April 12, 2011 the New York Times published the article, “Suit Alleges Bias in Disability Denials by Queens Judges.” This article focused on five judges in
January 2011 the West Virginian News published a precursor to the story picked up in the Wall Street Journal on May 19th, "Disability-Claim Judge Has Trouble Saying 'NO'"
This situation is an example of Congress reacting by holding hearings after an expose appears in a newspaper or on a news magazine TV show. There has been some historical examples of reactionary changes occurring after a news organization has highlighted certain areas of the Social Security Administration. In the 1990’s Congress eliminated SS benefits based on drug and alcohol abuse after a “60 Minutes” story on addicts waiting for their SS checks so they could buy illegal drugs. In the early 1980’s after another news organization pointed out that SSA was not performing any continuing disability reviews suddenly the pendulum swung the other way and many recipients had there benefits terminated as a result of many re-exams.