Monday, June 21, 2010

Limbaugh's "dumpster dive" suggestion only latest salvo in his war on the poor

From MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA:





Haha -- stupid starving kids can't even find food in their kitchens!

Good one, Rush.

Limbaugh suggested that "kids losing weight because they're starving to death" is a benefit of school being out for the summer. On the June 16 edition of his radio show, referencing a report that children "face a summer of hunger" because "[w]hile classes were in session, they relied on free or discount cafeteria meals ... [b]ut they will not be reached by the patchwork summer food programs financed by" the federal government, Limbaugh stated that "a summer off from government eating might be just the ticket" to curbing childhood obesity. He later characterized children "starving to death out there because there's no school meal being provided" as "one of the benefits of school being out."

Limbaugh to children: Can't find food? "There's always the neighborhood dumpster." Also on his June 16 show, Limbaugh challenged Summer Food Service programs by criticizing children for not knowing how to find food. Limbaugh first suggested that children should "try your house," and "if that doesn't work, try a Happy Meal at McDonald's." He concluded, "There's another place if none of these options work to find food; there's always the neighborhood dumpster."

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As we documented, mocking hungry children was only the latest salvo in Limbaugh's ongoing war on the poor. In fact, Limbaugh frequently makes light of the plight of the poor and derides the programs designed to aid them.

During the health care reform debate, Limbaugh devoted several segments to ridiculing people who couldn't afford health care. For example, he called the story of a woman who wore her dead sister's dentures because she couldn't afford her own the "sob story of the day" and further mocked the woman's plight by saying, "So if you don't have any teeth, so what? What's applesauce for?"

And while Limbaugh spends much of his time attacking those less fortunate than he -- including hungry children -- he will always stick up for those he sees as the true victims in our society: huge, irresponsible corporations.

FULL MEDIA MATTERS STORY HERE

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