Last September the Obama administration produced an FBI report that said mass shooting attacks and deaths were up sharply—by an average annual rate of about 16% between 2000 and 2013. Moreover, the problem was worsening. “The findings establish an increasing frequency of incidents,” said the authors. “During the first 7 years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. In the last 7 years of the study, that average increased to 16.4 incidents annually.”The White House could not possibly have been more pleased with the media reaction to these findings, which were prominently featured by the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Washington Post and other major outlets. The FBI report landed six weeks before the midterm elections, and the administration was hoping that the gun-control issue would help drive Democratic turnout.But late last week, J. Pete Blair and M. Hunter Martaindale, two academics at Texas State University who co-authored the FBI report, acknowledged that “our data is imperfect.” They said that the news media “got it wrong” last year when they “mistakenly reported mass shootings were on the rise.”Mind you, the authors did not issue this mea culpa in the major news outlets that supposedly misreported the original findings. Instead, the authors published it in ACJS Today, an academic journal published by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. “Because official data did not contain the information we needed, we had to develop our own,” wrote Messrs. Blair and Martaindale. “This required choices between various options with various strengths and weaknesses.” You don’t say.
Source: Obama’s Gun-Control Misfire – WSJ
Making s**t up is the new scientific method.
5 thoughts on “If the Cause is so Righteous, Why Lie? Because it is not.”
Lying liberals, this is my shocked face.
I have expressed disapproval towards certain tracting strategies which I consider dishonest. If you honestly believe your side is right, you should play as honest a game as you can. Doing anything less dilutes your message and makes you look like the bad guy.
I’m looking at you, McCain and Boehner.
Nope – it only dilutes the message IF you get caught and these guys almost didn’t. And then only to the folks (like most of us who are NOT on the anti-gun side) who are paying attention. The low info types will continue to believe whatever swill they are fed by the ‘experts’.
No, no, no. You’re looking at it backward. It’s OK to lie BECAUSE the cause is righteous. See?
It’s like “truthiness.” As long as it sounds like the truth, it’s pretty much the same as . . . .
They really believe the end justifies the means.
The end they seek is to disarm Americans. And no one who wants me disarmed is my friend.
Know who else believes it’s perfectly acceptable to lie to their opponents because their cause is so righteous?
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