Fox News Pioneers Shutdown Denialism

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Oct. 1 2013 12:03 PM

Fox News Pioneers Shutdown Denialism

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Here's how Fox News is covering the shutdown—by denying that there's a shutdown.

It's an interesting messaging tactic. Here's a good list over at Mother Jones of all the different classes of people who'll be impacted by the elimination of "nonessential" government services. It includes everyone from people who need permits for oil and gas exploration to people who might worry about the absence of CDC infection disease monitoring. Thanks to the shutdown it'll be harder to get a small business loan and harder to get many classes of mortgages. Poor people are going to lose safety net benefits and FBI agents will work without pay.

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Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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