Nov 12, 2019

Fox News's War On The Poor Homeless Has Taken Root In Las Vegas

Background/Context: Class Warfare: How The GOP, Fox News & Billionaires Make Nonsense Sound Like Common Sense

The poor homeless people can't even sleep on the sidewalks in Las Vegas anymore without getting fined $1000 or 6 months in jail. Clearly the Fox News / GOP war on the homeless has take root there (examples of this war below). It also seems like there may be alot of private prisons feeding of the governments teat in Nevada. Once again the rich are feeding on the poor like vultures or cannibals (killing them without eating them since they are not seen as Gods like Jesus).

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Fox News zeroes in on a new target: the homeless Ahead of 2020, Fox News dehumanizes the homeless in an attempt to boost Republicans

Fox News has recently increased coverage of the problem of homelessness in America’s cities, using the issue as an excuse to chastise Democratic politicians and criticize proposals aimed at helping undocumented immigrants. Video:

The network has painted a grim picture of American cities as “almost Third World in their decay,” facing “a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization,” and filled with “drugged-out zombies chasing barefooted babies.” Fox has largely focused on the issue in cities on the West Coast -- mostly focusing on cities in liberal California, with a few segments on Denver; Seattle; and Portland and Eugene, OR. Every city Fox highlighted has at least one thing in common: Democratic leaders. And the problem Fox identified in each city is more or less the same -- the Democratic leaders and their “rich friends” prefer to push “social justice initiatives,” “socialist solutions,” and “liberal compassion” instead of properly addressing mental illness or engaging in punitive crackdowns on homelessness (Fox's preference). One Fox host even suggested the solution in Los Angeles is to “bulldoze the 50-block radius” and “institutionalize everybody.”
It is clear that Fox plans to make this topic a part of its strategy ahead of 2020 by using the real and serious problem of homelessness to demonize Democrats and fearmonger about socialism. Below is a rundown of some of the network’s recent attacks:
Hannity began an April 3 segment about crime and homelessness by saying that “liberal cities all across the country” are in a “growing huge crisis as a result of failed policies implemented by the Democratic leaders.” Hannity stressed that these cities have “one commonality” -- “This is happening in big cities where they have massive amounts of taxation.” His guest Pam Bondi claimed that “Democrats abandoned our inner cities, our most vulnerable populations, a long time ago when they started talking about a centralized government, their socialist solutions,” warning that “they want to take that nationwide in 2020 with this presidential election.” Fox contributor Mike Huckabee said that the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles and other cities “is Third World stuff,” pointing to “rat infestation” and “bubonic plague.” Hannity repeated that there is homelessness “a mile from Nancy Pelosi’s, you know, gated community,” asking why “she can’t raise money from all those rich San Francisco liberals that she lives next to.” Huckabee agreed, stressing the “hypocrisy of liberalism, the insanity of liberalism” and adding that “this is a discussion about whether or not we're going to survive as a civilization if we keep going in this direction.” [Fox News, Hannity6/3/19]
On The Five, co-host Jesse Watters described homeless people in Los Angeles as “drugged-out zombies chasing barefooted babies through piles of garbage with hypodermic needles and fire everywhere.” He then claimed that “you only have one solution” to homelessness in the city: “You bulldoze the 50-block radius and you institutionalize everybody and detoxify them, and then you let them out.” [Fox News, The Five6/3/19]
On Fox & Friends, co-host Ainsley Earhardt introduced “shocking photos" that “show just how bad the conditions are getting in downtown Los Angeles.” Guest Jim Breslow complained that he has to deal with homelessness in his community, “which is an affluent community.” The chyron during the segment read “LA plagued with trash, rats, and typhoid fever.” The segment ended with Breslow criticizing California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for appearing “to be more focused on global issues” before praising Trump’s “America First” agenda. [Fox News, Fox & Friends6/3/19]
On The Ingraham Angle, guest Dr. Drew Pinsky described Los Angeles’ homelessness and its related health issues as “a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization.” Pinsky fearmongered that he is “hearing from experts that bubonic plague is likely -- it’s already here.” He described the situation as “medieval” and said “Third World countries are insulted if they are accused of being like [Los Angeles].” Host Laura Ingraham used Los Angeles’ homelessness to fearmonger about undocumented immigrants. [Fox News, The Ingraham Angle, 5/30/19]
On his prime-time Fox show, Sean Hannity aired a segment in which Fox News correspondent Lawrence Jones spoke to people in Portland, OR, about homelessness. Hannity used the segment to attack liberal politicians in other West Coast cities, pointing to the “beautiful, walled, gated community of Nancy Pelosi.” His guest, Pam Bondi, chastised Pelosi “and all her rich friends” for not doing more to address mental health and drug problems in San Francisco, such as building more shelters and public bathroom facilities. His other guest, Emily Compagno, complained that the “compassionate approach” to homelessness is “paralyzing these cities” and “wasting our tax dollars.” Compagno added that “the sufferers are not only those homeless” but also “the constituents whose tax dollars are being absolutely wasted.” [Fox News, Hannity5/30/19]
On Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade criticized Pelosi for contributing to the “homeless capital of the world, where drugs run rampant.” Jones chimed in that there are “needles all over the ground,” and Kilmeade added that San Francisco “basically ha[s] a sewer for a sidewalk.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends5/29/19]
In a “straight news” report on America’s Newsroom, correspondent Dan Springer described a “social justice initiative” in Seattle that requires “every department of city government look at how their policies affect the poor and people of color.” He claimed that “critics say it’s simply led to people skating justice,” pointing to Seattle’s homelessness problem. Springer said that “one likely reason” for the city’s large homeless population is because “Seattle doesn’t enforce its anti-camping law, so there are thousands of people living in tents, many of them addicted to drugs, which are often used in public.” He said that because prosecutors “won’t charge people with possession of less than a gram” of drugs, there is “no fear of jail time” and people are “not going to get hauled into court for getting caught not paying a bus fare and then not paying the fine” -- a policy that he admitted disproportionately hurt minorities and poorer people. [Fox News, America’s Newsroom5/24/19]

