Fox News Joins Boston Herald Welfare Jihad

As the hardreading staff at Two-Daily Town has chronicled, the Boston Herald is hellbent on blaming the Massachusetts welfare system for the Marathon bombings last week.

Now comes the cavalry, compliments of Fox News (via Mediaite).

the-five-islamThe Five Rails Against Boston Bombing Suspect Having Received Welfare: ‘Taxpayer-Funded Jihad’

Reacting to a Wednesday morning report that deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife received Massachusetts state welfare payments, Fox’s The Five tore into the system for enabling a “taxpayer-funded jihad.”

According to the Boston HeraldTsarnaev was receiving state benefits, along with his wife Katherine and their 3-year-old daughter, until 2012 when the family ceased to meet the income eligibility limits required by the state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The paper also reported that both of Tsarnaev’s parents received state welfare payments at some point.

The video:

 

That’s a stunning stew of misinformation and xenophobia, but why get technical about it.

Meanwhile, today’s Boston Herald has this lead story:

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Boxing PicturesLawmakers to eye welfare records

The Patrick administration is still keeping the welfare records of the slain marathon bombing mastermind under wraps — after agreeing, under political and public pressure, to release the information only to a House oversight committee where it will remain a secret.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s top spokesperson said last night there is an “exception in the law” that allows the welfare records to be shown to state legislators, but that’s where the transparency ends.

“The Legislature is not allowed to share it,” said Jesse Mermell, the governor’s director of communications.

But the Herald will share as much as it can, yeah?

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8 Responses to Fox News Joins Boston Herald Welfare Jihad

  1. “…a stunning stew of misinformation and xenophobia…” Hmm…where have I seen that before…

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/concise/neofascism

  2. Fin A says:

    Wow, Fox News and The Boston Herald. Now there’s a combination I never expected to see together. How did that happen?

  3. Bob Gardner says:

    Not to cast aspersions, but I wonder if the perennial columns about “hack holidays” created a climate where it was okay to attack people who didn’t work on Patriots Day?

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Seems like a stretch, Bob. Can’t see Tamerlan buying a Herald every day. And no way he’s one of the feisty local tabloid’s 17 home subscribers.

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