Project Censored: 10 Big Stories News Media Ignored in 2015 

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click to enlarge Demands for a living wage was the subjects of protests around the country. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Demands for a living wage was the subjects of protests around the country.

Millions in poverty get less media coverage than billionaires do

The news media in the United States doesn't like to talk about poverty, but they love to report on the lives and glory of the super-rich.

The advocacy group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, analyzed the three major television news networks and found that 482 billionaires got more attention than the 50 million people who live in poverty.

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This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who follows the mainstream media, or pays much attention to the world of social media and the blogosphere. The top rung of society gets vast amounts of attention, for good and for ill — but the huge numbers of people who are homeless, hungry and often lacking in hope just aren't news.

The FAIR study revealed that between January 2013 and February 2014, a scant average of just 2.7 seconds per 22-minute episode covered poverty, with just 23 news segments featuring the topic during the 14-month study.

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