Archive for April, 2009

The Washington Post Working To Perpetuate The 90 Percent Myth

Posted in Junk Journalism on April 18, 2009 by jjchronicles

Junk Journalism as Practiced By:

Reporter: Karl Vick
Date: April 18, 2009
Publication: The Washington Post

Omission

Vick states that 90 percent of weapons “submitted” for tracing are found to originate in the U.S. He doesn’t mention only 83 percent are submitted for tracing.  Fox News found that of the 11,000 firearms submitted for tracing, 6,000 were traceable and only 5,114 of those originated in the United States.  Like most  junk journalists Vick used a small sample to get a big percentage to promote a philosophy and mislead his readers.  Journalists interested in the truth would use the percentage but qualify the number with the facts.  Vick should have wrote “90 percent of the weapons submitted for tracing, which is only 17 percent of the weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities, are found to come from the United States.  The majority of Mexico’s weapons problem are black market guns likely stolen from its own military or smuggled into the country from other sources.”

Fabrication

Vick states officials estimate that 100,000 weapons are smuggled across the border from the U.S. to Mexico but that is not  substantiated in any way.  It is pure speculation and fabrication without sourcing and by putting that number in the same paragraph as the 90 percent, Vick leaves the reader thinking nearly a 100,000 guns have been traced to the U.S. when it is just over 5,000.

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The Bow

Posted in Commentary on April 15, 2009 by jjchronicles

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In the current environment, whatever the President says is what the media reports.   With Junk Journalists covering the President, anything he says is believed and reported.  A bow is not a bow.  A lobbyist is not a lobbyist.  Zero days to for the public to review a bill is the same as the promised public review period.  The sun is the moon, day is night.  All is good.