000 news stories on how the cuts have impacted tours of the White House, and fewer than 1,000 news stories detailing the impact of these cuts to housing assistance.

Think Progress also examined how Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC have covered the sequestration cuts. Here’s what they found:

‘There were 33 times as many mentions of White House tours as mentions of other sequester impacts hitting the poor. Any discussion of sequestration’s steep cuts to housing assistance, food stamps, and Head Start early education was virtually nonexistent on all 3 networks in the same time frame.’

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that more than 100,000 low-income families will likely lose housing vouchers because of sequestration. To read the CBPP’s paper on how the across-the-board spending cuts will impact low-income women and children eligible for WIC, click here.

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4 Comments

  1. Doug

    March 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

    What is missing is that the true effects of the sequester will be negligible to most government services outside the military. This mix of cuts is a liberal dream because it primarily targets the military and serves their desire to gut our power and ability to defend our nation.

  2. Syd

    March 14, 2013 at 10:59 am

    @Doug…yeah whatever helps you justify your ignorance. Our military already spends more on outdated cold-war defense policies than the next 17 nations combined INCLUDING China and Russia. The only thing our current our bloated military is defending is sweetheart deals to defense contractors who bankroll legislators. Might you be one of those?

  3. HunterC

    March 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    What’s missing in “progressive” coverage of the sequester?

    The simple way to end it:

    HR900

    Why haven’t any North Carolina Congresscritters sponsored it?

    It’s a very short and simple bill that will end the sequester:

    To eliminate the sequestration under section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    “SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the `Cancel the Sequester Act of 2013′.
    SEC. 2. REPEAL OF 251A SEQUESTRATION.
    Section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is repealed.”

    That’s it.

    Where are Rep. Butterfield, Rep. Price and Rep. Watt?

  4. Doug

    March 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    There is no ignorance here, nor any military industrial complex connection. The military definitely needs to have reforms, although your reference to cold war seems to not take into account the rising ambitions of China and the continued threats of Russia on the world stage. Those two are playing the long con waiting for us to decimate the military in the same way we did in the ~1930′s.

    The point is that the sequester is a liberal dream to degrade military rather than making a balanced approach to the cuts. Very few effects will be seen by the average Joe, which is actaully a good thing, only we need to get ready to make the cuts to entitlements since that is the reason our government is turning into a giant ponzi scheme.