US WAS UTOPIA BEFORE FDR—How Fox News Distorts History
Last week, John Stossel gave a master class in how Fox News keeps its viewers misled and misinformed on economic issues, concluding with the bombshell “fact” that “think about the Depression. That was before there was any welfare state at all. How many people starved? No one.”
Whoa, really? No, actually.
President Herbert Hoover declared, “Nobody is actually starving. The hoboes are better fed than they have ever been.” But in New York City in 1931, there were 20 known cases of starvation; in 1934, there were 110 deaths caused by hunger. There were so many accounts of people starving in New York that the West African nation of Cameroon sent $3.77 in relief.
Also, breadlines. Also, an increase in the suicide rate. But before Stossel even got to that claim, he’d unleashed quite the load of right-wing economic messaging disguised as homespun folksy common sense.
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