By Kevin Mooney
On the surface, it is very easy for readers to sympathize with
financially stressed families that may be evicted from their homes. But
emotional appeals should not serve as a substitute for reporting on the
economic consequences of government intervention that will cost
prospective homeowners over the long-term.
News reports that personalize the misfortunes of individuals who have
been identified as potential new constituents for the political class
make for highly effective yarns. Here the New York Times takes
up the case of Nicholle Bradbury, a resident of Denmark, Maine,
who cannot keep up her mortgage payments and faces a potential
eviction. On the surface, there is good cause for sympathy.
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