CBS did present the argument against raising the age in the form of quotes from Teresa Ghilarducci, an economist at The New School in New York. She explained that raising the retirement age was a bad idea, since it is a benefit cut for the people who need them most. “We’re forgetting that many of the reasons people live longer is that they’re able to retire earlier?” she said. Was this an argument for taking your benefits early? Geez! I though most of today’s longevity gains had to do with medical advances. Some more connective tissue might have helped put this statement in some sort of context.

CBS’s sketchy summary of raising the retirement age leaves a trail of questions. But at least the network attempted to address this crucial matter. Perhaps in future broadcasts the network can begin to answer them.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.