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“60 Minutes” shameful attack on the disabled

In a follow- up to a 60 Minutes report on disability benefits recipients who are allegedly “gaming the system,” LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik takes the major broadcast organization to task for what he calls “ghastly” reporting. Hiltzik writes:

“Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?”

Hiltzik claims the 60 Minutes piece relies too heavily on U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s word, especially since Coburn has been documented as “hostile” to the Social Security system. Hiltzik also claims the numbers are exaggerated and not given the right context. Read more.