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Monday 5 December 2016

A distasteful sign of the Times

The New York Times published an article following the tragic deaths of six students in Berkeley, analysing the behaviour of J1 students and raising questions about the visa programme. The (possibly unintended) implication of the piece was that the students were somehow responsible for the accident. The suggestion is as specious as it is offensive. But people and publications make mistakes. They don't see implications. The real test is what they do when they mistake is pointed out. The economist John Maynard Keynes is reputed to have said: "When the information changes, I change my mind. What do you do sir?" The paper last night said it never intended to blame victims and apologised "if the piece left that impression". Have they changed their mind?

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