Given that the end of 2021 is right around the corner, CBS decided to do something a little different on Sunday as they hosted a panel entirely made up of news division correspondents. The panel, which is held at least once a year, reviews some of the biggest stories to happen over the year and makes some predictions going into the future.
With President Joe Biden in the White House, COVID-19 still an issue, and Americans questioning the direction the country is headed, one correspondent couldn’t help but bypass the small talk and admit the truth.
In the video below, host and moderator Margaret Brennan was speaking with the panel when she directed a question to CBS News chief legal correspondent, Jan Crawford. “Well, I want to get to underreported stories as well. Jan?” And while it was definitely a shock, Brennan had no idea about the truth Crawford was about to expose pertaining to the children of America and the constant hysteria surrounding COVID-19.
“They will be paying for our generation’s decisions the rest of their lives”: @JanCBS  explains why she thinks 2021's biggest underreported story was the devastating impact of COVID policies on children pic.twitter.com/AUU1f6AFNi 
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Taking a moment to gain her composure, Crawford stated the following:
“For me…my kids hear me rant about this every day, so I might as well tell you guys.
“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 dying in a car wreck on a road trip.
“But they have suffered and sacrificed the most, especially kids in underrepresented and at-risk communities. And now we have the surgeon general saying there’s a mental health crisis among our kids.
“The risk of suicide attempts among girls now up 51% this year. Black kids nearly twice as likely as white kids to die by suicide.
“School closures, lockdowns, cancelation of sports. You couldn’t even go on a playground in the D.C. area without cops scurrying, shooing the kids off.
“Tremendous negative impact on kids, and it’s been an afterthought. 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.”
It should be noted that while Crawford wasn’t afraid to speak the truth, only the host Brennan would acknowledge her words.