I’ve barely been paying attention to the news, except to check Senate polls every night, because, as some of you may have noticed, I’ve been in the bat-cave under Swiss Guard protection, writing my next book. But based on only about an hour of media consumption a week, I’ve recently noticed mainstream “news” outlets telling huge whoppers, long ago disproved and forgotten.
First, this past Sunday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof repeated the canard about guns being dangerous to their owners. A ” a study in the journal Injury Prevention,” he wrote, “found that the purchase of a handgun was associated with 2.4 times the risk of being murdered and 6.8 times the risk of suicide.” [Stranger Danger And Guns, September 27, 2014]
No kidding. As a lifelong subscriber to Injury Prevention, I could have told Kristof that people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods or who have friends or professions that increase their likelihood of being killed—or who plan to commit suicide—are astronomically more likely to buy handguns than people whose lifestyles do not put them at such risks.
My own study, soon to be published in Injury Prevention—and which I expect will similarly amaze Nick Kristof!—establishes that people in hospitals are twice as likely to die within five years as people not in hospitals. To paraphrase Kristof: People think hospitals can save their lives. Nonsense!
And don’t even get me started on my study on people in ambulances.
Second, once the MSM figured out how to blame a white guy for a black athlete punching his fiancée, and the only news was aboutRay Rice and—the true villain—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, MSNBC’s Toure repeated the old chestnut about emergency room admissions for domestic violence spiking on Super Bowl Sundays.