The media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) has put out a new report that looks at the national media’s coverage of poverty in the United States.
FAIR looked at six months of campaign media coverage — starting on January 1st and ending on June 23rd — on eight news outlets: CBS Evening News, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek.
It found that “just 17 of the 10,489 campaign stories studied (0.2 percent) addressed poverty in a substantive way.”
As we covered here recently, a fifth of American children live in poverty. Now we know in even greater detail how the facts about those children and other impoverished Americans aren’t getting out in the media and the bloodstream of the political debate of the election.