MSNBC Looks at Child Abuse, sorta October 21, 2011
Actually, no. They don’t. They just interview someone from BBC who looked at child abuse, and even then they talked about correlation instead of causation, and then let a Boston talking head give anecdotes about teen mother he saw in “certain parts of cities”. He talks about teen pregnancy as a double death sentence with no mention of teen fathers, support systems, extended families, or how teens might prevent pregnancy to begin with.
Joe Scarborough also seems quite content to show that NY is second to TX, which I think is a way of saying blue states are as bad as red states.
At least the conversation does turn to prevention, that line of talk is generally shut down when the solutions require spending money on poor children.
There are studies out there that talk about causation, but the news reporters on MSNBC didn’t make any effort to tell us which “child experts” they spoke to, and didn’t talk with any professors or social scientists.
Here is the original BBC report with Michael Petit of Every Child Matters: Michael Petit: America can fix problem of child abuse fatalities. I’m glad they’re talking about all this, but can we also address the children who survive child abuse and not simply talk about the children who die?