In a discussion on poverty at Georgetown Tuesday, President Obama said the only way we can change how the body politic thinks on issues like welfare is “to change how the media reports.” In his standard ultra-partisan mode, Obama set his compassionate understanding of the plight of the poor against the stone-hearted perspective of Republicans and conservative media (Fox News), who he said portray the poor as “leeches” who are “undeserving” of society’s generosity:

OBAMA: I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them.

They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical — who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills. FULL REPORT