We are always complaining about how the media finds the most crazy lookin’, half dressed, pajama wearin’, toothless, animated individual to get in front of the camera to report on incidents that occur in the neighborhood….and yes! Today is no different.
The Cleveland area should be happy that one woman decided to take her mission for Obama to the streets! But for some reason, I don’t think it will interpreted as a proud moment. During a “Romney event” in Bedford, Ohio, near Cleveland, a unidentified woman was picketing the event and telling a reporter why she is voting for Obama:
“Keep Obama in President, you know! He gave us a phone! He gon’ do more!”
The interviewer tried to incite more of a response from her by saying, “A phone? How’d he give you a phone?”
To which she replied:
“You siiiign up! If you on food stamps, if you on social security, you got low income, disability…”
And then he asks her, “What’s wrong with Romney?”
Well, she gave the only answer that an Obama supporter would give:
The interview sounds harmless and straight to the point, right? Well, it’s a little different when you HEAR and SEE it. According to the Root’s Jenee’ Desmond Harris, the video is circulating the Net in the way the very way that one would think…as a conservative joke. Harris reports:
“As the Atlantic explains, it “belongs to a genre popular on conservative blogs in which poor people, usually black, confirm conservatives’ worst 47-percent fears by saying they can get something for nothing because Obama’s in office” (and, true to form, conservatives are already going nuts tweeting jokes about it).”
But more importantly, the part about Obama giving her a phone is not true.
Since 2009, there has been an urban myth that Obama created a program to provide free phones to low-income Americans at taxpayer expense. There is, in fact, a government program that will provide low-income people with a free or low cost cell phone. It was started in 2008 under George W. Bush.
The idea of providing low-income individuals with subsidized phone service was originated in the Reagan administration following the break-up of AT&T in 1984. (It was expanded and formalized by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.) The program is paid for by telecommunications companies through an independent non-profit, not through tax revenue.
Brace yourself…here it goes.