“Racist” College Researcher Ousted After Sharing Study Showing No Racial Bias In Police Shootings

"Racist" College Researcher Ousted After Sharing Study Showing No Racial Bias In Police Shootings

Tyler Durden

Mon, 07/06/2020 – 14:49

The vice president of Research and Innovation at Michigan State University, physicist Stephen Hsu, has been forced out of his position at the university after daring to show actual facts from a 2019 study that show there to be no racial bias in incidents of police shootings. 

Hsu wrote on his blog on Sunday that “The [Graduate Employees Union] alleged that I am a racist because I interviewed MSU Psychology professor Joe Cesario, who studies police shootings.”

"Cesario’s work…is essential to understanding deadly force and how to improve policing," Hsu said. 

Cesario’s 2019 study found "that the race of the officer doesn’t matter when it comes to predicting whether black or white citizens are shot."

The conclusion of the study was that “contrary to activist claims and media reports, there is no widespread racial bias in police shootings.”

Cesario’s study was then cited in a June 3 Wall Street Journal op-ed called "The Myth of Systemic Police Racism". The MSU communications team highlighted the mention of Cesario’s work days later and on June 10, the GEU "blasted" Hsu for sharing the research, claiming that it "did not alight with public statements issued by MSU," according to blog The Police Tribune

GEU Vice President Acacia Ackles said: “It is the union’s position that an administrator sharing such views is in opposition to MSU’s statements released supporting the protests and their root cause and aim.”

That’s when Hsu said the social media attacks began: “This started as a twitter mob attack, with very serious claims: that I am a Racist, Sexist, Eugenicist, etc.”

He also said he was under attack for blogging about research involving genetic differences of races. The GEU subsequently circulated a "Fire Stephen Hsu" petition that demanded Hsu’s firing.  

The letter said: “The concerns expressed by the Graduate Employees Union and other individuals familiar with Hsu indicates an individual that cannot uphold our University Mission or our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion."

It continued: "Given this discordance with university values, Stephen Hsu should not be privileged with the power and responsibility of recruiting and funding scholars, overseeing ethical conduct, or coordinating graduate study.”

While more than 800 signed the petition to get him fired, days later Hsu had compiled over 2,000 signatures in a support petition.

“Over just a few days, 1700+ individuals from around the world signed the support petition… Among the signatories are hundreds of professors from MSU and around the world, and an even larger number of PhD degree holders,” Hsu said. 

The support petition read: “We highlight that there is zero concrete evidence that Hsu has performed his duties as VP in an unfair or biased manner. Therefore, removing Hsu from his post as VP would be to capitulate to rumor and character assassination.”

“The power is in your hands to reaffirm free inquiry and free expression as the core values of the academic institutions and show how they align with the other values to which we are all committed and have spent time and energy promoting,” it continued.

It concluded: “The voices demanding Hsu’s removal are exactly wrong in pitting diversity and inclusion against free inquiry and freedom of speech. Instead, true diversity flourishes best under conditions of free inquiry, because such a philosophy demands that everyone have a seat at the table and that views be evaluated on the basis of cogency of the supporting reasoning and strength and internal consistency of the accumulated evidence rather than the identity, power, number, or vociferousness of the people expressing them.”

On June 19, Hsu was asked to resign from his position. He consented, but wrote on his blog: “I do not agree with his decision, as serious issues of Academic Freedom and Freedom of Inquiry are at stake. I fear for the reputation of Michigan State University.”

Days after Hsu stepped down MSU President Samuel Stanley said: “When senior administrators at MSU choose to speak out on any issue, they are viewed as speaking for the university as a whole. Their statements should not leave any room for doubt about their, or our, commitment to the success of faculty, staff and students.”

