NBC's In Plain Sight, ABC's Hidden America: by using the same metaphor for their special reporting on poverty (NBC here, here, here, and here; ABC here, here, and here), both networks implicitly publicize their own failure to focus the proper spotlight on the poverty beat. ABC's latest Hidden America entry was assigned to Josh Elliott, who profiled 13-year-old Chris Miller as his network's Person of the Week, a personification of the 1.4m teenagers and children nationwide who have the role of caregiver for a disabled adult family member in their household.
Elliott really did present Chris as a symbolic representative, an abstraction: he did not even tell us where the teenager lives, or the full name of grandmother Dixie, whom he tends to.
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