Fake news media is indeed a public enemy, domestic and abroad…
Besides, why is it important for the media that if in fact, white people did own 72% of the farmland in S.Africa, who cares as long as people had access to the food grown?
MEDIA JUSTIFIES ETHNIC CLEANSING WITH FAKE STATS ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN FARMERS
FACT CHECK: 72% of South Africa’s land is not owned by white farmers.
After President Trump tweeted about the mistreatment of white farmers in South Africa, the media rushed out stories justifying the ANC regime’s plans to ethnically cleanse white farmers by seizing land without compensation. These stories invariably contained a popular fake statistic abused by racists.
Bloomberg pretended to conduct a fact check by accusing Trump of misleading the public and claimed that, a “land audit released in February showed that whites own 72 percent of the land.”
“Land reform is a highly divisive issue in South Africa, where white residents, who make up 8 percent of the population, own 72 percent of land, according to official figures,” the New York Times observed.
“Whites own 72 percent of the 37 million hectares held by individuals,” the Washington Post contended.
The hedging isn’t hard to spot.
Is it 72% of the land or 72% of the land owned by individuals? There’s a huge difference. A sizable amount of South Africa’s land is actually owned by the government. That is, it’s owned by the ANC. Quite a lot of it is held by assorted organizations, including the tribal authorities of black South Africans.
For example, the Ingonyama Trust, controlled by the Zulu king, has 3 million hectares of land. The ANC’s decision to seize the king’s land has made fewer headlines, but has been even more explosive.
The Washington Post’s claim that “whites own 72 percent of the 37 million hectares held by individuals” has to be placed within the context of the 93 million acres of arable agricultural land in South Africa.
Even if the claim were true, that would amount to white farmers owning 27% of the agricultural land.
There’s a big difference between 27% and 72%.