Channel 25 declares OKC “The Place To Be” if you’re homeless

It’s nothing new for local news to give us a good dose of fearmongering. Usually, it’s weather-related, but when that’s going slow they’ve to dig into social topics. For instance, FOX 25 (a.k.a. a local Sinclair propaganda affiliate) recently produced a biased, unhinged report about homelessness in OKC that’s full of enough spite and conspiracy theories to fuel a thousand heated NextDoor threads.

For example:

Yeah, this one is a doozie. If you like misleading news stories that build a false narrative based on half-truths and anecdotal stories that are hand-selected to scare the rubes, this one is for you!

Via FOX 25:

“Word is spreading”: Is Oklahoma the place to be if you’re homeless?

Oklahoma is working to lower the numbers when it comes to its homeless population, but last year’s count showed an increase.

FOX 25’s investigative team started looking into the population after getting several tips that more and more homeless people are coming in from out of state to live in the city.

“Word is spreading through the grapevine. It’s like networking,” said Jerry Bailey, a homeless man who moved to Oklahoma City from Mobile, Alabama.

Bailey said he moved to the Sooner State to turn his life around for himself and his 16 kids.

First of all, kudos to Channel 25 for finding the homeless dude with 16 kids for this news story. I guess that proves you don’t need a home to get some action.

Second, where did they get these “several tips” about the rising homeless population? Carol Hefner? Janet Barresi? Sinclair Corporate? For some reason, they never tell us.

“They’re (the homeless) migrating here to get a better life and establish something in life for their kids and stuff,” Bailey said.

Bailey said Oklahoma’s services for the homeless and its business development are attracting more people just like him.

“Oklahoma has got businesses. People are talking to people on phones and relaying messages, so now they’re coming here,” Bailey said.

So homeless folks and others are moving to OKC to find work and get a better life. That’s actually pretty cool! Naturally, KOKH then goes to the triggered angry neighbor to spread some unchecked fake news and false information:

“They come here because they’ve been paid to come here. They were promised things when they get here. Then they don’t get it. They’re around here stealing now,” said Sarah Sanchez, an Oklahoma City resident.

Sanchez lives west of downtown. She said the homeless population has only grown over the past 15 years, leaving lasting damage behind.

“We just went through a rough, rough year last year. It was heartbreaking to see my neighborhood destroyed. It is literally destroyed,” Sanchez said.

Tents, grocery carts and trash surround the streets she lives near.

Sanchez isn’t far from the Jesus House, a shelter for the homeless on West Sheridan Avenue, where the homeless goes every day for food.

“If they do MAPS 4 to help the homeless, help them home, please. Not here. Go somewhere else. Not here,” Sanchez said.

Geeze. Oklahoma City must be growing incredibly fast when we find NIMBYs whose backyards are harsh industrial areas. If you’re house isn’t far from a homeless shelter you probably shouldn’t complain about your homeless neighbors.

Anyway, unless you’re the heir of an oil billionaire, odds are good that you’re one appendectomy or car accident away from going broke or being homeless..

All of this is to say, nobody is homeless because they just LOVE IT and want to wreck your ugly pre-fab home community. People become homeless because the flimsy capitalist system we live under makes it to where certain people can hoard money like dragons, a few other people get poker chips frisbee’d their way, and the rest of us are clawing for the leftover crumbs.

Have some kindness for people living on the streets, don’t treat them like they’re garbage cluttering your front yard, and vote for people with progressive policies.

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34 Responses

  1. FOX 25 caters to OKC’s hopeless population.

  2. If we didn’t already have enough to fear from criminal illegal aliens terrorizing America (as described in last night’s SOTU), now we have to worry about the wretched refuse from the teeming shores of California making the “reverse Okie” journey and living almost among us on the margins of Oklahoma society.

    Is the message that we should stock up on more guns to protect ourselves from these latter-day barbarian hordes? Or is it that we should stay tuned to Sinclair media outlets to “keep our families safe”?

    My guess is that the latter strategy is what Sinclair intends. Fear sells almost as well as “If it bleeds it leads programming” on the teevee news.

  3. Where’s Steinbeck when you need him?

    1. “The Gripes Of Wrath.”

    2. Don’t forget Woody Guthrie. !

  4. Dont worry… its not just OKC – here in Seattle we seem to have the same Sinclair manufactured trope – … but hey, you took our basketball team and our elephants, why can’t you take our homeless? (full disclosure… i’m from okc and moved to Seattle post Sonics… so I don’t care…. and the OKC zoo really is a world class facility)

  5. The sad thing is that the places they go to if they want to get a job they won’t be able to find affordable housing so they will remain homeless. There aren’t enough efficiency apartments for everyone.

