The following files cannot be placed within a specific year in the 2000s or are not worth a separate post.
National GOP donors like the Koch brothers begin funneling money into the local elections of Midwest states.
Corporate media begins the narrative of “red and blue states,” oversimplifying the country’s political leanings in a way that covers up the gerrymandering and other corruption that influences how a state votes.
Rupert Murdoch now owns over 800 companies in more than 50 countries.
As local media dies off and little exposure of local and state corruption is left, FOX News starts pandering to Midwesterners. FOX calls them the only “real Americans,” and blames their financial struggles on Democrats, Muslims, immigrants, and other minorities while state Republicans (and some Democrats) in power profit.
Gentrification creeps in to big cities: building new properties, creating new jobs to bring in people with advanced education, and raising rent prices to bring in (mostly white) upper middle class people and push out low income families. In other cities, major art displays in low-income neighborhoods are paid for by the government to distract from the poverty and decay. Aesthetics are more important than people.
Poverty in the suburbs surges 67%.