15 Percent of Americans Live in Poverty
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  • October 7, 2013
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In a nation where, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty statistics released last month, 46.5 million people (roughly 15 percent) of the nation’s population lives in poverty, the idea that the media would not cover such a pressing human interest story because of financial troubles is misguided, if not inexcusable. It represents a failure on the part of the industry in fulfilling its role in serving the public interest.

The absence of coverage has left the poor with no voice in American society. As the plight of the nation’s shrinking middle class, a central issue in last year’s presidential campaign, consistently leads media coverage, the idea of poverty in America almost seems a relic from the past.

Nearly 50 years after President Lyndon B Johnson launched the “war on poverty” program that ushered in social security, Medicare and Medicaid amongst others, you could be fooled into believing that poverty is no longer a public policy problem in the U.S.

Read this article in The Guardian.

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