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Anti-American MSNBC Outraged By Trump Promoting ‘Myth of America’ on July 4th

In an ongoing debate over America and our history, MSNBC has clearly picked a side. And they are not on the side of the American people. During a segment of Monday’s Morning Joe, Willie Geist brought on reporter Yamiche Alcindor to clearly express how the left feels about America. 
Alcindor, a radical activist disguised as PBS NewsHour’s White House correspondent, launched into an anti-American diatribe: 
What the president is doing is positing himself as against this idea there should be a rethinking of American history. He said in that speech, at Mount Rushmore, under the statue of two slave owners, under Theodore Roosevelt, who was pushing for the expansion in the West, including the desecration of Native lands. He’s saying we can’t see the facts of our founders and seek to do away with this myth of America that everyone on July 4th that everyone was created, treated equally. That’s not true.
The “myth of America,” as Alcindor put it, is part of an argument that the radical left loves to make, that America has forever been and always will be deeply evil and must be torn apart and rebuilt. This movement is clear as day for even critics of President Trump, but the fact that the President pointed it out in his speech has the media all worked up, so much so that they prove his point for him. 
 
 
Geist said the quiet part out loud in response:
This has been the President’s view of the movement for social justice for a couple of months now since George Floyd’s death, it was a put out in stark and sometimes stunning terms by the President but he looked at the movement as Yamiche said as agitators, as Antifa, he’s looking at the looters, he’s looking at the subsection of larger movement of people asking to be treated fairly and equally in this country as they have not been for 400 years.
The leftist media wish to completely ignore all of the tremendous progress on race relations that this country has made, particularly in recent decades. Instead of telling the truth about the state of race relations in America and using facts to paint a much clearer picture of the decreasing racial disparities in various aspects of American life, Democrats and their supporters in the press continually push this false narrative in their increasingly cynical pandering for political benefit. 
Humira once again supported MSNBC’s Anti-American messaging. 
Read the full transcript below to learn more. 
MSNBC’s Morning Joe
7-6-20
WILLIE GEIST: The president is drilling deep into his base strategy here. What’s the re-election campaign? Is this it? He’s the man standing in the breech as the radical left tries to undo American civilization? 
YAMICHE ALCINDOR:That’s what it seems like. It seems like the President has really focused in on this culture war strategy, he’s digging in on race, poking at the worst parts of society. And the speech at Mount Rushmore, the thing that stuck with me was that he said the protesters, and he was really talking about Black Lives Matter activists who have been in all 50 states, including red states, they were trying to erase our history and erase the values of America and called the Black Lives Matter movement and this protest movement we’re seeing across the country dangerous. What the president is doing is positing himself as against this idea there should be a rethinking of American history. He said in that speech, at Mount Rushmore, under the statue of two slave owners, under Theodore Roosevelt, who was pushing for the expansion in the West, including the desecration of Native lands. He’s saying we can’t see the facts of our founders and seek to do away with this myth of America that everyone on July 4th that everyone was created, treated equally. That’s not true. The president is looking at this movement and saying what I’m going to do is not join them, be an ally of peaceful protesters, I’m going to tell people our history is the history they want to remember that is false. And to call slavery a flaw. It was not a flaw. It was a mistake that was the original sin of America. 
GEIST: this has been the president’s view of the movement for social justice for a couple of months now since George Floyd’s death, it was a put out in stark and sometimes stunning terms by the president but he looked at the movement as Yamiche said as agitators, as antifa, he’s looking at the looters, he’s looking at the subsection of larger movement of people asking to be treated fairly and equally in this country as they have not been for 400 years
JOHN HEILEMANN: Not surprising in the least, Willie. The president’s racism has been clear for a very long time, clear to new yorkers who remember as far back as Central Park Five and anybody that paid attention to him throughout the administration, the list of his racist views and sympathies and expressions, the way he courted white nationalists, white grievance, white supremacy and espoused the values of white supremacy have been a hallmark of his career before politics.

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COVID Cheerleaders Change the Rules in the Middle of the Game


There is much we don’t understand about the Chinese coronavirus. This includes public health experts, like the basketball player and scarf queen, as well as elected officials and nonelected bureaucrats. One hopes they are recommending and acting based on a desire to do good and an avoidance of harm.

Yet looking beyond cable news sound bites, the motives of many are sinister and in service to their political agenda rather than the public good. Looking back at how COVID events unfolded this year, one can reasonably conclude that reactions to the virus are more about politics and an upcoming election than a viral pandemic. The DNC media is cheerleading any and all bad news while they bury good news such as the success of hydroxychloroquine in cutting the death rate from COVID in half.

