Sean Hannity and his guests bent over backwards last night not to look like they were race baiting over the sensationalized case of a black man who fathered 22 children by “at least” 14 women. So instead, they made him a poster child for everything wrong with welfare and welfare recipients. Not surprisingly, nobody bothered to note that he’s far from typical.
As Addicting Info noted not too long ago, “(T)he average welfare recipient is a white mother in the suburbs who remains on welfare about two years and is actively searching for employment (and this is partially true because there are more white people in general).”
But you’d never know that from watching the Hannity discussion last night. Right in his introduction, he said, “My guess is Tennesse is not the only place where this is happening.” His guess? I thought this was supposed to be a news network.
Instead of doing anything to find out, he brought on talk show host David Webb and Fox legal analyst Bob Massi. Massi started out by suggesting that the man was a good candidate for enforced sterilization – and then moved on to maligning the mothers. “We’ve been paying for years on these type of things,” Massi said.
“Taxpayers should be pissed about this… The women should have kept their legs closed,” Webb offered up. Then he went on to (falsely) allege that the SNAP program “pays for this kind of thing. …We’re feeding this beast of irresponsibility.”
Massi added, “In some cases, this is a business for people.”
Then, as they all suggested this was a reason to cut food benefits to low-income families, Hannity made a hammy show of concern for the man’s children not getting to play football with their father and other Hallmark-card experiences. “Where’s the thought process about them? Who thinks about them?” he asked. Because nothing says "think of the kids" like hosting a statistics-free discussion designed to promote cutting their nutrition benefits!
Nobody brought up any statistics to make the case. Laziness, fear of facts they knew wouldn’t prove their case – or both? I report, you decide.
By the way, Fox Nation also hyped this story – and their readers reacted with a nauseating slew of racist reactions.