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Case In Point: NPR Blames "young, White, Males"

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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on November 6, 2003 16:53:41 UTC

National Public Radio is a place where some expect to hear "truth."
NPR's Ina Jaffe reports today that most wilderness arson fires are started by "young, white males." She gives no statistics.
She then says that they typically start a lot
of fires before they are arrested. Jaffe
claims they explain to authorities that they like to watch the flames or the fire fighters. She concludes the report by mentioning in passing
that arrests in wilderness arson cases are RARE.

So... with so little data how did she conclude that most arson fires are started by "young white males?" Probably, it suited her to accept that conclusion. Serious scholars know that humans have sometimes used fire to clear land, drive herds of bison, or even wage a battle. Any leads there?

After her report, Cark Kassel, another Fat Brown Guy, resumed his reading of the day's news, never pausing to raise the question I just raised. It suited him just fine too.

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