Infection data is of utmost importance in guiding decisions about stay-at-home orders, masks, businesses opening and Americans peacefully assembling. Case fatality rates and R-naughts are more of interest to epidemiologists and don’t lend themselves to newspaper headlines and cable news banners.

Recall in April during the peak of the Wuhan virus pandemic how Fox News constantly ran a sidebar showing death totals. Total cases were less important at that time as few could get tested.

At that time, testing for active disease was limited primarily to those admitted to the hospital. Antibody testing was not yet available. Today virtually anyone can get tested at a commercial laboratory for either antigen (active disease) or antibody (previous disease).

Cable news breathlessly reported fatalities, warning of millions of U.S. deaths based on the faulty predictions of disease models relied upon by President Trump and his task force to justify shutting down the country.

Now attention has turned to new cases, suddenly pivoting away from deaths, as the metric of interest. Perhaps because one metric is rising rapidly and the other is flat. Can you guess which is which?

Daily deaths have been declining after peaking in mid-April, and while not zero, have flattened to about 600 per day in the U.S. For comparison, 7,755 people die each day in the U.S. of all causes. If the media spoke of a declining and then flattened death rate, it might create optimism that things are improving in America and that the past four months of hardship was worth it.

Ahead of an election where optimism favors the incumbent, this is not a message the DNC media dares convey to the nation. Instead the focus is on new cases.

CNN reported, “Hospitals face an explosion of COVID and signs of another surge as coronavirus case numbers climb.” The New York Times echoed with, “U.S. reports nearly 50,000 new coronavirus cases, another single-day record.”

YouTube screen grab

Little detail is provided about these “new” cases. Are they sick? Hospitalized? In the ICU on a ventilator? Have they even been tested for the Wuhan virus or are these “presumed” cases?

Scarf queen Dr. Deborah Birx took note in May of “presumed” COVID deaths, based on an assumption of COVID but without a positive test, falsely inflating the death count, “by up to 25 percent.”

COVID deaths had been falsely attributed to those who died of alcohol poisoning and gunshot wounds. By that logic, George Floyd died not from a policeman’s knee on his neck but from COVID as he happened to test positive at autopsy

How much of the current surge is due to presumed, rather than actual, positive tests? Collin County, Texas may offer a peak behind the suspicious surge curtain.

Their health department changed the rules on May 11, 2020. Was that because states were reopening without ill effect? Or because President Trump hadn’t resigned or been impeached again?

Previously the definition of a confirmed case of COVID-19 was that a person MUST have a positive PCR lab result. Contacts of the confirmed case, regardless of symptoms, were not counted as a case as the chart below illustrates. One positive lab result meant only one confirmed case.

Screen shot, Collin County, Texas government

Now the rules have changed with a new “probable case” definition of those in contact with a confirmed or probable case, with symptoms. Suppose my neighbor tested positive for COVID, perhaps tested so he could return to work after having cold symptoms. If I have a new cough at the same time, I am a presumed positive case. If my kids have a sore throat, they are also presumed positive cases.

What if  I only see my neighbor through a car window as we drive past each other? That doesn’t matter. From one total case in the above graphic to 17 total cases in the below graphic, based on the same exact scenario.

 

Collins County, Texas government screen shot

That would be like saying a well-thrown pass counts as a touchdown even if the receiver didn’t catch it or caught it short of the end zone. A well stroked putt that could have gone in, but didn’t, is considered good. Anyone can now “presume” to be Tom Brady or Tiger Woods.

They also define new cases as those with a positive antibody test, even without symptoms. Someone exposed to the Wuhan virus in March, with a positive antibody test in July, is now a “new case,” inflating current numbers.

One simple reason for this so-called surge is more tests means more positive results.  Tens of thousands of young people have been protesting and rioting, many without masks or distancing, receiving free COVID tests provided by the same cities they just looted. Of course, this will lead to more positive tests.

Lastly, health departments have changed the rules for defining positive cases in the middle of the game to falsely inflate the case counts. Why would they do this?

The ruling class, including federal, state, and local health departments, are desperate to prevent a second Trump term. They are banking on the weakest presidential candidate, likely suffering from dementia, winning the presidency, and are doing everything they can to drag him across the finish line. The great Democrat hope is a guy who said, “I’m Joe Biden’s husband, Joe Biden.”

