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Mainstream Media Boost Dishonest Anti-billionaire Screed

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Mainstream Media Boost Dishonest Anti-billionaire Screed

National Review Online January 19, 2022
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Apparently, any amount of intellectual dishonesty can be excused if it serves the progressive agenda.

Being a left-wing institution certainly comes with privileges. Because such organizations’ research often serves the mainstream media’s preferred narratives, their new studies and reports can become news events in ways that comparable right-wing research wouldn’t. And for the same reason, media outlets often don’t bother to check their work before making it news.

So it is that in the past few days, CNNCBS NewsABC NewsYahoo, and others have run breathless articles highlighting a new Oxfam report on inequality that claims that “since the start of the pandemic . . . billionaires have seen their wealth increase by $5 trillion.” Unsurprisingly, these “news” articles read like fawning press releases and did not cite a single critic of the Oxfam report or of the general argument that the existence of billionaires is harmful.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the National Review Online

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Brian M. Riedl is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow him on Twitter here.

Photo by Patchakorn Phom-in/iStock

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