NB: We have published numerous pieces warning readers about the continuing—bipartisan—attack on social security. All articles make clear that the alarm—let alone “the crisis”—that supposedly attaches to the urgent “fixing” of social security is little more than a scam. Meanwhile, the corporate media not only permit this nonsense to sink ever deeper into the nation’s consciousness, but make sure that when politicians pick up the axes to destroy this invaluable program the masses will be suitable paralyzed, divided or confused. Oh, by the way, clarifying the topic is fairly easy to do.—PG
Campaign Desk / Columbia Journalism Review— April 18, 2012 11:55 AM
The press plays a dubious role
FDR signing the Social Security Act, in 1935. Today, it would never happen.
Shortly after the 2010 midterm elections, Washington Post budget correspondent Lori Montgomery reported that, while a debate raged around major budgetary changes and the wisdom of cutting Social Security, a “surprisingly broad consensus is forming around the actions required to stabilize borrowing and ease fears of a European-style debt crisis in the United States.” A consensus among whom, we asked? Ordinary people who like Social Security the way it is, opinion leaders, or the reporters who record what those opinion leaders say?