Rising case counts are a great excuse to shut down the country again, as many states are doing, throwing water on a reignited economy. This also stops Trump rallies and keeps Dementia Joe safely in his basement, away from his sparsely attended rallies and the debate stage where he will look like Pee Wee Herman going 15 rounds with Mike Tyson.

It was never about the virus but instead the election. The so-called surge in cases is more fake news pushed by media cheerleaders eager to destroy the U.S. economy and culture if it makes Trump a one-term president. Evil knows no bounds.

Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., is a Denver-based physician and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in American Thinker, Daily Caller, Rasmussen Reports, and other publications. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn, Twitter, and QuodVerum.

There is much we don’t understand about the Chinese coronavirus. This includes public health experts, like the basketball player and scarf queen, as well as elected officials and nonelected bureaucrats. One hopes they are recommending and acting based on a desire to do good and an avoidance of harm.

Yet looking beyond cable news sound bites, the motives of many are sinister and in service to their political agenda rather than the public good. Looking back at how COVID events unfolded this year, one can reasonably conclude that reactions to the virus are more about politics and an upcoming election than a viral pandemic. The DNC media is cheerleading any and all bad news while they bury good news such as the success of hydroxychloroquine in cutting the death rate from COVID in half.

Infection data is of utmost importance in guiding decisions about stay-at-home orders, masks, businesses opening and Americans peacefully assembling. Case fatality rates and R-naughts are more of interest to epidemiologists and don’t lend themselves to newspaper headlines and cable news banners.

Recall in April during the peak of the Wuhan virus pandemic how Fox News constantly ran a sidebar showing death totals. Total cases were less important at that time as few could get tested.

At that time, testing for active disease was limited primarily to those admitted to the hospital. Antibody testing was not yet available. Today virtually anyone can get tested at a commercial laboratory for either antigen (active disease) or antibody (previous disease).

Cable news breathlessly reported fatalities, warning of millions of U.S. deaths based on the faulty predictions of disease models relied upon by President Trump and his task force to justify shutting down the country.

Now attention has turned to new cases, suddenly pivoting away from deaths, as the metric of interest. Perhaps because one metric is rising rapidly and the other is flat. Can you guess which is which?

Daily deaths have been declining after peaking in mid-April, and while not zero, have flattened to about 600 per day in the U.S. For comparison, 7,755 people die each day in the U.S. of all causes. If the media spoke of a declining and then flattened death rate, it might create optimism that things are improving in America and that the past four months of hardship was worth it.

Ahead of an election where optimism favors the incumbent, this is not a message the DNC media dares convey to the nation. Instead the focus is on new cases.

CNN reported, “Hospitals face an explosion of COVID and signs of another surge as coronavirus case numbers climb.” The New York Times echoed with, “U.S. reports nearly 50,000 new coronavirus cases, another single-day record.”

YouTube screen grab

Little detail is provided about these “new” cases. Are they sick? Hospitalized? In the ICU on a ventilator? Have they even been tested for the Wuhan virus or are these “presumed” cases?

Scarf queen Dr. Deborah Birx took note in May of “presumed” COVID deaths, based on an assumption of COVID but without a positive test, falsely inflating the death count, “by up to 25 percent.”

COVID deaths had been falsely attributed to those who died of alcohol poisoning and gunshot wounds. By that logic, George Floyd died not from a policeman’s knee on his neck but from COVID as he happened to test positive at autopsy

How much of the current surge is due to presumed, rather than actual, positive tests? Collin County, Texas may offer a peak behind the suspicious surge curtain.

Their health department changed the rules on May 11, 2020. Was that because states were reopening without ill effect? Or because President Trump hadn’t resigned or been impeached again?

Previously the definition of a confirmed case of COVID-19 was that a person MUST have a positive PCR lab result. Contacts of the confirmed case, regardless of symptoms, were not counted as a case as the chart below illustrates. One positive lab result meant only one confirmed case.

Screen shot, Collin County, Texas government

Now the rules have changed with a new “probable case” definition of those in contact with a confirmed or probable case, with symptoms. Suppose my neighbor tested positive for COVID, perhaps tested so he could return to work after having cold symptoms. If I have a new cough at the same time, I am a presumed positive case. If my kids have a sore throat, they are also presumed positive cases.

