Fake news--part three

In 2015, during the presidential campaign, Trump made many statements about illegal immigrants causing crime. After a pretty lengthy discussion, the Washington Post fact checker (Mchelle Ye Hee Lee) gave Trump's statement "four pinocchios" for being false. This is defined as a "whopper" and the worst rating for falsehood. This is a clear-cut example of "fake news" generated by the mainstream media.

Here is the link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/08/donald-tr...

"Donald Trump's false comments connecting Mexican immigrants and crime" is the title to the column, and as I discussed in the first article, this is a Fake News headline and is biased. Trump's comments were clearly aimed at illegal immigrants, a key qualifier left out of the headline on purpose by the Washington Post. And, as I will show below, Trump's comments are 100% accurate. The "false" comments are by the reporter and her editors and publishers.

I have already written about how Trump is prone to exaggerate. It is his speaking style, and thus I don't take what he says always literally. But in his statements, he says that "many" illegal aliens commit crimes and that Mexico is not sending us their stellar citizens. He also clearly states that some of these people are fine.

The fact-checker makes an excellent point. Illegal aliens mostly come to the U.S. to work, and generally probably try to follow the law while in the U.S. because if they break it, the chance of being deported goes way up. So the fact-checker then concludes that Trump is "lying" (hence the pinocchios) because the crime rate of illegal aliens is lower than that of native-born Americans.

But Trump did not say or imply that illegal aliens committed more crimes than citizens "per capita," and therefore they were undesirable because our overall crime rate would go up.

And crime is not like other activities. Illegal immigrants are not predisposed to commit crimes that Americans otherwise would, or vice versa. if an illegal immigrant takes a job, there may be an American who is unemployed because of that. But committing crimes either happen or don't based on the individual criminal. If there were 100 crimes committed by illegal immigrants last month, and had those immigrants been prevented from coming into the country, then we would have had 100 fewer crimes last month.

The misleading substitution of "crime rate" for "crime" can only be purposeful. I don't see any reference to "crime rates" in any of Trump's statements about illegal immigration.

So I rate the Washington Post's fact-checking column on Donald Trump's statements on illegal immigration 10 pinocchios. (On a 1-4 Pinocchio scale.)

NEXT ARTICLE IN THIS SERIES: http://www.actonforum.com/blogs/allenn/fake-news-part-four

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