Fox News Guest Star Jones: Food Stamp Recipients Are Too Busy ‘Watching Porn’ To Get A Job

Star Jones — who once claimed black families were healthier under slavery — falsely claimed on “Fox & Friends” that food stamp recipients are too busy “watching porn” to get a job even though most food stamp recipients already have jobs:

These guys are not working, they’re watching. They’re watching porn, they’re watching women, they’re watching TV, they’re watching everything, but they’re not working.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities debunked this tired old Republican talking point back in March 2018 as did U.S. News in May 2018:

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( or SNAP, formerly called food stamps) helps millions of low-wage workers put food on the table. That’s right – workers. You wouldn’t know it from conservative critics’ claims that SNAP has a debilitating effect on participants’ work effort, but SNAP benefits are designed to support work, and the typical non-elderly, non-disabled SNAP participant is no stranger to work.

SNAP is nevertheless important for these workers because their jobs typically pay low wages, have unpredictable scheduling and provide few benefits, as my CBPP colleagues Brynne Keith-Jennings and Vincent Palacios document here.

SNAP is our most important anti-hunger program, and it’s available to almost all households with low incomes. Close to 70 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children; more than one-quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities. SNAP provides only a modest benefit (on average, less than $1.40 per person per meal), but research shows that SNAP reduces poverty and food insecurity and, over the long-term, that means better health and economic outcomes for SNAP recipients, especially those who receive it as children.

(Sources: US News, Fox News via Twitter, The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, The New Civil Rights Movement)

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