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CNN reporter says the poor are the problem

August 9, 2011

CNN reporter Carol Costello invited African American intellectuals Cornel West and Tavis Smiley to be part of a Live show to talk about their Poverty Tour. West and Smiley are traveling across the US to hear from people living in poverty, “so they will not be forgotten, ignored, or rendered invisible during this difficult and dangerous time of economic deprivation and political cowardice.”

Instead of discussing what West and Smiley have been hearing from people, the CNN pundit took a very reactionary position, first by reading a comment from someone who claims the poor are the problem, second by citing a Heritage Foundation report and then claiming the rich pay all the taxes.

The behavior of the CNN reporter showed no journalistic integrity and demonstrated that CNN is fundamentally no different than FOX News in that they represent an elite perspective and don’t have the slightest idea what it means to be part of the working class in this country.

Despite the ridiculous claims made by the CNN reporter, West and Smiley do an excellent job with their responses.

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