Mainstream Media Scream: David Gregory hits Paul Ryan's 'sympathy'

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC "Meet the Press" host David Gregory suggesting that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's new anti-poverty plan doesn't have a “lot of sympathy” for the poor.

From Sunday’s show:

Gregory: Let’s talk about your own attitudes about people who are poor and their views on government. You were on this program in January of last year and you said the following.

Ryan, January 27, 2013: We don’t want a dependency culture. Our concern in this country is with the idea that more and more able-bodied people are becoming dependent on the government than upon themselves for their livelihoods.

Gregory: It doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of sympathy for people you think need the government’s help. What you seem to be saying is that, you know, people have a problem, you know, with their own dependency here the government is only furthering.

Ryan: That’s not my intent and that’s far from it. My point, and I’ll make it again, is we don’t want to have a poverty management system that simply perpetuates poverty.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “All too typical of a liberal who presumes spending money equals caring, Gregory puts emotion ahead of facts. To him, it’s Ryan’s attitude that matters, not the impact and effectiveness of government policy. Once again, by disparaging conservatives, the media establishment stand as an impediment to reforming entitlement programs.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

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