GOP Senate Candidate Wants The Media To Stop Covering ‘Sob Stories’ About Low-Income Americans

At a recent event, Republican Wisconsin U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde said that he is exasperated with media coverage of “sad personal stories” about Americans who have been affected by the Great Recession. Evidently tired of reading about low-income or homeless individuals unable to access basic needs, Hovde expressed his disdain for such “sob stories,” while pointing to a reporter:

I see a reporter here. I just pray that you start writing about these issues. I just pray. Stop always writing about, ‘Oh, the person couldn’t get, you know, their food stamps or this or that.’ You know, I saw something the other day — it’s like, another sob story, and I’m like, ‘But what about what’s happening to the country and the country as a whole?’ That’s going to devastate everybody.

Watch it (relevant clip begins at 13:47):

According to Hovde, more important issues include lowering the corporate tax rate and the national deficit. Hovde’s comments come after a May 2011 study conducted by the National Journal, which reviewed how often the words “unemployment” or “deficit” appeared in the nation’s five largest newspapers. The findings clearly show that the deficit was covered significantly more than the unemployment in major American news outlets.

A Wisconsin hedge fund manager and businessman, Eric Hovde is one of four candidates looking for the GOP nomination for the state’s U.S. Senate seat. The winner would run against Democratic candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin. But perhaps Hovde simply doesn’t want the media to write about food stamps because then people might notice that Republicans are trying to cut them. (HT: Amanda Terkel)

Angela Guo