Why Did the NYT Tell Readers that Republicans “Distrust” Food Stamps?

May 06, 2020

It was a very bizarre choice of words. In a useful and lengthy article on Republican efforts to cut food stamp benefits, we are told:

“The Republican distrust of food stamps has now collided with a monumental crisis. Cars outside food banks have lined up for miles in places as different as San Antonio, Pittsburgh and Miami Beach.”

The piece gives no evidence whatsoever that Republicans “distrust” food stamps. It provides plenty of evidence that they dislike food stamps, just as they dislike anything that helps low and moderate-income people.

It would be good if the paper stopped its mind-reading and just told readers that the Republicans have continually tried to cut food stamps and not imply that there is any question of trust at issue.


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