Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fact Checker Gives Four Pinocchio’s to NBC Nightly News Claim of 58,000 children are ‘Abducted’ Each Year Which is Also Listed as a “Key Fact” by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Another “Fishy” Statistic that the Public Would Believe and Legislators Would Most Likely Repeat to Create Hype and Fear for New Legislation, Bigger Registries and More Scarlet Letters.

Note: FBI data on abductions by a stranger in a single year is 332.

Fact Checker: 58,000 children ‘abducted’ a year: yet another fishy statistic, March 17, 2015
By Glenn Kessler

A frustrated reader wrote The Fact Checker concerning a statement that had appeared during a NBC Nightly News report on Jan. 16:  “According to the FBI’s latest study, more than 58,000 kids were abducted by non-relatives in one year.” 

The reader had written to the network complaining about the use of the statistic, with copious research about its failings, but had never received a response. So he asked The Fact Checker to call attention to the misuse of this statistic, as we had recently done on such claims as women having only 10 percent of worldwide income or that 1,800 college students die a year from “alcohol-related causes.”