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The Wall Street Journal

Finally, catching up with The Blog from the Core.

In today's Best of the Web Today, James Taranto looks at a misleading report regurgitated by the Associated Press:

"One of every 50 American children experiences homelessness, according to a new report that says most states have inadequate plans to address the worsening and often-overlooked problem," the Associated Press reports from New York: ....
Horrible if true. But is it true? Not so much. Believe it or not, it turns out that the majority of "homeless" children live in homes.
Seriously! The AP link above includes a graphic that breaks down the "living conditions of homeless children." Fifty-six percent of them are "doubled-up," defined as "sharing housing with other persons due to economic hardship." By this definition, the Meathead on "All in the Family" was "homeless." ....
The AP story is the work of four reporters: David Crary, who gets the byline, plus Linda Stewart Ball in Dallas, Daniel Shea in Little Rock, Ark., and Dionne Walker in Atlanta, who "contributed to this report." Despite all this manpower, it is nothing but a work of stenography. A group whose raison d'ętre is homelessness has an obvious interest in exaggerating the extent of the problem. The press's complicity is harder to explain.

I wrote about this phenomenon almost seven years ago:

Is it just my perception — or is the mainstream media, chiefly represented by ABC/CBS/NBC & AP/NYT/WP/LAT, really turning into just a gigantic press-release publication service? To which, for the most part, left-wing causes only should submit.
Here is a for-instance. In February, Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) issued a report saying that 25 percent of all alcohol consumed in the USA is consumed by underage drinkers. For a whole day, you could not go anywhere, listen to anything, look at anything, or read anything without having that statistic thrown at you. Hard.
Isn’t it, like, awful?
And it would be awful. Fortunately, it is false....
Americans at large are eagerly fed one-sided opinions from special interest groups — isn’t it strange, by the way, how mainstream media usually fails to characterize activist organizations as special interest groups, unless they are conservative in nature — and from Democrat political operatives, with little or no corrective information from other viewpoints. Until they’re called on it.
Americans at large are told what others are told to tell them, true or false. This is worse than being blindfolded: it is being fitted with blinders, thinking they are eye glasses.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 03/10/09 06:01:57 PM
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