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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
WND Repeats False Claim About Census Question
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily still can't quite get facts correct, even though needing to do so is not just essential for a "news" operation but doubly so for one that's been desperately trying to stay alive.

A July 6 article is a repost of an item from the notoriously less-than-factual right-wing website Gateway Pundit  that copy-and pastes the original headline: "2000 U.S. Census asked citizenship question: Obama deleted it in 2010 — Trump wants it back in 2020." In fact, the claim that Obama "deleted" the citizenship question from the census in 2010 isn't true.

As an actual news outlet documented, the last time the census asked about citizenship of all Americans was in 1950, not 2000 as WND and the Gateway Pundit claim. The 2000 long-form census questionnaire did contain a citizenship question, but only one-sixth of Americans received that form. But in 2005, the Census Bureau started collecting citizenship and other information yearly in the form of the American Community Survey; this means that "not only did Obama not remove the question from the census, over the past 10 years it has been asked more frequently than it was before his two terms in office."

WND has shown no interest in correcting the record -- which tells us that it still probably doesn't deserve to live.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:18 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 1:27 AM EDT

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