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The Mea Culpa Media And Its Chum-Buddy ‘Study’ Partners

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 — In this day and age it’s very unlikely that newspapers or TV news outlet admit mistakes in covering important stories. Just ask CNN. Or Donald Trump. But because of one eagle-eyed reader to a Dallas newspaper, its editor – as chronicled above – basically said, “We blew it.” The paper, the editor courageously said, picked up a “study” – here we go again – that positively,  absolutely, and without a doubt reported that one kid out of 24 saw somebody get shot last year. The “kid,” it turns out, included teens up to age 17. Later, another “study” advanced the age by one year, to age 18. Not exactly ‘children.’

But the bigger question about the so-called ‘statistics’ of the studies – one by a New Hampshire college professor and two colleagues, the other by the CDC and UT-Austin, centers on two words, ‘shooting’ and ‘violence.’ Neither words are mutually exclusive. ‘Violence,’ in the all-encompassing frame of anything deprecatingly universal, is considerably different in the colloquial anti-gun mind than ‘shooting,” which is more self-explanatory and/or shocking in media usage. So, to make the point of targeting minds, the NH study, titled “Prevalence of Childhood Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse,” extrapolated the word ‘violence’ and substituted the word ‘shooting’ to read, “Prevalence of Childhood Exposure to Shooting, Crime and Abuse.”

The story, initially published in The Washington Post, ran without further editorial research, reporting that one kid out of 24 witnessed a “shooting” last year. Unbelievable. But, as is the establishment media’s habit, the Post story was picked up by other newspapers and media outlets nationally, including the Dallas Morning News – the only one we’ve heard of that actually walked back the story and admitted to running it without further research – thereby creating the notion that children in America are growing up in a culture of extreme gun violence.

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