Mainstream Media Push Inaccurate Trump Study, Refuse to Correct

  • 2019-09-12
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Mainstream Media Push Inaccurate Trump Study, Refuse to Correct
The mainstream media, led by the Washington Post, recently pushed a study claiming that Trump's campaign rallies increased hate crimes.

This study has been disputed and proven to be flawed. Some have even argued that using the same formula (from the flawed study), Hillary Clinton's campaign events would have spiked hate crimes even more.

Despite the likelihood that the study is false the mainstream media refuse to correct themselves by publishing the study debunking this claim.

According to The Daily Caller:

Establishment media outlets like The Washington Post hyped a now-disputed study that linked President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies to a spike in hate crimes, but they’ve yet to cover a second study that debunked the first one.

The first study, which three Texas university professors conducted, said counties that hosted Trump rallies in 2016 saw a 226% spike in hate crimes compared to places that didn’t host Trump rallies. Harvard University researchers found the political scientists had gotten it wrong when they tried to replicate the study.

“The study is wrong, and yet journalists ran with it anyway,” Harvard researchers Matthew Lilley and Brian Wheaton wrote on Sept. 6 in Reason, a libertarian magazine.

The Harvard researchers conducted their own study:

The Harvard University researchers found that “adding a simple statistical control for county population to the original analysis causes the estimated effect of Trump rallies on reported hate incidents to become statistically indistinguishable from zero.”

The only outlet to have corrected itself, among the many who pushed the flawed study, was Business Insider.

Maybe CNN, The New York Times, and Washington Post should take note.

 Source: TTN

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