Individual articles:

On Citations Needed, Media Matters researcher Madeline Peltz discusses how Tucker Carlson's white nationalist ideology guides segments on homelessness

Fox News' “trust fund baby” prime-time host is on a mission to demonize the homeless

Fox’s Jesse Watters' solution for homelessness: “Bulldoze the 50-block radius, and you institutionalize everybody” Watters: “We saw drugged-out zombies chasing barefooted babies through piles of garbage”

Sean Hannity and guests claim only states run by Democrats have homeless people Hannity: “There's one commonality. This is not happening in Florida or Texas or states that have zero income tax.”

Fox News has spent months demonizing homelessness in California. Now Trump wants a major crackdown.

Fox host floats the government putting the homeless into camps: “I hesitate to use the word”

Fox & Friends guest says California needs to put homeless people in government facilities: “We have people that are thinking it is OK to just live on the street”

Sinclair's national programming is fearmongering about homelessness (Another GOP outlet)

Fox & Friends guest says homeless people need to be “reprimanded”Elizabeth Novak: “They need places to go. They need detox. They need to be reprimanded.”

Fox & Friends co-host complains that California is “allowing” homeless people to live in their cars

Fox's The Story segment frames the real victims of homelessness as businesses

Fox News contributor calls homeless people in Los Angeles zombies Emily Compagno: “These are zombies. These are absolute drug addicts with mental illnesses.”

Fox News ramps up its laser-focused coverage on homelessness in US cities

Fox News’ ugly, dehumanizing coverage of homelessness in American cities has increased in recent months following reports that President Donald Trump plans to crack down on homeless camps in California, possibly forcing inhabitants into government facilities.
Fox News has aired hundreds of segments mentioning homelessness in 2019, including more than 100 since Trump’s proposed crackdown was first reported in September, according to Media Matters' internal database. Fox’s segments on homelessness often paint a dire picture of U.S. cities, which have been described on air as “almost Third World in their decay” and as facing “a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization.” The network’s dehumanizing approach to covering the issue was exemplified by the feature story on Fox’s website on November 12:
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