The New York Times has accomplished something I would think is harder and harder to to: it has lowered its journalistic standards again.
With a major tip of my imaginary hat to John Hinderaker of powerlineblog.com, a March 16th story by Stephanie Saul had this headline:
Amid ‘Trump Effect’ Fear, 40% of Colleges See Dip in Foreign Applicants
That is big news, isn’t it? Almost half the colleges in the country are taking it on the chin because of that moron Trump.
…the headline – and “justification” for this apparent tale of woe afflicting U.S. colleges – was pulled from a study conducted for the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
And if you use the above link, you will find the basis for The Times’ headline and article is:
Key findings of the survey include:
• 39% of responding institutions reported a decline in international applications, 35% reported an increase, and 26% reported no change in applicant numbers.
As you can see with your own eyes, the “finding” is that some schools’ application numbers decreased, some increased and some stayed the same…with the difference between ups and downs a virtually meaningless 4%.
In other words – with apologies for my language – the basis for that headline, and the condemnatory article, is 100% pure unadulterated bullshit.
I would like to say that this is as low as The Times gets. That it can’t get any lower. But I won’t, because The Times seems determined to keep proving and re-proving that no matter how low it goes, there is still room for more.
What a shame. This partisan rag used to be a newspaper.