Content note; near the end there is mentions of suicide attempts.
I was asked this earlier...
"this crap is constantly on ALL the channels, wtf is going on??"
The public have been enticed into believing that 'scroungers' are news. They've got the public interested in the last few years by giving immense amounts of attention to any benefit fraud case they come across. When it's in front of you, everywhere, saying how 'this person defrauded the state [ergo you, the taxpayer]', with very loaded language, it's made to feel personal to the reader. The language used is intended to make it personal, that YOUR money is being handed to people committing fraud.
They will launch on any person in order to present this view, and it's increased drastically since the Tories got in. They've never overstepped the bounds but rather gone along with Tory policy, which has helped the party and the media too. The people read the papers, they see constant stories about benefit cheats, and thus the Tories get away with a far reaching policy. It's propaganda. It can't be called anything else.
Because of the sheer quantities of stories being shared by right-wing papers and media outlets, the very people who want the state reduced, it's a-okay. The Tories want the same thing, so why would there be criticism?
Large media outlets then do all they can to reflect the feeling of the people, in order to get ratings and thus get decent ad revenue. If you have an audience brainwashed into thinking everyone's a scrounger and they should be angry, why wouldn't you make a show about it? It's sensationalist, it shows off an underclass, it's like an exhibition at a zoo but looking at people sapping up YOUR taxes.
It's sensationalism, it's government, it's what they can get away with and what will grab an audience. And what grabs audiences is us, the underclass, the people who rely on support. That's how it's put across, that we're all like that.
The sheer quantities of it do nothing but help to show that. Let's face it, a bipolar paraplegic requiring 24/7 care, having to be picked up off the loo, needing help to pull their pants up, to need coaxing out of a bathroom when they have a razor blade to their neck... That doesn't fit the sensationalist rhetoric, or the policy the government is trying to sell.