Charles Blow in the New York Times recently discussed President Obama's remarks on the poor, and media reaction to them. The President said,
“Over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.”
The response of his critics, particularly those on the right, have echoed some common fallacies about poverty. Read the whole article.