December 10, 2010

More Bias on Display

Justin Katz

We're well past the point at which it became fruitless to care, but it's fascinating to watch a mainstream media "fact check" feature contort itself to justify the bias that we all know to exist in the halls of Big Journalism. One can almost see the erased editorial marks reading, "this organization couldn't possibly say anything 'false'," in a recent PolitiFact concerning Steven Brown of the ACLU."

The statement being addressed is that "over half of the foreign-born population in Rhode Island is white," and the findings were as follows:

Brown directed us to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 2006-2008, which includes three-year estimates of foreign-born populations in the United States. Specifically, he said he was citing the figures showing that 45.2 percent of foreign-born Rhode Islanders are white.

That's not more than half. ...

Drawing from data in the 2006-2008 survey, the census said that 32 percent of foreign-born people, about one third, are white alone, not Hispanic or Latino. ...

A one-year report from 2009 showed that 30 percent of Rhode Island respondents identified themselves as "white alone, not Hispanic or Latino."

So, judged by the statistic that Brown incorrectly thought he should be using, his statement was only false by a little; judged by the appropriate statistic, Brown's statement was false by a lot. On what grounds did PolitiFact give him a "half true"? The bias, here, needn't have been as overt as a decision to figure out how to preserve the ACLU's shine, but belief in that shine helped Mr. Brown escape the public acknowledgment that something that he said was so misleading as to be false.

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If you thought that was bad, you're gonna' love Sheldon Whitehouse and 18 other senators "voted to censor the internet."

Posted by: G-Man at December 10, 2010 10:50 AM

I knew the fact check was messed up when they said The Don saved the state a billion dollars. They must not figure in the Shilling deal! Lol

Posted by: Swazool at December 10, 2010 11:02 AM

How much money has the state lost in the Schilling deal? Not "potentially", not what you think could happen, but how much has been lost?

Posted by: Patrick at December 10, 2010 2:50 PM

Steven Brown should seek employment as an organ donor.

Posted by: joe bernstein at December 11, 2010 6:54 PM

Steven Brown should seek employment as an organ donor.
Posted by joe bernstein

Mr Bernstein
I received my Corneal transplant, from a 19 year old Hispanic girl, Every time a young Hispanic guy walks by, my eyes are involuntarily, drawn to him

Does that make me ghey ??

Justin Katz, would know Rhode Island's foremost expert..on everything ghey

Thanks again..for letting me comment here

Happy Holidays...Sammy

Posted by: Sammy at December 12, 2010 12:20 AM

sammy-your supercilious "good wishes" and "happy holidays"are just what they sound like-a bunch of crap.

Posted by: joe bernstein at December 12, 2010 8:29 PM

One wonders which half of the statement was true.

Good work, Justin.

Posted by: Bryan White at March 15, 2011 12:28 PM
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