The Poor You Know & Did You Even Try to Research This?

May 13, 2015 - Reza Aslan 05/13/2015 Views: 730,669

Fox News anchors react to some apt commentary from President Obama about the negative depiction of poor people in the media. (9:37)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO "THEDAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

GOOD SHOW TONIGHT.

OUR OLD FRIEND REZA ASLAN WILLBE JOINING US AND WE'RE GONNA

TALK ABOUT ALL KINDS OFSTUFF, MOSTLY GOD.

YOU KNOW, I'M WATCHING FOX NEWSWHICH I'LL CONTINUE TO DO NOW

FOR ANOTHER, I DON'T KNOW, 36SHOWS MINUS TODAY'S OPEN.

AND WHILE WE OFTEN POKE FUN ATTHEM FOR LYING AND SUCKING.

THEY DO CARE VERY DEEPLY ABOUTCERTAIN ISSUES, LIKE BENGHAZI.

OR WOMEN'S LEGS.

OR THAT TIME ONE OF THEIR FEMALEANCHORS DIDN'T WEAR A DRESS, NOW

KNOWN AS PANTS-GHAZI.

( LAUGHTER )THE POINT IS, AFTER FOX FINISHES

CARING ABOUT LOTS OF OTHER STUFFTHEY EVENTUALLY CARE VERY DEEPLY

ABOUT POVERTY.

>> WE HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH ABOUTPOVERTY FROM THE OBAMA WHITE

HOUSE OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS.>> RIGHT.

>> VIRTUALLY NO EMPHASIS ONFAMILIES.

>> WHY NOT FOCUS ON POVERTY?

>> I REMEMBER FIVE OR SIX YEARSAGO, PRESIDENT OBAMA MAKING THIS

ONE OF HIS MAIN TALKING POINTS--I'M GOING TO FIX THE STRUCTURE

OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY.

WHERE DID THAT GO?

>> Jon: AND WHILE THE PRESIDENTHAS BEEN ADDRESSING THOSE

ISSUES, HIS ENTIRE PRESIDENCY,GOOD POINT.

( LAUGHTER )IN FACT, YESTERDAY, PRESIDENT

OBAMA SAT DOWN FOR A 76-MINUTEDISCUSSION AT GEORGETOWN

UNIVERSITY IN WHICH HE EXPLAINEDALL SORTS OF THINGS ABOUT

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THEDEBATE BETWEEN GOVERNMENT

ASSISTANCE AND PERSONALRESPONSIBILITY AS BEING A FALSE

CHOICE AND FAMILIES, ET CETERA.

>> A FREE MARKET IS PERFECTLYCOMPATIBLE WITH ALSO US MAKING

INVESTMENT IN GOOD PUBLICSCHOOLS, PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES,

INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC PARKS.

IF WE DO THOSE THINGS, THEVALUES AND THE CHARACTER THAT

THOSE KIDS ARE LEARNING, THEY'RELESS LIKELY TO GET PREGNANT AS

TEENS AND LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGEIN DRUGS AND LESS LIKELY TO BE

INVOLVED WITH THE CRIMINALJUSTICE SYSTEM.

THAT IS A REINFORCEMENT OF THEVALUES AND CHARACTERS THAT WE

WANT.

I AM A BLACK MAN WHO GREW UPWITHOUT A FATHER, AND I KNOW THE

COSTS THAT I PAID FOR THAT.

AND I ALSO KNOW THAT I HAD THECAPACITY TO BREAK THAT CYCLE.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHO ELSETALKS WITH HIS HANDS?

HITLER.

SO FOX FINALLY GOT THESUBSTANTIVE PRESIDENTIAL

DISCUSSION ON POVERTYTHAT THEY ALWAYS WANTED,

INCLUDING ONSTAGE, THE COUNTER-VIEW FROM THE

HEAD OF THE CONSERVATIVEAMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE.

HE WAS ON STAGE.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE FOX'SHAPPINESS AND SATISFACTION.

>> FOX NEWS ALERT.

FOX NEWS FRONT AND CENTER.

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKING TIMEOUT TODAY FOR ONE OF HIS

FAVORITE TOPICS-- FOX NEWS!

>> PRESIDENT OBAMA ACCUSED FOXNEWS OF PROPAGATING HARMFUL

STEREOTYPES ABOUT POORAMERICANS.

>> THE PRESIDENT ACCUSED THEMEDIA, IN PARTICULAR FOX NEWS,

FOR SUGGESTING THE POOR AREUNWILLING TO WORK.

