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posted ago by AntonioOfVenice ago by AntonioOfVenice +46 / -1

A few days ago, I wrote about how NBC News fails at basic statistics. They were confusing '82% of BLM supporters are black' with '82% of blacks support BLM'. Since then, they have corrected their article.

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From:

Eighty-two percent of the respondents in support of Black Lives Matter in the most recent poll were Black.

To:

Eighty-two percent of Black respondents in the most recent poll said they supported Black Lives Matter.

Interestingly, they also introduced a new error.

From:

Since then, public opposition to Black Lives Matter has risen after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin

To:

Since then, public support to Black Lives Matter has continue to decline, including after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin

To their credit, it was not a stealth edit:

CORRECTION (Nov. 22, 2:29 p.m.): A previous version of this article mischaracterized the respondents to the survey who said they support the Black Lives Matter movement. Eighty-two percent of the respondents who are Black support the movement, not 82 percent of overall respondents.

How do I know this was a response to what we wrote about the article? The article itself is from 16 November. I wrote my criticisms on 21 November. The article was changed the next day. Quite a coincidence otherwise. We're definitely being watched by not-so-friendly eyes.

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Six_z3r0 10 points ago +10 / -0

Let them watch. They can copy off our homework all they like. They just wont get the final draft, right?

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censorthisss 4 points ago +4 / -0

Those are pretty obvious errors so it's possible they became aware of it some other way. But I don't doubt that journalists lurk around here so maybe you're right that your post led to the correction.

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AntonioOfVenice [S] 4 points ago +5 / -1

You're right. I think it was my post because they suddenly changed the contents nearly a week after first posting it. One would hope that this is obvious to anyone, but apparently not to journalists.

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GhostBond 2 points ago +2 / -0

Some of the prosecutor speeches from the rittenhouse trial seemed like they were pulled right off of the internet.

I think maybe the news caught up to the existence of something called "the web" and a communication medium known as "internet forums"...