Thursday, August 20, 2015

Conventional Wisdom versus the Facts

Yesterday I pointed out the fallacies and distortions of two stalwart conservatives, Star Parker and Sen. Marco Rubio, regarding policing and race. Specifically, I criticized Star Parker's spurious August 19, 2015 column. 

(It can be found here:

BTW Nobody believed me that there are studies indicating police show more deference to blacks. Here is one such study:

Excerpt: "Minority suspects experienced disrespect less often than whites (statistically significant in the hierarchical analysis controlling for degree of neighborhood disadvantage). "

The problem with Parker and Rubio is that they buy into the conventional wisdom - as presented by the mainstream media. This same problem is found in the marijuana legalization debate.

Today, I offer you Ann Coulter's criticism of the conventional wisdom about the Fourteenth Amendment as presented by Fox News. Writing in Human Events it is titled Fox News Anchored in Stupidity on 14th Amendment.

Like Star Parker's and Sen. Rubio's analysis of policing and race it is fraught with distortions and fallacies. Coulter skewers Fox News' "liberally blonde" Shannon Bream, "Constitutional scholar Andrew Napolitano, and resident genius Bill O'Reilly. The criticism is well deserved. They try to speak as experts about a topic for which they are ill qualified to do so. Just as Parker and Rubio did they merely rely on the liberal mainstream media interpretation which becomes the conventional wisdom.

Here is Coulter's column:


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