May 01 1999

Social Security Coverage: By the Numbers

To see who informs major network news discussions of Social Security reform, FAIR searched the Lexis/Nexis database for ABC, NBC and CBS evening news stories on the subject between January 1, 1998 and February 1, 1999. We identified all sources who appeared and spoke on screen, and classified them by whom they represented and what positions they took on privatization of Social Security. The results reveal strong representation by the usual players in the debate–government officials and advocates of stock-market investment–while senior-citizen groups and those with misgivings about privatization were virtually invisible. No representative of organized labor appeared over the […]