BREAKING: It's that time of the year again!

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017

Time for some back-to-school bungling:
It's that time of year again! But first, a pair of factual claims:

According to the New York Times, 15 percent of our country's "college-age population" is black.

Also according to the Times, 22 percent of our country's "college-age population" is Hispanic.

We'll assume those statements are accurate. Now we'll ask two additional questions:

What percentage of the college-age population is white? Also, what percentage of the college-age population is Asian-American?

In a gigantic, sprawling front-page report which is amazingly short on the forest while long on the trees, the New York Times doesn't say!

(Why do we say this report is gigantic? In hard copy, it's the featured report at the top of today's front page. Inside the paper, it consumes the entire page A15.)

It's an amazing tradition! At this time of the year, the Times almost always presents some sweeping back-to-school report. By tradition, the reporting will almost always be bungled, in some sort of head-scratching way.

(In 2015, the bungling involved an elementary fact the Times didn't seem to know: most black kids live in the South! The ridiculousness of that year's bungling proceeded directly from there.)

We've just wasted a lot of time trying to complete the picture of the college-age population. (Trying and failing.) It didn't seem to occur to the Times that the questions we've asked are extremely basic, given the (very important) topic they've chosen to mangle this year.

The problems with this frustrating front-page report extend beyond the absence of those two basic data points. Putting the details aside until later, let's turn to the larger question which underlies this puzzling annual mess:

How can the New York Times be so reliably incompetent? Also, how can it be that New York Times readers, and the rest of the press corps, never quite seem to notice?

We'll likely cover today's report in our own back-to-school reporting. But good lord! Every year, the nation's most famous newspaper seems to present an informationally-bungled back-to-school report.

What can it mean that they do this each year? What does this practice say about them? What does it say about us?

Inquiring minds want to know: According to The Conversation (on this morning's page A3), this frustrating back-to-school report was "The Times's most emailed article on Thursday," when it appeared on line.

It deals with a very important topic. Overall, we'd say the work is amazingly bad, though in a familiar old way.

22 comments:

  1. "It deals with a very important topic"

    Really? Meaningless 'racial' categorization is "a very important topic"? You're far-gone, mate.

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    1. Stop running away, and answer the question, Mao.
      Who, in the mainstream media, forced Trump to hand Goldman Sachs the economy of the USA?

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    2. Been watching tee-vee again, dear? You need to stop, or your impressionable little head's gonna explode eventually...

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    3. That's it, Mao?
      I hope you're no one's paying you for such weak trolling.

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    4. "Been watching tee-vee again, dear?"
      Nah. Just pointing out you are 100% full of shit for the slow learners, honey.

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  2. Mao, President Trump sent THAAD missiles to South Korea. Was that a good idea? China objects. Is China wrong?

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  3. Is Somerby seriously pretending to be concerned about whether Asian students are under or over represented among college students?

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  4. 54% are white, non-Hispanic. 5 % are Asian.

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  5. Economically disadvantaged whites are under represented. Partly that is because of lack of social support. Colleges know this and try to counteract it. That is an unrecognized type of affirmative action that has existed for decades.

    Women are over represented. Colleges set quotas and admit less qualified male students to achieve some balance. No one complains but it is still unfair.

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  6. Dear Bob, would you, by popular demand, address the hilarious Robert Lee/ESPN controversy, please.

    Analyze it, please, as an instance of the general phenomenon, the 'American Cultural Revolution'

    Thanks in advance - and please remember: have fewer children, raise more pigs!

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    1. Dear Mao,
      Would you, by popular demand, address the nonsense by yourself that Trump is fighting for the non-elites, while Trump actually wants to increase the part of the people's budget that goes to the politically-connected, elite defense contractors?
      Thanks in advance-and please remember: only a gullible idiot would think Trump gives a shit about the non-elites.

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