CBS News couldn’t take the heat when a journalist remarked, right ON AIR, about the adverse impact ongoing pandemic measures, like lockdowns, school closures and masking mandates, are having on our youngsters today and how little the media seems interested in covering it.
So, what did they do?
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They decided to just “go with the flow” and scrubbed the woman’s verboten remarks from airing.
“The Media Research Center’s Newsbusters website caught the glaring omission on Sunday, when longtime CBS reporter and the network’s chief legal correspondent, Jan Crawford, brought up concerns about children’s mental health amid the pandemic during a segment on “Face the Nation,” Western Journal reported.
Too bad that the clip has went viral already!
In the now-viral clip, host Margaret Brennan asked Crawford, who was taking part in the show’s year-end reporter roundtable, her pick for the most underreported story of the year.
The reporter and mother promptly replied that “my kids hear me rant about this every day, so I might as well tell you guys.” She announced her pick would undoubtedly be “the crushing impact that our COVID policies have had on young kids and children.”
— Jan Crawford (@JanCBS) December 26, 2021
Noting that children are “by far the least serious risk for serious illness,” she explained that “even teenagers, you know, a healthy teenager has a one in a million chance of getting and dying from COVID, which is way lower than, you know, dying in a car wreck on a road trip.”
“But they have suffered and sacrificed the most, especially kids and underrepresented at-risk communities,” she said.
She noted that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently drew attention to a concerning youth mental health crisis as suicide climbs and children, particularly from at-risk communities, are suffering.
“The risk of suicide, girl, suicide attempts among girls now up 51 % this year, black kids nearly twice as likely as white kids to die by suicide. I mean, school closures, lockdowns, cancellation of sports. You couldn’t even go on a playground in the D.C. area without cops scurrying — getting — shooing the kids off,” she explained.
“Tremendous negative impact on kids, and it’s been an afterthought. You know, it’s hurt their dreams, their future learning, loss, risk of abuse, their mental health. And now, with our knowledge, our vaccines. If our policies don’t reflect a more measured and reasonable approach for our children, they will be paying for our generation’s decisions, the rest of their lives. And that, to me, is the greatest underreported story of the past year.”
Not sure how many have picked this up yet, but the dirty little secret on the Jan Crawford clip from CBS's Face the Nation yesterday — it DIDN'T even air during the show.
FTN has done a segment for at least a year or two about undercovered stories, but didn't make the air.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 27, 2021