WATCH: CBS Journo Blasts ‘Crushing Impact’ Of COVID Policies On Children

Written by K. Walker on December 27, 2021

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CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford said that despite being at low risk from serious complications or death from the coronavirus, children have “suffered and sacrificed the most” throughout the pandemic.

She also said that if we don’t adjust our policies, “they will be paying for our generation’s decisions, the rest of their lives.”

She’s not wrong.

Crawford made the statements on an end-of-year review segment on CBS’s “Face The Nation” when discussing some of the big underreported stories of the year.

Host Margaret Brennan asked, “Well, I want to get to underreported stories as well. Jan?”

CRAWFORD: Oh, for me — I mean, my kids hear me rant about this every day, so I might as well tell you guys it’s — it’s the crushing impact that our COVID policies have had on young kids and children. By far the least serious risk for serious illness. But I mean, 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 in underrepresented at risk communities. And now we have the Surgeon General saying there’s a mental health crisis among our kids. The risk of suicide — 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. A 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, uh, the rest of their lives. And that, to me, is the greatest underreported story of the past year.

In early December, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a public health advisory on the crisis of youth mental health. A recent NBC report highlights social media use, but it’s pretty clear that the pandemic response — which has pushed socialization further online — has contributed to the problem by removing the normal non-screen outlets that kids had for socialization.

To be fair to Crawford, a quick scroll through her tweets shows that she was pretty consistent in lamenting the impact of COVID policies on children and teens.

Early in the pandemic, she was clearly concerned with the cancellation and sidelining of sports, but as things dragged on, the learning loss, lack of socialization, and

Still, Crawford is still one of the media elites in that liberal bubble that can’t seem to grasp that the vaccinated also contract and spread the ‘Rona. A couple of weeks ago, she tweeted that Cornell’s decision to shut down the Ithica, NY campus a few days early because of the spread of the Omicron variant among the fully-vaccinated student population was about kids “paying a heavy price to keep the unvaccinated ‘safe.'”

Still, it’s nice that a CBS reporter is actually acknowledging the elephant in the room.

But, some noted that she should’ve been a louder voice…

…or that some people were sounding the alarm a long time ago, but were vilified for it.

Never forget that the teachers’ unions colluded with the government to keep schools closed and now they’re gaslighting about what needs to happen to keep kids “safe.”

It would be nice if Jan Crawford would hold some of these lockdown advocates accountable for the tremendous harm they’ve done to children, but it’s probably not a good idea to hold your breath waiting for that to happen. After all, that’s her professional and social circle.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker