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One Day's Media Debunk

Aloha, Hawaii Public Radio Editor, 

On a long drive, again, I tuned in to Hawaii Public Radio (HPR).  Your National Public Radio feed Tues June 25 late afternoon included  these howlers:

1) Gun violence kills more children than traffic accidents, etc.  Wrong. The stats have been skewed to include 18 and 19 year olds who are not children.  The 2% of US counties with gun control and large cadres of fatherless young men do kill each other a lot, but they're not children anymore.  Remove that cohort and other causes predominate, and abortion kills more children by an order of magnitude. Oh, and guns aren't violent.

2) Human fossil fuel burning is causing more droughts and intense storms.  Wrong. Even the IPCC admits the link to worse weather is a 'low reliability' inference.  The influence of water vapor and volcanoes are very large and admittedly indeterminate. 

3) Supreme Court's inclination to remove deference to executive department interpretations of grey areas in law was excoriated with absurdly repetitive adjectives describing how particular Congress will have to be, and how power will 'arrogate' to the courts if they decide a certain way.  

Wrong.  The court already has the power to waive deference to executive department interpretations, and it's Congress job to make law, not the executive departments.  That's not arrogant, it's fact.

Your reliance on NPR news feeds imbeds HPR in an unrelenting barrage of lies by omission and enthusiastically biased commentary.

Time to add some other sources of news with, as they say, diversity of opinion and news.

Or is HPR's game plan to confine itself to preaching to the choir?


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