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Fox News: 'War on Poverty' taught women to be single and collect handouts

Fox News has often been criticized for using language that some would perceive as "anti-women" over the years, but during a recent broadcast, it was clear as day in their tone and the words spoke.

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Robert Sobel

During an episode of the Fox News show "Fox & Friends," Fox Business host John Stossel was a guest discussing the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." Stoseel stated that the "War on Poverty" only worked for a short time, and what followed was government dependence, primarily for single woman.

Doocy: So, for 50 years they've spent trillions of dollars and now they want to spend more. John Stossel, the host of Stossel on the Fox Business Network. Good morning to you.

Stossel: Right. We want to reduce the difference but this doesn't work. And for five years, it did work. They lifted people out of poverty then progress just stopped.

Hasselbeck: Why?

Stossel: Because they taught people to be dependent. They taught women, 'better not have a man in your house because you'll get more money if there's no guy there.' And so people adjusted their behavior. And now they want more handout -- what didn't work, the handouts -- they want to do more of. And my point is that you're going to get income inequality when people are free. Some people will do much better than others, and that's okay because under that system the poor do better too.

During Johnson's years in the White House, the poverty rate was slashed from 23 percent to 12 percent. The poverty numbers haven't improved much since than, however, rising slightly to 15 percent in 2012. The "War on Poverty" has had its ups and downs, primarily because over the last 44 years since President Johnson left office, 29 of those years the White House was occupied by a Republican president who often didn't put the poor on high priority. Many of those Republican presidents cut social programs for the poor, only increasing poverty in the country, not helping to eliminate it.

Fox News has a history of demonizing women and the poor as the 2014 midterm elections come closer, it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon.