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Friday, September 06, 2019


Headlines for Sept. 6, 2019

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Headlines with an * are the ones we managed to fit in in our allotted time slot.


Worst, Most Misleading & Funniest Headlines for Sept. 6, 2019

Joe Biden: I Had $280,000 Of Student Loans

No fan of Biden, but am a fan of non-misleading headlines. Seeing the headline you think it’s either a lie or another Biden gaffe, since obviously *he* didn’t have any such debt. But as the article eventually mentions in the 10th paragraph, this is debt from putting 3 kids through school.

*Biden claims he doesn’t take fossil fuel cash at NYC fundraiser co-hosted by fossil fuel company co-founder
Funny but totally true.

*It doesn’t matter if it’s sugary or diet: New study links all soda to an early death
The word “links” is totally misleading. Most people will take “links” to imply causality, but that is specifically denied by the study’s authors. And even the correlation which is claimed is unquantified, at least in this WaPo article. “Early death” is pretty strong language. Are we talking 10 years? 1 year? 15 minutes? No clue to support that ominous headline.

And another one, same problem:
*People with visible tattoos are more likely to act ‘reckless’ and ‘impulsive’: study
Reverses the causality. Should read "people who act recklessly and impulsively are more likely to get visible tattoos".

*Democrats Say Their Climate Plans Will Create Jobs. It’s Not So Simple.
Um yes, yes it is. Even the article admits (in the 6th paragraph) “Experts say Democrats’ assertions are accurate, to a point. Fighting climate change will create jobs.” Yes, there are wildly different claims about the number of jobs, and of course ultimately it depends on exact what eventually happens. And yes, some jobs (e.g., in coal mining) will be lost. But solar *already* employs twice as many people as coal mining, so it’s clear there will be a net gain.

*Hong Kong Was Once Passionate About China. Now, It’s Indifferent or Contemptuous.
A headline that presents Hong Kong as monolithic and completely erases the massive *support* for China in Hong Kong. Yes, that support may be a minority, but then again, so is Trump’s support.

*Here's how Trump could escape 'emoluments' claims that he's profiting as president
This absurd article claims that Trump's "out" on the emoluments clause wrt Pence's stay at his resort is that Trump wasn't personally turning down the beds or bringing up room service. Oh please. Is that really the "original intent" of the framers?
Actual text: "The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a Compensation, which shall neither be encreased nor diminished during the Period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that Period any other Emolument from the United States, or any of them." He's receiving a salary for his "services". The prohibition against emoluments has nothing to do with those services.

Elementary school yanks ‘Harry Potter’ over claims it contains ‘actual curses and spells’
For real. “The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” said the pastor at this Catholic elementary school.

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