James D. Agresti

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Rape Facts and Falsehoods

In this era of #MeToo and rampant sexual assault allegations, many media outlets, politicians, and scholars are misleading people about the prevalence of rape. They accomplish this by publicizing unscientific studies, mischaracterizing reliable ones...

Why Trump is Not in 'Reality Denial' When it Comes to Hurricanes

The Washington Post editorial board has accused President Trump of being “complicit” in Hurricane Florence, because “he plays down humans’ role in increasing the risks” of “extreme weather,” and “he continues to dismantle efforts...

Is 'Monkey This Up' A Racial Slur?

Activists are calling a gubernatorial candidate racist for using the term “monkey this up.” The press is spreading these charges while failing to reveal that others have used this phrase in the same way: as a synonym for “mess things up.” After...

Illegal Immigrants Are Far More Likely to Commit Serious Crimes Than the U.S. Public

President Trump recently held a conference with family members of U.S. citizens killed by illegal immigrants. The parents of nine people slain by such immigrants spoke about their family’s experiences, and Trump presented an array of...

Social Security Has Not Been ‘Looted’

The newly released Social Security Trustees Report describes serious fiscal issues with the program and stresses that it should be reformed soon, or the situation will become much worse. However, public support for reform is impeded by a common...

What the New York Times Gets Wrong About the Effects of Regulations on the Economy

In a New York Times article about President Trump scaling back regulations, reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley report “there is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to” economic growth. They support this sweeping claim...

No, Public School Teachers Are Not Underpaid

During recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma that captured national attention, many major media outlets reported misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid the true costs to...

In America, Women and Men Earn Equal Pay for Equal Work

Certain media outlets are giving fawning coverage to “Equal Pay Day,” a “public awareness event” invented by the National Committee on Pay Equity to “illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s wages.” This group claims that women earn much less...

Media Misinformation About Arming Teachers

Misinformation can be deadly, especially when it comes to issues like school shootings. This is because it can build support for policies that increase fatalities and generate opposition to reforms that can save lives. Despite these high stakes,...

Government Spending on Higher Education Reaches an All-Time High

It’s a common theme in the news media: Education needs more money. Always. In keeping with that storyline, a recent Washington Post article about higher education reports: To the alarm of many educators, nearly every state has cut funding to...

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