This post is by Jeff Carter from Points and Figures
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Yesterday, CBS Reporter Charlie De Mar released texts of Chicago Attorney Kim Foxx on the Jussie Smollett case. You can read through them on his Twitter feed here. The Chicago Tribune published everything here.
Pretty damning. Chicago citizens saw right through the case from almost the very beginning. Chicago politicians want to protect power so they aren’t doing much about it. It’s a travesty.
I wish more reporters would do reporting like this. Here are a couple of other examples.
Crain’s published an article by a couple of union mouthpieces defending the progressive income tax proposal in Illinois. It’s full of lies. They state that Illinois budget deficit is only around $3.2B dollars. It’s more like $10B to $15B. But the elephant in the room is pensions and medical deficits which are around $237B in the red. Fortunately, the guys
Wirepoints are on it.
Reporters don’t critically think anymore. They knee jerk react and are so full of confirmation bias they can’t do what the fourth estate is designed to do.
Most of them don’t even understand statistics. You probably don’t realize this, but most of the statistics you read in the newspaper or hear on television are manipulated. Russ Roberts had a tweetstorm about this yesterday. He is a PhD economist with his degree from Chicago Booth and knows his way around a distribution or two.
The numbers are usually created to make news. To scare you. To rile you up. To get you to click through. And I know how many assumptions people have to make to get at some of these numbers–the things they can’t control for or the opportunities they have …
— Russell Roberts (@EconTalker) April 16, 2019
I’d love to see all the vitriol and all the phony reporting that is designed to marginalize President Trump turned on agencies like the FBI, CIA and Department of Justice when they were ruled by the prior administration. I bet they would be surprised at what they might find.
Often I find that the accusers are actually doing what they are accusing someone else of doing. In the case of Jussie Smollet, he created a hate crime but my gut says he hates the people he was accusing. My gut says the union mouthpieces really dislike small businesspeople that would be heavily burdened by their proposed progressive tax. My gut says that the Democratic Party has a blind irrational hatred for Trump, and almost any Republican at this point.
My middle school history teacher Gordon G. Teichman used to say, “Remember when you point a finger, there are three fingers pointing back at you.”