Growing up in Philadelphia, I remember my father always stopping at the corner store for a copy of the Philadelphia Tribune, our black newspaper. It was my go-to source for school papers and other projects. You could always find it on the coffee table of our home and at the homes of many of our neighbors.
Even if you’re not a political junkie, you’re probably aware of the all-out partisan fight for control of the U.S. Senate and House and statehouses across the nation. But you may not know about another hard-fought election contest that’s likely to be decided on Nov. 4.
I have been very public about caregiving for my parents over the past several years, but I know that the majority of the 42 million family caregivers in the U.S. aren't as vocal as I have been about the challenges we face. Thanks to a recent special report in the Washington Post, this "quiet force caring for an aging America," as it is described, is getting national media attention. Perhaps our voices will not be so quiet as more Americans become aware of the "caregiving cliff" we are headed toward.
Before he was the voice of his generation and "the most trusted man in America," Walter Cronkite was a 20-something war correspondent writing letters home to his new wife.
They were our heroes. Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president. The New York Times published "The Pentagon Papers" in the face of government resistance to revealing damaging truths. "Uncle" Walter Cronkite spoke for many Americans when he concluded that the Vietnam War was not winnable. Many in our generation saw the news media as a positive force in society, driving out secrecy and corruption with the "disinfecting" light of information.
As Election Day draws near and political rhetoric grows heated, AARP's support for the Affordable Care Act, known to some as "Obamacare," is once again the subject of scrutiny by some in Congress and the media. Despite what the critics may say, the simple truth of the matter is that AARP makes policy decisions based on what we believe to be in the best interests of Americans over age 50.
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."
I spent most of yesterday doing media interviews about a new report AARP released called, "Valuing the Invaluable" - which did just that...it put a dollar value on me. I know my parents feel I'm invaluable - but I didn't realize anyone else did!
Coming from anyone these comments would be over the line. But what makes them more offensive is Senator Simpson's position: co-chair of President Obama's Fiscal Commission, which is currently considering changes to Social Security as a solution to reduce the deficit. How can a commission led by Sen. Simpson fairly make recommendations on the future of important programs like Social Security?
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