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Coverage of the immigration bill: So many opinions, so little data.

10 August 2017 No Comment
Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Ark., left, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., right, look on as President Donald Trump speaks during the unveiling of legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Ark., left, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., right, look on as President Donald Trump speaks during the unveiling of legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

by Jens Erik Gould

August , 2017

Courtesy The Huffington Post

The further we get from the facts, the easier it is to jump to conclusions about an issue and futilely argue opinion against opinion. Without precise data, we can argue either side to our heart’s content, biased that something’s good or bad without precisely understanding why.

That’s what happened with this week’s coverage of the proposed bill to limit legal immigration: media outlets presented seemingly strong arguments for and against the bill, but neither they nor their sources backed up their points.

Coverage of the immigration bill: So many opinions, so little data.

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