Who is Eliza Gray: Who the Sam Hill is Richard Perez-Pena?
You’re asking a very good question! Before we answer, consider a second question:
Who the heck is Eliza Gray?
Eliza Gray graduated from Harvard in 2008. Her father is C. Boyden Gray (Harvard 1964), the former Bush Administration honcho.
Today, Eliza Gray writes for Time magazine. A recent piece bore this pregnant headline:
“The Troubling Statistic in MIT’s Sex Assault Survey”
Interesting! Which statistic from that survey did young Gray find so troubling? Was she troubled by the fact that five percent of undergraduate women said they’d been raped during their time on this prestigious campus?
Actually, no! Reciting like a trained bird, Gray gave her readers dictation:
GRAY (10/29/14): A new survey of student experiences with sexual assault at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an encouraging step for schools working to put an end to the shamefully widespread problem of campus rape.Instantly, Gray conflates “rape” and “assault.” That said, she isn’t mainly concerned by the fact that five percent of undergraduate women directly said that they’ve been raped while students at MIT.
That the prestigious school released the study publicly is helpful in erasing the stigma surrounding sexual assault. And the numbers show that even an institution far better known for Fields Medals than frat parties has an incidence of campus rape comparable to other colleges. Roughly 35% of MIT’s 11,000 graduates and undergraduates took the anonymous survey. Of the undergrads, about 17% of women and 5% of men reported experiencing sexual assault while at the Massachusetts school.
But a deeper look at the numbers points to a more troubling statistic. Even though 17% of female undergraduates reported an experience that fits the survey’s definition of sexual assault (“unwanted sexual behaviors...involving use of force, physical threat, or incapacitation”), only 11% of female undergraduates checked “yes” when asked directly if they had been “raped” or “sexually assaulted.” Despite a concerted effort by the Obama Administration, state officials and campus leaders, MIT students were uncertain about what qualified as sexual violence—even when reporting that they had experienced assault.
A different statistic was “more troubling!” Some of the student don’t seem to agree with the institute’s “definition of sexual assault,” which Gray may have misstated!
It isn’t most troubling when students say they’re being raped and assaulted. More troubling is the fact that they don’t echo their elders’ rather shaky definitions of such crimes.
Gray’s piece at Time represents a perfect example of copying down whatever you’re told by elites and elders. To appearances, Mother and Popsy sent her to school so she could acquire dictation skills.
As for Perez-Pena, he took a different route to the New York Times. The leading authority on his life lays it out like this:
Richard Pérez-Peña (born 1963) has been a journalist with the New York Times since 1992. He has covered Albany, New Jersey, healthcare, the media, and is currently reporting on higher education. He was featured in the film Page One: Inside the New York Times.Two different routes to a very similar place.
A 2012 news story by Pérez-Peña on Yale University quarterback Patrick Witt was criticized by Witt and some journalists for unfairness and poor sourcing. The New York Times defended the accuracy of the story.
Pérez-Peña was born in Santiago, Cuba and raised in Southern California. He studied European History at Pomona College. In 1987, Pérez-Peña appeared on Jeopardy! and became a 5-time champion, later appearing in the show's first reunion invitational, Super Jeopardy! in 1990.
Many undergraduate students say they’re being raped at MIT. “More troubling” is the fact that they don’t agree with their elders’ (extremely murky) definition of what “assault” now is!
We’ll suggest you read Gray’s full report. You’ll be looking at perfect stenography, at “manufactured consent.”