>> Jon: YUP, JUST LIKECOLLEGE STUDENTS AT A FOUR-HOUR

COMMENCEMENT, FOX BASICALLY PAYSNO ATTENTION UNTIL THEY HEAR

THEIR OWN NAMES.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

IT TURNS OUT AT ONE POINT-- ( CHEERS )

IN THIS-- AT ONE POINT IN THISINCREDIBLY THOUGHTFUL AND

PRODUCTIVE SESSION ON POVERTY,THE PRESIDENT MADE THE EASILY

PROVABLE AND DECIDEDLY TRUEPOINT THAT FOX NEWS NARRATIVE IS

THAT POVERTY IS NOT A FUNCTIONOF ECONOMIC CONDITION BUT OF

CHARACTER.

>> THE EFFORT TO SUGGEST THATTHE POOR ARE SPONGES, LEECHES,

ARE-- DON'T WANT TO WORK, ARELAZY, IF YOU WATCH FOX NEWS ON A

REGULAR BASIS, IT IS A CONSTANTMENU.

THEY WILL FIND, LIKE FOLKS WHOMAKE ME MAD.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY FINDTHEM. RIGHT?

THEY'RE ALL LIKE--( LAUGHTER )

I DON'T WANT TO WORK.

I JUST WANT A FREE OBAMA PHONE.

( LAUGHTER )OR WHATEVER.

AND THAT BECOMES AN ENTIRENARRATIVE.

>> REALLY?

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: YEAH, REALLY.

>> REALLY?

( LAUGHTER )>> Jon: REALLY.

>> REALLY?

>> Jon: YES!

WHAT'S WITH YOUR TONE OF DISGUSTAND DISAPPOINTMENT.

ARE YOU ANCHORING A NEWS DESK ORDID YOU JUST COME HOME TO FIND

YOUR DOG HAD EATEN YOUR CAT'SENTIRE LITTER BOX.

ROSCO!

REALLY.

IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THEPRESIDENT HAS A REMARKABLY FIRM

GRASP ON YOUR BUSINESS MODELTHERE, FOX.

SO WHY ARE YOU OUTRAGED?

>> IN MY OPINION, THE PRESIDENTIS SPINNING HIS OWN POLICY

FAILURES.

AS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS SHRINKS ANDTHE POOR ARE TRAPPED IN THE

SYSTEM, SO TO SPEAK, THEPRESIDENT BLAMES US, THE HONEST

MESSENGERS.( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: THE "HONESTMESSENGERS."

MARTHA?

>> REALLY?

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WHAT-- WHAT-- DID IEVEN WATCH THE ( BLEEP )

PROGRAM?

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT,BARNEY?

>> WE'VE LOOKED AT THE FOODSTAMP PROGRAM NOT AT THE

RECIPIENTS.

WE HAVEN'T CHARACTERIZED THERECIPIENTS.

WE'VE LOOKED AT THE PROGRAM.

WE'RE NOT SAYING THAT THERECIPIENTS OF FOOD STAMPS ARE

BAD PEOPLE OR THAT THEY'RE LAZY.

>> Jon: THAT IS SUCH A RICHBUFFET OF BULL ( BLEEP ), I

CAN'T -- THAT IS ATHREE-COURSE PRIX FIXE--

I'M SORRY, PRICK-FEST.

FOR STARTERS, LET'S DEMONSTRATEFOX'S CONTEMPT FOR THOSE IN

POVERTY IN OUR FIRST COURSE OFTHIS MEAL,

AN AMUSE DOUCHE, IF YOU WILL.

>> AMERICA'S POOR ARE ACTUALLYLIVING THE GOOD LIFE.

>> JUST CALL THEM PENNYS FROMTHE GOVERNMENT HEAVEN.

>> THE UNITED STATES OFENTITLEMENT.

>> A NATION OF TAKERS.

>> ENTITLEMENT SOCIETY.

>> SCARY.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: WE HAVE NOTHINGAGAINST THE POOR.

IT'S JUST THAT THEIR RAVENOUSGREED BURST THROUGH AMERICA'S

CHEST LIKE THE MONSTER IN"ALIEN."

BUT I'M SORRY, YOU WERESAYING YOU DON'T CHARACTERIZE

THE POOR AS BAD PEOPLE OR LAZY?

WELL, YOUR ENTREE IS READY JUSTAS YOU ASKED FOR IT.

MEDIUM UNFAIR.

>> WE HAVE CONDITIONED PEOPLE TOLOOK TO THE GOVERNMENT TO BE

THEIR ANSWER FOR EVERY PROBLEMTHEY HAVE, AND TAKE ZERO

RESPONSIBILITY.

>> THE MOOCHER CLASS.

>> SUBSIDIZED FREELOADERS.

>> GIVE ME THESE GOODIES, GIVEME A CELL PHONE, PAY MY RENT.

