Media Amnesia

Even though it really should’t any more, it always surprises me when the media displays a total and utter disregard for their own prior reporting. It always seems like the Daily Show is just about the only media outlet that actually takes what a candidate is saying now, and compares it to video of them 6 months or 6 years ago. With that said, I give you today’s Navy Times:

The U.S. Naval Academy is on pace to receive more applications this year than last year’s record number, the academy’s dean of admissions told the Board of Visitors on Monday.

As of March 1, the academy had received 20,602 applications, compared to 19,138 at the same time last year — about a 7 percent increase.

That’s great, right? Except when in December, the Navy Times also reported:

The Naval Academy is artificially inflating its number of applicants to boost its status among other colleges, according to an academy professor who based his accusations on the school’s own documents.

Specifically, the academy counts as “applicants” people who have not completed an application but have shown an interest through other means, such as applying to the school’s weeklong Summer Seminar or beginning an online application, the documents show.

An academy admissions official Dec. 5 used this standard to boast that the school had 18,651 applicants so far this year, saying it put the school on track for a record year for the Class of 2016.

The academy’s number of completed applications is much lower. For example, the Class of 2015, which began training during the summer, had 5,720 completed applications; the academy cited its applicant number as 19,145 — more than three times the number of completed applications.


About thinklikeafox

I'm a Naval Officer living in Southern California. I hope to be attending law school in the next year or two, and I started writing this blog out of a desire to improve my writing and critical thinking skills after a couple years outside of academia.
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