Accuracy in Media

The New York Times offered a hagiographic profile of “Alex McIntyre, 19,” who “was brought up in a Britain being reshaped by government cuts. He gave up on capitalism after a year in college.”

Besides McIntyre, NYT writer Ellen Barry profiles other young, self-described socialists and communists, but failed to speak to any conservative millennial voices. Barry lauds the “new friends and new ideas” that he meets in college, where McIntyre despises working in a casual diner — a common first job for millions of college students — to support himself while he is in school. Rather than work hard, Barry reports about how McIntyre and his friends instead march with signs claiming they are “victimised” and demanding higher wages.

“He is pale and lanky, discreetly tattooed, caustically funny and so well-mannered that he would rather miss his train than cut into a line,” Barry writes of McIntyre, without bothering to cite the dangerous result of socialism-inspired communism in the 20th century that resulted in the deaths of 100 million people.

“Now 19 and old enough to vote, Mr. McIntyre is making up for lost time,” writes Barry about McIntyre’s lament that he couldn’t vote to “Remain” in the E.U. “Over the last six months, he was drawn into the center of the Momentum movement, an ideological marketplace buzzing with rebranded socialism and trade unionism. His parents may have gotten their news from The Sun and The Daily Mail, but he listens to reports on the “crisis of capitalism” from Novara Media, a left-wing independent media group. Over Christmas he started reading Marx.”

Barry offers no data on how Britons’ political views evolve over time; data generally show that people become more conservative as they age, and Barry presents McIntyre’s life in a vacuum.

“At home for the holidays, he was warned not to discuss politics with his Thatcherite grandparents, and tiptoed around the subject,” Barry writes of McIntyre, yet Barry didn’t bother to interview McIntyre’s mother or his grandparents for their perspective on Brexit, McIntyre’s political work or his student loan debt.

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