Our “beloved” media mavens and politicians have raised “Cherry Picking” to a certifiable art form.
Before I go any further let’s look at the first definition of “Cherry Picking” that pops up when googling the term.
“Cherry picking, suppressing evidence, or the fallacy of incomplete evidence is the act of pointing to individual cases or data that seem to confirm a particular position, while ignoring a significant portion of related cases or data that may contradict that position.”
Countless generations before us have been treated to artful omissions and crafty statements by our so called public servants and a readily complicit press. However, the mendacity and accompanying self-righteousness have reached never before experienced superlatives in the year 2017.
All spheres of the political realm are affected. Absolutely nothing remains sacred.
DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy imposed on the nation via executive order by Barack Obama in 2012, represents the paradigm of political and media “Cherry Picking.”
Can we spot exemplary students, even valedictorians on any scholastic level amongst the DACA crowd? Of course! Indeed, some are honorably serving in our armed forces, while quite a few are gainfully employed. The problem arises when we look at the numbers.
I just took a gander at the latest post by John Hawkins, which beautifully outlines and explains the gamut of problems with DACA and the “Dreamers.” His article in the link that follows is a bona fide “Cherry” and refrains from “Cherry Picking,” but instead spells out the cold hard truth of the matter.
In Europe, particularly Western Europeans have fallen victim to equally concocted stories by their elected officials and the perpetually salivating newshounds with respect to the refugees and immigrants now in their midst. When the influx of foreigners was at its peak in 2014 and 2015, the Germans were told that large swaths of the Syrians and Iraqis were well educated and would represent a boon for the economy.
Well, a comparative study of Syrian 7th and 8th graders (the ones who actually attended school in their native country) placed them on the academic level of the average third grade German student. A poll by the Institute for Economic Studies in Munich a year ago showed that only 7 percent of all German firms had hired a refugee in the last 24 months. A grand total of 54 refugees had managed to find employment with the country’s biggest 30 companies according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Newspaper, with 50 of them working for the Deutsche Post (German Post Office).
If you’d like to dig deeper, be my guest. The “Cherry Picking” continues on either side of the Atlantic.
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