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Romney’s “47 Percent” Remark Highlights Media Stereotyping

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October 10, 2012

Graphic by Roberto Delgado

Mitt Romney inadvertently coined a new phrase for working-class families when he dubbed them the “47 percent” at a private fundraiser secretly recorded in May. But who are this 47 percent, and how much did Romney’s misguided description fuel media stereotyping?

To the Republican presidential nominee, these are people who don’t pay income taxes because they are dependent on government and have a sense of entitlement and a victim mentality.

Graphic by Roberto Delgado

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