Reforming Welfare Reform Coverage

Saturday, May 11, 2002

Media images of welfare recipients have changed a lot from the unwed mother welfare queens driving Cadillacs of the 1980s. Since welfare reform passed into law in 1996, those on welfare now are more likely to be shown as the hard-working poor who’ve been able to succeed thanks to the new system. Is either depiction accurate? Philip Martin reports from Boston.
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