CPRC in the Daily Caller: The Mainstream Media are the real purveyors of Fake News

Dec 15, 2016 | Featured

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Dr. Lott has a new piece at the Daily Caller that start this way:

Democrats and their media allies are trying everything they can to delegitimize Trump’s election. It started with a series of hopeless recounts, and now they claim that Russia hacked Democrat emails. . . .

Google news searches have been found to favor Democrats and left-leaning sites such as Media Matters” over sources such as Fox News and the Daily Caller.

The liberal mainstream media might really believe itself to be the guardian of truth, but they may in fact be the principal purveyors of fake” news. Just take some stories from the last week or so.

— A Washington Post headline asked: Why does Trump keep saying that the murder rate is the highest in 45 years?” But Trump’s statement was: “On crime, the murder rate has experienced its  largest increase in 45 years” (emphasis added). But the Post’s Philip Bump claims that this increase is “only the largest since 1990.” However, Bump apparently made some simple math errors. He has not responded to emails or fixed his article.

— Another Washington Post by Christopher Ingraham had another headline from 2015: Heroin deaths surpass gun homicides for the first time, CDC data shows.” But homicides are not the same as murders, since they include justifiable” homicides by police and civilians. In fact, heroin overdoses already exceeded firearm murders by 2,262 deaths in 2014, and by 3,373 in 2015. I have pointed out this problem to Ingraham, but he still consistently uses firearm homicides in his articles. He simply wants to make the harm from guns look greater. . . .

The rest of the piece is available here.




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