PunditFact fact-checks a Mar 15 Sunday shows

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Is a media foul targeting Hillary Clinton?

That was a suggestion, during least, from Fox News pundit Juan Williams on Sunday. Williams compared a media greeting to Clinton’s use of private email in new days to that of members of President George W. Bush’s administration roughly 8 years ago.

For those who don’t remember, some Bush staffers including tip confidant Karl Rove were criticized for regulating Republican National Committee email accounts to perform supervision work.

Debating Rove, Williams said, “There has been such a feeding frenzy on a right over this emanate that people consider it’s approach out of line, and it’s to a indicate where it’s roughly like a poker actor spin over a list and saying, we’re out of here with a large steep since they got 0 when it comes to indeed winning a 2016 campaign.”

Williams afterwards claimed that “when Karl was in difficulty behind in ’07, no press conference. Just about 0 press coverage.”

We wondered if Williams had that right.

First, a discerning refresher about what happened in a Bush administration. In Mar 2007, eyes were on then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales after a administration suddenly dismissed 8 United States attorneys. Congress investigated a firings, alleging that a administration had forsaken a prosecutors for domestic reasons.

Over a march of a investigation, it came out that some White House officials had conducted White House business over a private emails, set adult on a server by a Republican National Committee. The White House after certified that some inner White House emails conducted on a RNC server competence have been lost.

Democrats in Congress indicted a administration of purposefully circumventing recordkeeping processes, while a White House pronounced staffers were ostensible to use a RNC emails usually for domestic affairs, not central business.

We looked behind during media coverage during a time, and Williams has a indicate that it didn’t means a same turn of hullabaloo as a Clinton email scandal. Though to contend there was “zero press coverage” is an deceit — even permitting for a bit of hyperbole.

We did a hunt by Lexis-Nexis, a investigate use that marks news articles and transcripts, between Mar and May 2007. We found some-more than 125 transcripts from a vital wire networks and National Public Radio that embody “Republican National Committee” and “email” within 10 difference of any other.

The Lexis-Nexis hunt also yielded some-more than 200 compared journal articles opposite a nation within a same time frame.

Let’s review that to coverage of a Clinton controversy.

Since a story pennyless Mar 3 — dual weeks ago — we found 204 wire and open radio transcripts that embody “Clinton” and “email.” We also found 1,700 journal articles opposite a country.

That’s several times as many articles and transcripts about Clinton than there were about a Bush email debate in a entertain of a time. It’s a severe measurement, yet clearly there has been some-more media courtesy on Clinton’s use of private email than that of a White House staffers.

Still, observant there was “zero press coverage” of a latter liaison goes too far.

Williams’ explain rates Mostly False.

Also Sunday, CNN brought on a row of college tyro leaders to plead issues surrounding race.

One explain stranded out to us from Jalen Ross, a tyro legislature boss during a University of Virginia. He said, “Every day, a black name resume is 50 percent reduction expected to get responded to than a white name resume.”

The investigate that a statistic comes from is a bit aged — it was published in 2003 — yet experts contend Ross fundamentally has it correct. The explain rates Mostly True.

Using feign resumes, economists Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan responded to help-wanted ads for a accumulation of positions in a fields of sales, executive support, ecclesiastic services and patron services posted in The Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune.

The researchers plugged in made-up names on a resumes that are compared with African-Americans (they used Lakisha Washington and Jamal Jones as examples) or whites (Emily Walsh and Greg Baker). The name on any resume was incidentally assigned, so a same resume in some cases had a black name and in others had a white name.   

Then they counted a callbacks.

The resumes with white-sounding names spurred 50 percent some-more callbacks than a ones with black-sounding names.

After responding to 1,300 ads with some-more than 5,000 resumes, a researchers found that a pursuit field with white names indispensable to send 10 resumes to get one callback, yet a black claimant indispensable to send 15 for one.

Ross erred somewhat in his accurate wording. While white-sounding names spurred 50 percent some-more callbacks than a ones with black-sounding names, black-sounding names were 33 percent reduction expected to get responded to.

The researchers cautioned that their commentary do not exhibit anything about gaps in employing rates or gain between whites and blacks. Also, they usually focused on one entrance for pursuit postings, journal ads, even yet amicable circles paint a vital approach people find practice (not to discuss that online postings for jobs are most some-more renouned than they were in 2002).

David Figlio, a Northwestern University highbrow of preparation and amicable process and of economics, told us he had no reason to consider a dynamics have almost changed.

“There have been a series of new studies on compared topics that advise that identical patterns are still during work in other areas,” Figlio said. “So while we can’t endorse a accurate number, we trust a elemental attribute to still be true.”

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