Simpson’s Social Security Panic Ignores Reality

This week former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) took to the airwaves of Fox News and Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart” to again deride AARP and attempt to instill panic about a solution to Social Security’s long term needs.  His comments willfully ignore what our members, volunteers, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have been involved in across the nation since March: a conversation on the future of Social Security and Medicare called “You’ve Earned a Say.” The reason Simpson gave …

Social Security Lessons for Media from AARP Members

This week the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) scolded the media for their coverage of Social Security in a piece called How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate.  Trudy Lieberman writes “For nearly three years CJR has observed that much of the press has reported only one side of this story using ‘facts’ that are misleading or flat-out wrong while ignoring others.” The piece helps underscore a key reason AARP has launched You’ve Earned a Say: to raise the …