  6. Hire and or train homeless people with construction skills to build affordable homes in rural Oklahoma where there is a chronic shortage of any type of housing.

  7. Well it’s Sweeps Week probably and they’ve all done the Jesus on Toast and Weeping Jesus on bridge abutments to death. Time for something new. But not too new so expect at some point Jesus is gonna stick His head into this.

  8. I like watching Wendy!

  9. “All of this is to say, nobody is homeless because they just LOVE IT and want to wreck your ugly pre-fab home community. People become homeless because the flimsy capitalist system we live under makes it to where certain people can hoard money like dragons, a few other people get poker chips frisbee’d their way, and the rest of us are clawing for the leftover crumbs.”

    Lucas, instead of pontificating, why don’t you actually get off that couch and get a real job. Join the dark side, my boy. Is this drivel one of the side-effects of not eating enough meat?


      1. and the number of fucks i give is….*drum roll* …. ZERO

        1. Obviously.

  10. Mayor Goofy Holt let’s see you drop the microphone on this.

  11. I think Lucas has an idealized view of homeless people and is probably never around any. The ones I see every day walking to lunch are not motivated people and leave huge messes every where they go.

  12. But it’s not their fault. In fact (I fact checked this FYI), it’s because the flimsy capitalist system we live under makes it to where certain people can hoard money like dragons, a few other people get poker chips frisbee’d their way, and the rest of us are clawing for the leftover crumbs.

    1. I know right! Its also not their fault that they can’t figure out what’s causing them to have 16 kids and yet they want the Government to support them. Its called RAPING the Government.

  13. The homeless are trashy people, generally speaking. I mean absolute trash. I’ve seen the same loser at Mcdonald’s on Sheridan, numerous times, pick up trash out of the trash can and just toss it on the ground. When I see it, I tell him to pick it up, and he always responds with an “f-you”. So, yea, pure trash and been out there for at least three years. What would this man do with even a bit of help? Likely nothing. So there comes a tipping point where you just have to say, sorry, you are not producing ANYTHING for this society and therefore your time is up. I shouldn’t be subjected to mountains of trash, simply because these people are “too proud” to go get a minimum wage job. I assure you, THESE people downtown that are homeless, are NOT working. End it already!

    1. Isn’t it ironic that this person is standing in front of a McDonalds? Someplace that he could actually work instead of wasting time standing outside expecting handouts.
      Then again, I’m not sure I’d want my French fries cooked by him…….

      1. Would working entry-level at McD’s (if they are hiring, and if the applicant doesn’t have a criminal record) pay enough to rent an apartment in OKC? Do Congressman Kevin Hern’s McDs pay more than $7.25 per hour?

        1. So, $7.25 per hour isn’t better than standing on a street corner begging? Not even trying to do better? Don’t think so. Here’s the deal, Graychin. There are GOOD people that have fallen on hard times thru no fault of their own and they need assistance. That’s what its for. However, its not supposed to be a permanent solution. Then there’s the other group of people who have chosen to go down the wrong path thru drugs, criminal behavior, or just plain laziness. I do not want to support those people with my tax money. I’ve chosen to obey the law, work my entire life, and make the right decisions. Not hard to do.

      2. The question I’d ask is, and I don’t know because I’ve never had to go through it, how easy is it to even find a job when you have no residence and, likely, very limited ways to be contacted?

        1. Never said it was easy. I’m quite sure its not.
          But for them to “ride that train” for the rest of their life isn’t the answer. Again, I do not want my tax money supporting them.

          1. Is it hard, or is it impossible when other candidates don’t have those same restrictions? If you’re an employer, do you hire a homeless person that someone like you “wouldn’t want their French Fries cooked by” or do you hire someone who isn’t homeless and does have a working phone?

            Because no matter what you might want, if people can’t get jobs because of those limitations, your tax money will support them. They’ll support them when they get the police called on them for loitering or they break into a building to stay warm in the winter. They’ll support them when cities pay to clean up. They’ll support them when they use emergency services because they’re caught in the cold or get assaulted or assault other people. You can say you don’t want your tax money supporting them, and that’s fine. There are lots of things my tax money is spent on that I don’t want to support. But it is supporting it. You can wail and gnash your teeth about it, but it will support them if those people don’t have a halfway realistic shot of escaping that lifestyle.

