Bad Fact Checkers

Even NRO has the ability to shock sometimes:

Voters are far more favorably disposed to policies described as “affirmative action” than they are to policies described as “racial preferences”. When a policy is described as “affirmative action”, polls show an almost even split in support and opposition. In contrast, A Newsweek poll last summer showed Americans oppose “racial preferences” by a margin of 82%—14%. The opposition to “racial preferences” also includes a plurality of blacks.

Support for “affirmative action” evaporates when it’s revealed to mean that a black applicant to an elite school is 200 times more likely to be admitted than a white comparative.

I mean, where the hell do you even start on something like that? This is one of the times when the assertion, that black applicants are 200 times more likely to get into elite schools than “comparative whites,” is so manifestly absurd as to leave one speechless. I suppose we exclude legacy entries as being lesser, not “comparative,” applicants, but really, when is the last time Peter Kirsanow showed his face on the campus of an “elite” school? Or, conservative movement being as anti-college as it is, does he simply confuse Harvard with, say, Howard?

And, in the converse of the fundamental point about framing, it’s just as easy (and much more honest) to say that opponents of affirmative action distort the issue by referring to “racial preferences.”