Monday, November 19, 2007

CBS' Bogus 'Vet Suicide' Stats

CBS' Bogus 'Vet Suicide' Stats
By Michael Fumento

There's "startling" and "stunning" news of a "hidden epidemic" of veteran suicides. So claimed CBS News in two reports last week.

Most of the airtime went for heart-rending interviews with wives of vets who had killed themselves. But CBS also provided statistics that it said showed that "veterans were more than twice as likely to commit suicide in 2005 than non-vets."

Problem is, we have absolutely no way of verifying the CBS data nor how the network claims it collected the info. CBS News admits to collecting the data itself, rather than relying on an independent outside party. It also concedes its rate is "much higher" than that in an uncompleted Department of Veterans Affairs study.

So somebody isn't telling the truth. And the evidence is overwhelming that it's CBS.



Anonymous bobcat said...

Those numbers didn't sound real to me - I knew they were puffing them...

8:54 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

I saw this story over the weekend and immediately dismissed its veracity since it was from CBS. The Completely Biased System.

9:42 AM  
Blogger FairestWitness said...

Or is you like,

Compiled Bullshit System

9:43 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I like your last acronym!

9:46 AM  
Anonymous cassie said...

I guess with so much good news coming out of Iraq, they have to try and manufacture SOME kind of bad news.

2:49 PM  

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