What if  I only see my neighbor through a car window as we drive past each other? That doesn’t matter. From one total case in the above graphic to 17 total cases in the below graphic, based on the same exact scenario.

 

Collins County, Texas government screen shot

That would be like saying a well-thrown pass counts as a touchdown even if the receiver didn’t catch it or caught it short of the end zone. A well stroked putt that could have gone in, but didn’t, is considered good. Anyone can now “presume” to be Tom Brady or Tiger Woods.

They also define new cases as those with a positive antibody test, even without symptoms. Someone exposed to the Wuhan virus in March, with a positive antibody test in July, is now a “new case,” inflating current numbers.

One simple reason for this so-called surge is more tests means more positive results.  Tens of thousands of young people have been protesting and rioting, many without masks or distancing, receiving free COVID tests provided by the same cities they just looted. Of course, this will lead to more positive tests.

Lastly, health departments have changed the rules for defining positive cases in the middle of the game to falsely inflate the case counts. Why would they do this?

The ruling class, including federal, state, and local health departments, are desperate to prevent a second Trump term. They are banking on the weakest presidential candidate, likely suffering from dementia, winning the presidency, and are doing everything they can to drag him across the finish line. The great Democrat hope is a guy who said, “I’m Joe Biden’s husband, Joe Biden.”

Rising case counts are a great excuse to shut down the country again, as many states are doing, throwing water on a reignited economy. This also stops Trump rallies and keeps Dementia Joe safely in his basement, away from his sparsely attended rallies and the debate stage where he will look like Pee Wee Herman going 15 rounds with Mike Tyson.

It was never about the virus but instead the election. The so-called surge in cases is more fake news pushed by media cheerleaders eager to destroy the U.S. economy and culture if it makes Trump a one-term president. Evil knows no bounds.

Brian C. Joondeph, M.D., is a Denver-based physician and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in American Thinker, Daily Caller, Rasmussen Reports, and other publications. Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn, Twitter, and QuodVerum.

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Chicago Violence Escalates on Fourth of July Weekend, Leading to High Death Toll

One of Chicago’s bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effort to quell the violence with an additional 1,200 police officers on the streets. The violence was far worse than last year, when the long Fourth…

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Police Officer Killed on 4th of July Had Heartbreaking Final Words

An Ohio police officer uttered his last words to dispatchers after he was shot just after midnight on Saturday. “Tell my family I love them,” Toledo police officer Anthony Dia said, according to a transcript of the call. Dia, 26, was shot and killed after responding to a report of a drunken man in a…

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Rap Star Uses Slur To Attack Black Conservatives

Rapper Snoop Dogg attacked a number of prominent black conservatives by denigrating them using a racial slur. The rapper, whose legal name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., took to Instagram on Sunday to disparage Herman Cain, Candace Owens, Terrance K. Williams and Pastor Darrell C. Scott, among others. In a post without comment, Snoop Dogg…

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AOC Mocks Cruz for Calling Dems Radical – And He Absolutely Flattens Her

Far-left New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not appreciate it when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz proclaimed that “Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists. That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them.” According to Ocasio-Cortez, the fact that Joe Biden, a so-called moderate, is the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee proves that her party…

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Colin Kaepernick Mocks Independence Day, Calls July 4th ‘White Supremacist’ ‘Celebration’

