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Debunking The Washington Post’s Latest Outrageous Attacks On Social Security
April 18, 2017
A just-released report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) reveals that, once again, the “serious people” in Washington are weaponizing shoddy, inaccurate data to stoke false claims about Social Security. The CAP report exposes The Washington Post’s misuse of data to inflate the numbers of working-age Americans receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits.
The Post sensationally – and inaccurately – claimed, in a recent front-page story entitled, “Disabled, or just desperate?”, that as many as one in three working-age Americans living in the nation’s rural communities are turning to disability benefits as a form of unemployment insurance. As CAP’s close analysis of the underlying data uncovered, the Post’s outrageous claim overcounts, by literally millions, the numbers of working-age adults receiving disability benefits. The end result is an inaccurate, over-the-top depiction of a supposed disability crisis in rural America that gives opponents of Social Security the justification and arguments they have been looking for to advocate cuts to Social Security.