Large numbers, small numbers, and the media

We live in a country of 300,000,000 people. 30,000 people die in car crashes a year. You may have noticed that the media and certain politicians are focusing on an incident that, if the worst case were proved true, would be something so rare that it involves fewer than 300 criminals a year. 300 in a land of 300,000,000. This is not about news; it’s about an electoral agenda. As soon as the story outlives its usefulness, it will disappear, only to be replaced by the next thing to segment the electorate and get a chosen part of the base energized, irrespective of the truth of the matter, or its inherent importance. Whether such obvious manipulation can succeed when there are so many critical issues facing the country remains to be seen.

2 Responses to “Large numbers, small numbers, and the media”

  1. MarkD Says:

    If Al Sharpton could make money off car crashes, they’d be in the news. People here march about some teen in Florida, ignoring the deaths of the last teen killed here, and clueless about what to do about the next one. The only unknown is whether or not we’ll make it to April before it happens.

    Meanwhile, in interracial violence, there is silence about the three hundred plus Mexicans killed by Attorney General Eric Holder’s gunrunning operation to Mexico. They don’t count in this little political charade.

    Remember how Al Sharpton lied about the Tawana Brawley case and smeared DA Steven Pagones and never apologized? That Al Sharpton. I wouldn’t follow him to free money.

  2. feeblemind Says:

    One wonders about the political calculation behind this. Is whipping up hate thought of as a way to energize and increase black voter turnout, something 0bama will desperately need in the Fall?

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