Speaking of fake news and false information, what are we to make of CNN’s claim that America has had 22 school shootings so far this year? A lot of left-wing media outlets have picked up this statistic and run with it–but is it true?
No, it’s not.
CNN, allegedly a “real” news organization, cooked the books by counting as “school shootings” accidental shootings, domestic violence, gang shootings, and fights (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/may/18/whats-true-whats-not-about-santa-fe-texas-school-s/). It reminds me of a quip by Abraham Lincoln: “How many legs does a sheep have, if you call the tail a leg? Four–because calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”
Why are the noozies ramping up the total? Is it just because sensationalism has always sold newspapers, and pumped up TV viewership? Or are they purposely–and deceptively–exaggerating the problem because it fits their political agenda of disarming the law-abiding people of America?
You be the judge.