Are Disabled Children Ripping You Off--Or Did PrimeTime Live Tell a Big Fib?

Few targets of the "welfare reform" campaign are more vulnerable than disabled children. Yet funds for those children, in the form of the Supplemental Security Income program, were under attack on PrimeTime Live's Oct. 13, 1994 broadcast. "It's a program designed to help disabled children, but parents are helping themselves," ABC's Diane Sawyer announced. "Chief correspondent Chris Wallace discovers all you need is a child willing to tell a big fib." Co-anchor Sam Donaldson echoed her: "Chief correspondent Chris Wallace discovered just how easy it is to get on the receiving end of what some are calling 'crazy checks.'" Wallace […]


Media Miss the Disability Rights Issue

"Courageous Cripples" Instead of Access Activists

Two thousand people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on July 26, 1990, for the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was the largest gathering ever of journalists for a disability story, most of whose reporting ignored the fact pointed out by a lonely Associated Press dispatch a few days earlier: that the White House itself lacks the accessible restrooms mandated by the act. Instead, most of the stories had the "gee whiz" tone common to articles on not readily understood issues: "In a ceremony attended by the deaf and blind, paraplegics and a woman […]