>> PAYOUTS FROM CRADDLE TOGRAVE.

>> NATION OF MOOCHERS.

>> FREELOADERS IN AMERICA.

>> ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY.

>> SITTING ON THE COUCH EATINGBON BONS.

>> PEOPLE WHO SLEEP UNTIL NOON.

>> SUCKING OFF, YOU KNOW, THENIPPLE OF THE GOVERNMENT.

( LAUGHTER )>> Jon: HOW ( BLEEP )

REMOVED FROM REALITY IS FOX'SPERCEPTION OF THEIR OWN COVERAGE

ON POVERTY?

THE MAIN DEFENDER OF YOURNETWORK'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS THOSE

IN POVERTY IS THE MAIN OFFENDER.

HE DOES SEGMENTS THAT WOULD MAKEEBENEZER SCROOGE GO, "HEY,

TAKE IT EASY.

THESE ARE PEOPLE WE'RE TALKINGABOUT."

FOR DESSERT TONIGHT WE SERVE YOUBAKED AL-[BLEEP]HOLE.

>> THE HANDOUT NATION ROLLS ON.

>> WE HAND OUT $7 BILLIONEVERY JANUARY TO THESE SO-CALLED

POOR PEOPLE.

>> YOU'RE NOT BEING MEAN TO POORPEOPLE TODAY.

>> I AM. I AM BEING MEAN TO POORPEOPLE. FRANKLY, I AM.

>> MANY POOR FAMILIES HAVE HOMESWITH CABLE TV, CELL PHONES,

COMPUTERS, YOU NAME IT-- MUCH,MUCH MORE.

99% HAVE A REFRIGERATOR.

81% HAVE A MICROWAVE.

>> YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE US THEEMOTIONAL SIDE OF THE STORY,

PEOPLE NEED $15 PER HOUR TO LIVEON.

THEY'RE STARVING WITHOUT IT.

OKAY, I GOT THAT.

>> THE IMAGE WE HAVE OF POORPEOPLE AS STARVING AND LIVING IN

SQUALOR REALLY IS NOT ACCURATE.

MANY OF THEM HAVE THINGS.

WHAT THEY LACK IS A RICHNESS OFSPIRIT.

>> Jon: ANYWAY, YOU BOY,WHAT DAY IS IT TODAY?

IS IT CHRISTMAS DAY?

OH, GO UP AND BUY ALL THEGOOSES.

KEEP THEM OUT OF THOSE LAZY POORHANDS.

AND IF YOU SEE A BOY ONCRUTCHES, PUSH HIM DOWN.

HE'S NOT CRIPPLED.

HE'S CRIPPLED AT HEART.

HE LACKS A RICHNESS OF LEG-NESS.

ARE THESE GLARING -- ARE THEY--I DON'T EVEN -- ARE THESE--

HONESTLY, ARE THESE GLARINGCONTRADICTIONS A PRODUCT OF A

LACK OF SELF-AWARENESS, ORCYNICISM, OR STUPIDITY OR EVIL.

I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE AND I'MSTARTING TO LACK A RICHNESS OF

( BLEEP ).

( LAUGHTER )WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS

ANOTHER JOURNALIST ON ANOTHERNETWORK LEAPING TO DEFEND

SOMETHING SO CLEARLYINDEFENSIBLE.

>> WHAT ABOUT THE SPECIFIC CLIPABOUT FOX NEWS CALLING POOR

PEOPLE LEECHES,SPONGES, AND LAZY?

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THAT ON FOXNEWS?

>> NO, NO, I HAVE NOT.

( LAUGHTER )>> Jon: WELL, I GUESS IT'S

TIME FOR OUR FAVORITE GAME SHOWDID YOU EVEN TRY TO RESEARCH

THIS?

ALL RIGHT, THE RULES ARESIMPLE.

FIRST--( APPLAUSE )

JOE SCARBOROUGH CITES THREEWORDS HE SAYS HE'S NEVER HEARD

FOX NEWS CALL POOR PEOPLE ANDTHEN WE SEE HOW WRONG HE IS.

TODAY'S WORDS ARE LAZY, SPONGESAND LEECHES.

READY, SET, GO.

>> THESE PROGRAMS DO MAKE PEOPLELAZY.

>> THEY GET FOOD STAMPS.

IT MAKES IT EASY FOR THEM TOSPONGE OFF THEIR GIRLFRIENDS AND

SPOUSES.

>> SO THE MORE OF THE LEECHESTHAT HE CAN GET TO VOTE FOR HIM.

( BELL RINGING ).

>> Jon: AND THAT'S OURGAME.

( LAUGHTER )WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.