Kaepernick is so willing to captain any team that he has signed on to be quarterback of a literal anti-American resistance. Geez, who would’ve thought? After all, his fans told us he wore socks depicting police as pigs and fanboyed over Fidel Castro because of his love for America! Surely, he would tone down the rhetoric at some point, right?
Wrong.
The disgraced QB took to Twitter on July 4th to literally bash our country, because how else do you treat someone on their birthday other than telling them they suck, or that their birthday means nothing to a large group of people? 
Sharing a video of African American plight in the U.S. from the dawn of our country’s history to the present day, Kaepernick wrote an Independence Day message that vilified the nation’s history and its tradition of 4th of July celebrations. Kaepernick tweeted, “Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence,’ while you enslaved our ancestors.” 
Hmmm, will those slave owners among us please stand up?
Still, he added, “We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.” So what Kaepernick is selling to his 2.3 million Twitter followers is that the 4th of July is a white supremacist holiday now. We have seriously jumped the shark, haven’t we?
The video Kaepernick shared, which has acquired nearly 4 million views in two days, featured audio of actor James Earl Jones reading Frederick Douglas’ famous speech, titled, “What is the slave to the 4th of July?” In the audio, which played over images of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan and modern images of police brutality against African Americans, Jones recited, “What have I, or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and natural justice embodied in that declaration of independence, extended to us?”
Of course, Kaepernick’s intended goal for the powerful audio is make us emotionally vulnerable to the idea that modern America, with its policing and “white privilege,” is oppressing blacks the same way Douglas felt oppressed when he gave this speech. Though when the great African American lawyer and orator gave this speech, the year was 1852 and he was speaking to a female political group called the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.
Kaepernick’s employment of that speech to characterize the current moment is grossly misleading. Anyone who has a first grade knowledge of history, knows that Douglas was speaking prior to the Civil War, Emancipation, and the ending of the Jim Crow era. But because Kaepernick is one of the faces of the Black Lives Matter narrative of systemic racism, white guilt and police brutality against African Americans – which there is no evidence of – he’s got to sell the current cultural moment as if it was as important as Emancipation.
And for the sake of those myths, he gets to trash the country that, in the words of Donald Trump, abolished “slavery for all time?” Everyone who actively celebrates 4th of July now is a “white supremacist?” Are we taking crazy pills?
The ultimate irony is that the American activist once earnestly celebrated the fourth himself back in 2011. Conservatives on Twitter retweeted Kaepernick’s July 4th celebration tweets from 2011. How could Kaepernick have a race-baiting career with a past celebrating white supremacy? Any comment Nike, or Disney, for that matter? 
 

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Company Connected to Pelosi’s Husband Scored Coronavirus Bailout


A company connected to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband received a loan from the Trump administration’s $669 billion Paycheck Protection Program, a Small Business Administration-led fund designed to provide financial relief to businesses in the wake of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Bloomberg News first reported:

Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman described Paul Pelosi as an investor in the firm, which turned up in loan-level disclosures for the program that were released Monday by the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration. […]

EDI Associates is listed as a recipient of a loan between $350,000 and $1 million. The same company was listed in Nancy Pelosi’s latest House financial disclosure report filed in May 2019, for the year 2018.  […]

EDI Associates is listed in Pelosi’s disclosure form as located in Sonoma, California. It’s identified as a limited partnership with an investment in the El Dorado Hotel. The value of the asset on the form — identified as belonging to Pelosi’s spouse — is listed as between $250,001 and $500,000.

“He’s an investor. So, he was not aware the loan was applied for,” Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said in a statement to the business news outlet.

The revelation comes after Pelosi criticized the Trump administration’s handling of the PPP program.

The Trump administration’s concealment of PPP loan data was a disturbing sign of its complete indifference to ensuring that Paycheck Protection Program funds go first and foremost to the most vulnerable small businesses on Main Street. Its reversal is an overdue step toward securing the transparency needed to ensure struggling small businesses, particularly minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, are getting the vital assistance they need to survive and retain their workers.

The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money from a program that likely helped prevent the job market meltdown from growing worse but that also benefited some politically connected firms.

Recipients covered a broad swath of industries, with some that were less directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, such as manufacturing and construction, receiving a greater proportion of the loans than the hard-hit restaurant, bar, and hotel industries. Many law firms and private equity companies also obtained loans.

Businesses owned by politicians also borrowed from the Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection Program, including a minor league baseball team owned by the family of the governor of Ohio. A large franchisee of Wendy’s, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut restaurants, whose CEO is a major donor to President Donald Trump, received loans totaling between $15 and $30 million.

The program launched April 3 and as of June 30 had handed out $521 billion. Treasury identified just a fraction of the total borrowers Monday, naming only those companies that got more than $150,000. Those firms made up less than 15% of the nearly five million small companies and organizations that received loans.

Economists generally credit the program with helping prevent the job market meltdown from being much worse. Employers added 7.5 million jobs in May and June, a solid increase though it left the economy with nearly 15 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic. The PPP probably drove some of that gain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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