Disability Rights Advocates Accuse Washington Post Of Perpetuating ‘Myths’ About Benefits

April 24, 2017
The Huffington Post

Disability rights advocates and a leading Democratic think tank are livid at The Washington Post over a March 30 front-page story on the prevalence of disability benefits in rural America.

The newspaper claimed that “as many as one-third of working-age adults” in rural communities receive disability benefits. But as the Center for American Progress calculated ― and The Huffington Post confirmed by looking at the raw data ― that proportion holds true in only one county in the entire...

Debunking The Washington Post’s Latest Outrageous Attacks On Social Security

April 18, 2017
The Huffington Post

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...

Trump's budget director revives a fact-free conservative attack on disability recipients

April 17, 2017
Los Angeles Times

Appearing Sunday on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, engaged in a drive-by shooting of some the nation’s neediest and most defenseless people: the disabled.

Mulvaney’s attack shared its essential qualities with most previous Republican attacks on disabled Americans, in that it was arrogant, ignorant and abetted by the news media — in this case, moderator John Dickerson, who let Mulvaney’s words pass without comment. Both should be...

White House budget director’s claim that Social Security disability is ‘very wasteful’

April 17, 2017
The Washington Post

Host John Dickerson: “Entitlements, that’s where the big money is. The president has said he didn’t want to touch Medicare, but he seems to be revising his thinking on that.”

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney: “Well, I think the promise was he wasn’t going to affect anybody and we haven’t with this budget. Keep in mind what this budget is. This is just the discretionary spending part of the budget, which was a necessary first step.”