The fact that we're all unemployed and poor is a big fat joke to the reporters who still have jobs, which is why they keep us up to date on how cheap and wonderful garbage food like raccoon and squirrel is. It's amusing, isn't it? Of course eating "varmints" is still done more for the wacky fun of it (or out of noble tradition of course) but the implication—ha ha you may be reduced to eating diseased rodents!—is inescapable.
What's next? Probably hilarious novelty cannibalism.