How The Media Distorts The Truth
Washington Post, where democracy dies, possibly posted the most obvious example of media distortion we’ve ever seen:
Trump keeps claiming that the most dangerous cities in America are all run by Democrats. They aren’t.
With the economy hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic and protesters in the streets targeting America’s systemic racism, President Trump has been forced to revise his reelection strategy. What was once going to be a triumphal declaration of his effectiveness at keeping the economy afloat has been reworked as a reiteration of his 2016 run: a focus on making America great and, more specifically, on law and order.
Over and over, Trump has shared that terse phrase with his tens of millions of Twitter followers, including on Wednesday and Thursday. And over and over, he has tried to imply that Democrats broadly and former vice president Joe Biden specifically are soft on crime. That his likely general election opponent and other leaders in the Democratic Party are happy to have social structures collapse into anarchy for some unclear reason.
To make that case, Trump has repeatedly lifted up a statistical factoid, as he did during an event at the White House on Wednesday.
“You hear about certain places like Chicago and you hear about what’s going on in Detroit and other — other cities, all Democrat run,” he said. “Every one of them is Democrat run. Twenty out of 20. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous are Democrat run.”
It’s not clear how Trump is defining “most dangerous” in this context. So let’s look at two related sets of data compiled by the FBI: most violent crime and most violent crime per capita.
The most recent data to that effect is from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report covering the first half of 2019. The cities with the most violent crimes are many of the most populous cities in the country, as you might expect. Those with the highest rates of violent crime are from a range of different states.
Most of the current mayors of these cities are Democrats. Two of the mayors of cities with the most reported violent crimes overall, though, are independents and one, the mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., is a Republican. Among the 20 cities with the most violent crime per capita, one isn’t a Democrat: the independent mayor of Springfield, Mo.
This is their stats, proving that “Trump is lying”:
Trump claimed democrat run cities are crime ridden. These stats prove they are. All but 3 cities are run by democrats. Yet Trump is the liar.
Does anyone actually believe this stuff?
Also, as usual, the journo failed to actually investigate anything. We have to do their job for them since they suck at it:
- The mayor of San Antonio is Ron Nirenberg. “Although Nirenberg identifies as an independent and ran for office as a nonpartisan politician (in Texas, all municipal elections are officially nonpartisan), he was considered to have run on a more progressive platform” . He also removed a Chik-Fil-A for donating to a group that is not pro same-sex marriage. He is a democrat disguised as an independent.
- Las Vegas is run by a true independent but the majority of the city is progressive. Additionally, it’s been run by democrats or de-facto democrats (one independent that heavily leaned dem before the current mayor) since 1975 .
So, every city with the most violent crime in the US is democrat besides 1 republican city. Even in that one Republican city, it’s changed hands (dem to repub and back) numerous times in the past few decades. It is far from the republican stronghold that these democrat cities are.
But Trump “lied”.
This is how all conservatives “lie” according to the leftists. They just distort reality to match their preconceived beliefs.
Trump must lie, they say, so we must distort the data to make it look like he is lying. Completely oblivious to the fact that they are lying through their teeth in the process.
How does anyone trust a single word these idiots say?
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