Monday, October 14, 2013


CBS 60 Minutes Attacks Disabled People

As noted at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, CBS 60 Minutes has joined Fox News in bashing the chronically ill and disabled in America. Based on a Far-Right Republican misinformation campaign against Social Security benefits for those unable to work, it is appalling to see the top-rated investigative journalism show on American TV utterly fail to serve its viewers in understanding disability reality.

While the letter from the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities to CBS 60 Minutes helps to correct the distorted perceptions perpetuated on the 6 October 2013 show, it is shameful that a news program with the resources of CBS has to be told that checking the facts with the Social Security Administration -- as opposed to airing unsubstantiated accusations -- before airing a hit piece on the disability programs, would have been the responsible thing to do.


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