Towards the end of the video you posted [re-embedded above], Alexandra Pelosi bemoans the demise of journalism. But she and Mr. Maher are only accelerating that demise, by abdicating their own responsibility to engage serious questions thoughtfully. And in their quest to offend both right-wing and left-wing bloggers, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Maher ignore the ways in which they contribute not merely to the degeneration of civil discourse in this country but also to a system of privilege that denies the basic human dignity of the poor.
I'm so sorry that Pelosi felt a need to "balance" the Mississippi expose with the NY welfare office piece, not because I'm Black, but because it was a stupid comparison.
What would've been more real was to go to Little Italy or South Boston for a take on Obama – since both have white working-class areas with Democrats who may/do vote Republican (even Maher said she didn't go to a welfare office in MS). That would have gotten to the point of the original piece: to ask why white working-class people vote against their economic interests.
Clearly the people in the welfare piece were not voting against their interests, especially if they're trying to get their "Obama bucks." So all it did was help "prove" her critics argument that she did the Mississippi piece just to show stereotypical rednecks – not people who are clearly disconnected from reality on how the government they rail against is helping them, let alone thinking Obama is a Muslim, etc. The New Yorkers clearly knew they were being helped and by whom – so where's the parity on the original question?
Or if she truly wanted to up the ante from last week, then find some educated Black Republicans and let them talk about voting against their "racial" interest, etc. Either way she undermined the gravity and substance of her original Mississippi piece, which merely reflected the sad stats that Bill repeated.
What question is the second video answering, exactly? Is it supposed to be a representative sampling of people's motivations for remaining on welfare in NY? Or of New Yorkers views about social welfare programs? Or black New Yorkers views of these things? As a New Yorker, I don't see any such question being raised. The video seems simply designed to reinforce the prejudice that impoverished black people are lazy freeloaders. That's offensive, which I'd be happy to tolerate if there were some interesting truth or fact we're being forced to confront or acknowledge. Is there a truth that is the source of the offense here? It seems to me not. There is nothing informative about the video, and a lot that's potentially misleading – that's what's offensive.