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But internal State Department emails and documents obtained by Foreign Policy and the non-profit journalism website Coda Story show that the Trump administration ignored advice of White House economic analysts and knowingly lied to the public about the severity of American poverty, which the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston described as "shocking."
Despite the fact that the U.N. analysis cited government statistics to bolster its claims about poverty in America,
the Trump administration opted to draw from a report by the right-wing Heritage Foundation,
which concluded that 250,000 Americans are living in extreme poverty—a stark contrast to the U.N.'s conclusion that the correct number is 18.25 million.
The Heritage Foundation was founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich, Edwin Feulner, and Joseph Coors. Growing out of the new business activist movement inspired by the Powell Memorandum, discontent with Richard Nixon's embrace of the "liberal consensus" and the nonpolemical, cautious nature of existing think tanks, Weyrich and Feulner sought to create an organization that would supply policymakers with concise, timely position papers.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Notes: The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies were taken from Heritage’s policy study Mandate for Leadership.
Heritage has since continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy making, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.
... uses loaded words and does not always source to credible information.
Has been put on a list by the Union of Concerned Scientists for publishing misleading information regarding climate change. (7/19/2016) Updated (4/22/2017)
Some 2016 poverty thresholds were
$12,486 for a single individual under age 65
$14,507 a household of two people with a householder 65 years or older with no children
$24,339 for a family of four with two children under age 18
originally posted by: amazing
Another big problem with the media is that Right wing media and left wing media both lie, but in opposite ways. So we the citizen try to look up the truth and generally the first 5 pages of google are either Right or Left wing news sources. Who do we trust? it's getting really hard to research stuff any more.
Most people, however, arent' as informed as we are here and just trust their partisan news sources. Meaning those that watch fox news will believe everything they say without question and those that watch MSNBC will believe everything Rachel Maddow tells them with out question.
Extreme poverty, abject poverty, absolute poverty, destitution, or penury, was originally defined by the United Nations in 1995 as "a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information.
Researchers at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center have also looked at extreme poverty over the period 1996 to 2011. They used the World Bank definition of deep poverty as living on $2 a day per person or less, an income level dramatically lower than the Census Bureau definition.
The study showed that from 1996 to 2011, the number of U.S. households living of $2 a day per person or less increased from 636,000 to 1.46 million. This included in 2.8 million children in 2011, which is about 16 percent of all children in povert