When I was the senior broadcast producer at 20/20, long before the #Metoo movement, correspondent John Ferrugia then the lead investigative reporter at Denver’s KMGH-TV uncovered sexual assaults of female cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. With additional reporting, John brought the local story to 20/20 to reach a larger national audience. The outcry from the story initiated Congressional hearings and a leadership change at the Academy. Also there are now sex assault officers/teams on most U.S. military bases around the world as well as at all the service academies.
Since airing their story, there is more we know about Alzheimer's and early-onset Alzheimer's, but not nearly enough. There is still no treatment or cure. For the Noonans, the disease has taken its terrible, inevitable toll. They have lost five family members now.
When we frame politics as a game we all lose. We lose our humanity, our compassion, and empathy. Human beings, people with names and faces, are on the other end of these so called “contests.”