            So we can either figure out the best way for our tax dollars to increase that chance of breaking out of the cycle, or we can whine about them because they made the dreaded “bad choices” that people like to pretend are the cause of all failings in the world.

            And I’m not saying many of these people haven’t made bad choices. I’m just saying that I don’t care if they did because endlessly harping on the fact that their bad decisions had that effect on them (whereas on other people, those same choices may not have nearly been as disastrous because they started off in a better place) solves no problems and benefits society in no ways.

            1. you make a lot of assumptions about several different things. homeless, like many other classes of people who hit hard times (our single mom discussion, for example), have resources available to them to get better. again, it all boils down to an individual will of the person.
              have you ever been to that homeless shelter downtown? it’s actually a pretty nice facility with decent food (for what it is).

            2. I don’t think I made a lot of assumptions, I just asked a question (and then stated some pretty obvious facts about the reality that your tax dollars will always go towards homelessness in some fashion, whether you want it to or not). I asked how reasonably likely is it that you could get a job if you’re homeless (or keep it, as should be implied)? Teresa’s entire point was that they’d rather be homeless than have a job as though there’s no added barrier related to homelessness that’s stopping them from working. Is that the case? Is it just so easy to get, and keep, a job as she would imply when you have no shower, laundry machine, home address, and maybe no reliable transportation or phone (depends on the circumstances, of course)? If it is, then great, it’s all their fault. If it’s not as easy as saying “I don’t want to be homeless anymore so I’ll just stop,” is there something we’ve done to make it harder to break out of that cycle? If so, do those added barriers actually make sense, or are those things that just existed because we’d rather pretend the problem doesn’t exist?

              What it ultimately comes down to is whether we see it as a problem or as a punishment. If you’re the type that sees it as a punishment, then sure, we can just chalk it up to “these are all horrible people who did horrible things and deserve that fate.” If we see it as a problem, then we really can’t pretend that what we’re doing is working if the problem keeps getting worse, can we?

              I’m glad the homeless shelter is decent and has decent food. I’m glad there are drug shelters and jobs program. But no matter how nice it is, a homeless shelter doesn’t stop people from being homeless, it doesn’t given them a permanent address or transportation or affordable housing, it gives them emergency support. That’s awesome that they have that support, but it’s that’s like pointing to a leaky dam and saying “it’s ok, we’ll just buy more buckets.” I’m not saying that there aren’t some resources out there (probably less than you think and more than I think), I’m just saying they aren’t the answer since they’re not actually decreasing homelessness.

              Interestingly, there is a solution that seems to work better, and it’s all in the name of the problem. George W. Bush’s administration gave homeless people homes, and homelessness declined throughout his presidency even with the great recession ( It makes sense. If you have a home, you’re not homeless.
              And I know people would freak out about their tax dollars going to give people homes when everyone works so hard to have theirs, but cities that do this find that they save money via decreased spending on public resources, and greater adherence to treatment programs ( Across the board, this strategy seems to work better than what else we’ve been spending money on, and I’m all for doing what works and not throwing money at things that don’t. It’s not like we don’t have land that we could acquire as city/state to do this. Hell, you could start off imminent domaining what used to be Crossroads Mall and building homes or apartments there.

              Would it solve it completely? Of course not. There will always be homeless people. There will always be people that make bad choices or people who just intentionally choose not to try. But if there are strategies that work better than what we are doing and we refuse to do them because we refuse to view it as a problem, then perhaps we deserve the problems that it brings to society.

    2. I don’t understand what you mean by “your time is up”.

      1. It means that welfare assistance, housing, etc, are supposed to be a temporary solution for those who actually can get a job and work at some point. There’s a cut-off point and that’s the way it should be.

    3. This is a 100% legit, snark free question…what is the answer for this person and others like them? In polite company we will use the phrase “mentally ill”, yet we focus on “mentally” more than “Ill”. I’m no bleeding heart SJW; rather, I’m an old man who has been burned (literally) many times in my attempt to help those who are homeless or barely getting by. What do we do with those who are “just flat nuts”?

  14. That’s pretty funny. I live in California and we’re told all these homeless people are from out of state.

    1. It’s an easy way for politicians and pundits to avoid having to come up with any logical explanations or solutions to the problem. If you can just blame someone else, you get to wash your hands and pretend that you run things much, much better than you actually do.

  15. Brick Tamlin is mentally challenged Republican in the movie Anchor Man (2004) so the “your time is up” comment is reliably on-brand.

  16. Resettle them down on the Oklahoma river and let them ride the ferris wheel all day.

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