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ESPN publishes disturbing article of half-truths and lies

[large thumbnail url=”espn-publishes-disturbing-article-of-half-truths-and-lies” filename=”editorial” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”03″] [thumbnail icon url=”espn-publishes-disturbing-article-of-half-truths-and-lies” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”05″ day=”03″] James Swan (yes, the 3rd tier actor), in trying to get attention for his book In Defense of Hunting, managed to get an article published on ESPN which served to play to his core consumer through misleading, or worse, purely inaccurate information demonizing wolves.

It starts with the recounting of three deadly wolf attacks.

And the problems start there too.

We won’t discuss where all the mistakes are because we will be publishing a response from Matt Skoglund which does that better than we could.

This is a perfect example of using partial quotes, selective information and intentional, credible-sounding misinformation to paint a horrific image of one of America’s necessary apex predators.

The oddest part of this entire article to me was the  Some Perspective section. Where Swan becomes a predator apologist for bears and mountain lions.

Swan also drops in subtle jabs at the wolf reintroduction program. He references the wolves as being Canadian. He also brings up the Lolo Basin elk herds. Again, he starts his numbers in 1994, the year of wolf reintroduction. Extending that back 10 years before the wolf reintroduction would have hurt his argument since the decline started a significant amount of time before wolves were part of the equation.

The fact that ESPN published this indicates an agenda. This is not the first time an anti-wolf article has made it’s way on to the outdoors section of their site.

No wonder ESPN stands for Entertainment and Sports Network. No news, or editorial requirements there right?

Read the article here: The myth of the harmless wolf

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