A few months ago, the far-Left website Media Matters for America (MMA) — whose primary mission seems to be the constant roast and ridicule of Fox News — thought they had found a heavy hammer with which they could bash the cable news network. Turns out it was a dopey deal for MMA’s “credibility.”
In a typically snarky piece entitled, “Fox Pretends Coloradans Can Buy Pot With Food Stamps,” Media Matters went to work:
Fox News seized on Colorado’s legalization of recreational use and sale of marijuana to stoke fears — while offering no evidence — that low-income Americans could use food stamps to buy marijuana. In fact, food stamp recipients are barred from purchasing non-food items, cannot withdraw food stamps as cash, and fraud in the program is extremely rare.
Condemning Fox News because, according to MMA, it has “routinely and shamelessly attempted to smear and mock low-income Americans,” the site contended that Fox was not just wrong in saying welfare recipients could buy pot with their government handouts, but willfully and maliciously wrong.
Well, guess what? Media Matters got it wrong. Fox News got it right. On the touchy subject of how EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) debit cards can be used, The Washington Times reports:
Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday.
The Alabama Republican announced that he was drafting legislation to close the welfare-for-weed loophole after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to him that marijuana shops were not off limits to EBT cards, which replaced food stamps, or other federal benefits.
So, according to Senator Sessions, the Obama administration is okay with welfare recipients using tax dollars to buy pot.
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Denver TV station KIRO aired a report on the use of taxpayer-funded EBT cards for the purchase of pot in Colorado (see link above) and the effort to change the rules.
So, will Media Matters offer an apology to Fox News?