Monday, August 8, 2011

Distortion, misuse and abuse of poverty statistics

PJTV’s Bill Whittle with a very interesting presentation [via]:

From the Heritage Foundation research report:

... The overwhelming majority of the public do not regard a family living in these conditions as poor. [....] A full 80 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats agreed that a family living in those living conditions should not be considered poor.
One of the most regrettable aspects of official U.S. government poverty statistics is the misleading negative image that they project around the world. U.S. government poverty numbers are like a Potemkin village in reverse, suggesting to the rest of the globe that living conditions in the U.S. are much worse than they actually are.
For example:
Al Jazeera ...tells a global audience: “37 million people—that is one in eight Americans—live below the official poverty line. That means these people are often homeless, hungry, and have no health insurance.”
The Teheran Times “... [O]ne in five children in the United States live in poverty, with almost half of them living in extreme poverty.”
... the Chinese government uses the U.S. Census Bureau’s misleading poverty reports to condemn the U.S. government for human rights violations.
Russia Today (RT) is a multilingual television news network funded by the Russian government. RT broadcasts news in English, Spanish, and Arabic to over 100 nations .... informs audiences that “one in seven Americans [are] living in poverty.”
What? No mention of the CBC and BBC?

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