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

Posted By Clayton Henkel On March 14, 2013 @ 9:55 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

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 [1] 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 [2] also examined how Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC have covered the sequestration cuts. Here’s what they found [3]:

‘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 [4] 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 [5].

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URLs in this post:

[1] Ari Melber: https://twitter.com/AriMelber/status/311886169447215104

[2] Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/

[3] Here’s what they found: http://thinkprogress.org/media/2013/03/14/1714281/cable-news-obsessesively-covers-cuts-to-white-house-tours-virtually-ignores-cuts-to-programs-for-the-poor/

[4] 100,000 low-income families: http://www.offthechartsblog.org/sequestrations-impact-its-real/

[5] here: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3909

[6] Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/mediatours.jpg

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