Tuesday, October 15, 2013

8 immoral ways the government shutdown
is hurting the needy

“Many of us have been dismayed by media coverage of the government shutdown, which has too rarely focused on its impact on already struggling families in our nation," writes Sister Simone Campbell.

"Instead, media outlets have chosen easy visuals such as barricades in front of parks and monuments, along with disappointed tourists. Only a tiny percentage of segments broadcast by news outlets the first week of the government shutdown mentioned its effects on people already struggling at the economic margins," writes Sister Simone, who is the executive director of NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and leader of the "Nuns on the Bus" campaigns for economic justice and immigration reform.

"As media obsession with political brinksmanship continues, we must refocus their attention on how real people are being badly hurt. That this is happening in the richest nation on earth is both morally wrong and shameful.”

Read more in the post in the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog here.


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