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http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443571/pickup-trucks-media-reporters-lack-curiosity?utm_source=nr&utm_campaign=incurious-reporters&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=geraghty

"Likewise, some things that seem popular from media coverage are in fact quite unrepresentative of the country. When you see headlines such as “Five signs America is falling in love with public transit,” it’s very easy to forget that just 5.2 percent of Americans commute to work by public transportation. (It seems likely that the percentage of big-city journalists who use public transportation is much higher.) Time called Game of Thrones “the last consensus show on television.” But that “consensus” consists of about 23 million people in a country of more than 300 million. In March 2016, Buzzfeed referred to “the hit Broadway musical Hamilton that everyone you know has been quoting for months.” At that point, the total number of Americans who had seen Hamilton was roughly 384,000 people.

It wasn’t that long ago that the New York Times was gushing about the likes of Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias under the headline, “Washington’s New Brat Pack Masters Media.” Klein and Yglesias went on to form the online publication Vox, adopting the humble slogan, “The Smartest Thinkers, the Toughest Questions.” That slogan was most often sarcastically cited when the site made a surprisingly boneheaded error, such as claiming that there is a physical bridge connecting the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, reporting that the city of Boulder, Colo., has 102 toilets for every resident, or mixing up gun-ownership rates and gun-violence rates.

It’s hard to shake the feeling that some reporting mistakes could be avoided or caught earlier if reporters and editors had a wider range of life experience, or more curiosity about the life experiences of other people outside of their peer group."

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