Media Matters Attacks NPR for Exposing Entitlement Abuse
by Wynton Hall
Media Matters is scrambling to discredit a much-discussed report on America’s disability program by journalist Chana Joffe-Walt that was featured on Chicago’s Public Radio This American Life and National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered.
Media Matters researcher Hannah Groch-Begley attacked NPR by breathlessly warning that a “misleading NPR report has become fodder for a right-wing media campaign to scapegoat federal disability benefits, despite the fact that the rise in disability claims can be attributed to the economic recession and demographic shifts.”
Joffe-Walt’s six-month investigation into America’s disability program found a record-high 14 million Americans receiving disability checks in a system rife with fraud and dependency-inducing abuse that costs taxpayers $260 billion a year—more than food stamps and welfare combined.
I completely favor blue-on-blue wrangling like this! So, MMfA’s standard for what should be reported is perceived partisan advantage rather that what is true? Well, here’s another partisanly unpleasant truth: the $260B wasted by fraud in just this one program (or set of programs) is triple the paltry $85B the Eeeee-vile Sequester supposedly saved!