On the same day that Paul Krugman wrote a forceful column defending census data and attacking the liars and hacks who pump disinformation into our public discourse on the subject of income inequality, the very same New York Times publishes this bilge:
While most scholars have called the fuller measure a step forward, Robert Rector, an analyst at the Heritage Foundation, argues that both census counts — old and new — sharply overstate the amount of deprivation in the United States. In a recent study, he cited government data showing many poor families had game systems like Xbox.
“When the American public hears the word poverty, they are thinking about material hardship — bad housing, homelessness and hunger,” he said. “Most of the people that are defined as poor by the government are not poor in that sense.”
No reference to welfare queens and big screen tv’s, though. Your liberal media.