Washington Post op-ed slams media using misleading data on right-wing violence

Megan McArdle acknowledged how the threat of right-wing violence was a common theme in media reporting, following the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, by a suspected antisemite white nationalist.

The aftermath of the Buffalo massacre saw a spate of articles describing the menace of right-wing extremists. The New York Times’s David Leonhardt characterizes it as ‘a violence problem that has no equivalent on the left,McArdle wrote.

Egter, she added thatthe data often cited to support this conclusion don’t say what most people think.

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A crowd gathers as police investigate after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, Mei 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y.. Multiple people were shot at the Tops Friendly Market. Police have notified the public that the alleged shooter was in custody.

A crowd gathers as police investigate after a shooting at a supermarket on Saturday, Mei 14, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y.. Multiple people were shot at the Tops Friendly Market. Police have notified the public that the alleged shooter was in custody. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

The columnist explained how the media often cited reports on extremism and hate from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) whose reports included cases which didn’t seem political, such as incidents of domestic violence, child custody disputes, and prison gangsengaging in pedestrian criminal violence,” in their examples of right-wing extremism.

McArdle said she wasn’t cherry-picking but actuallydescribing the majority of the incidents in the ADL’s 2021 verslag doen” on extremism.

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She went on to cite the ADL acknowledging the discrepancy in their data.

One of the most striking features of white supremacist murders is the large proportion of non-ideological killings to ideological killings,” the ADL wrote in its most recent report. “Oor die verlede 10 jare, enigste 86 van die 244 white supremacist killings (35%) were ideological murders,” the columnist cited.

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Darrell Brooks was charged with killing multiple people and injuring nearly 50 nadat hy op November met sy sportnutsvoertuig deur ’n Kersparade geploeg het 21, but the mainstream media quickly lost interest. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images | Wisoncin DOJ)

McArdle predicted that because of these reports, the media would latch ontoany new case with a tenuous link to the alt-rightto add it to the trendmeriting wall-to-wall coverage.

Tog, Holly Madison beskryf 'traumatiese' eerste nag met Hugh Hefner, other cases motivated by hateful ideology, like the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre, was downplayed by the media.

“Intussen, a Black man driving into a parade after making anti-White remarks on Facebook is seen as a sick individual,” McArdle wrote.

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