Rupert Murdoch‘s Wall Street Journal takes a fascinating look at murder in America, and falsely puts white victims at the top of the charts. Assuming their data are correct (purportedly from the FBI, and sans Florida, because, Florida) the Journal accurately manages to put African American killers at the top of the charts, but gives the Journal’s mostly white readers the feeling they’re the greatest victims.
The stats themselves deserve a closer look, like the fact they present showing that only 4097 felons were justifiably killed by civilians (presumably mostly with guns, who knows) out of a total 111,289 firearm deaths from 2000-2010, for a grand total of 3.7 percent.
(Other interesting facts to derive: men are the killer about nine times as often as women, and the vast, vast, vast majority of killers and victims in America are 18-39. And the fact that these numbers don’t include suicides, which explode the number of gun deaths.)
So, say the number placement is just a “mistake,” and maybe it is, but it’s also straight out of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News playbook. At Fox News, stats are often seemingly interchangeable, and facts “accidentally” become “mistakes,” leading Fox News viewers to be actually less informed than people who watch no news at all.
Back in October, one month before the election, Fox News ran an indefensible headline, suggesting President Obama or his administration cooked the books because the unemployment numbers were extremely encouraging.
But that was nothing.
In 2011, at the height of the Scott Walker’s collective bargaining rights theft from unions, Fox News “accidentally” switched the Gallup poll results to support their own position, claiming that 61% of Americans favor reducing collective bargaining rights of government workers, which was obviously false.
And in May 2011, when President Obama announced Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden, Fox News “accidentally” announced “President Obama is in fact dead.” Which was quickly followed up by the chyron at a local Fox affiliate reporting “Obama bin Laden dead.”
Wikipedia notes “Fox News has been accused in the past of “cropping quotes from President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Vice President Gore so they appear out of context, using image manipulation software to edit the appearance of reporters from The New York Times, and using footage from other events during a report on the November 5 ‘Tea Party’ rally in Washington DC.”
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