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Journalism: I don’t think that word means what you think it means

Journalism: I don’t think that word means what you think it means

“27 police officers injured during largely peaceful” protests. Or something. Several examples of creative reporting, including the MSNBC reporting saying protests are not unruly as a building burns behind him. Words used to have common meanings but apparently not any more. This post is not about the protests about the reporting.

MISLEADING: “The economist who’s warning of a 40% drop in the stock market this year just took credit for predicting the riots

MISLEADING: “The economist who’s warning of a 40% drop in the stock market this year just took credit for predicting the riots

The economist they cite predicted riots AFTER the November 2020 election, due to allegations of a rigged election or foreign interference. This prediction has nothing to do with the riots occurring in May of 2020. But it makes for an inflammatory headline, good for click-bait ad revenue.

“Fact-checking viral photos, claims”

“Fact-checking viral photos, claims”

As with past events, you cannot trust what you see on social media, when people wishing to make points or instigate further violence begin spreading photos that are from other events occurring months or years earlier. Always, always, always be skeptical of what you see on social media. Always think through whether each point is verified or verifiable – question what you are looking out, even if you want to believe it to be true.

Study used cherry picked data to prove a false conclusion

Study used cherry picked data to prove a false conclusion

A fake study cherry picks the start date of the pandemic to make a false claim that billionaires became far richer due to the pandemic. The actual purpose of the “study” is propaganda messaging using the methods of cherry picking, appeal to authority, and emotion. The errors made are large enough to be treated as lies, as well.

Politics: The enduring Scandinavian socialism fantasy

Politics: The enduring Scandinavian socialism fantasy

Some politicians and popular memes assert that Scandinavian socialism is a model for the world. Except the Scandinavian governments themselves note they are not socialist countries. They are free market economies with high taxes supporting a large social safety net; they are not socialist countries. If the U.S. had the same tax structure as Denmark, then you would pay an income tax of 55.9% above $65,000/year in income.

Journalism: “Fears of economic recession could derail the holiday shopping season – MarketWatch” – Social Panic

Journalism: “Fears of economic recession could derail the holiday shopping season – MarketWatch” – Social Panic

A month ago, the media gave us scary stories that “Fears of an economic recession could derail the holiday shopping season”. Actual sales rose by +3.4% year over year, even with a shopping season that was six days shorter than the prior year. Unfortunately, mindless speculative “news” is used to fill up air time and web page time with something new.