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Mainstream Media Often Portray Poverty and the Poor Out of Context

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Joshunda Sanders
September 27, 2012

Illustration by Roberto Delgado

In a now famous video, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney depicts 47 percent of Americans as supporters of President Barack Obama, describing them as people who receive government assistance through welfare, Medicaid and other federal programs.

“There are 47 percent . . . who are dependent upon government . . . who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” Romney said during a private Florida fundraiser in May.

Instantly, his words stirred controversy. Across the country, families and individuals questioned whether Romney was referring to them. The statement elicited raw emotions, anger and confusion. None of it enhanced his campaign.

Illustration by Roberto Delgado

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