Amanda Carey is a friend of mine (she was a Koch summer fellow in 2009 with Will and me, and we interned at Reason together), she’s an awesome person, and it’s really cool that she’s managed to get a full time, paying job as a journalist (not an easy thing to do!). But she kind of goes off the deep end in this short Daily Caller piece about Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity “get moving” program, which encourages people to walk more, is to blame for the recent spike in pedestrian deaths:
Pedestrian deaths increased sharply during the first half of 2010, according to the GHSA.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Harsha said that while there are not yet definitive answers as to why there were more pedestrian deaths in 2010 than 2009, Obama’s “get moving” movement could be at least partially to blame.
“There’s an emphasis these days to getting fit, and I think people doing that are more exposed to risk [of getting hit by a vehicle],” Harsha told the Examiner. “Obviously, further study is needed.”
Nice job by Harsha making a preposterous claim supported by no evidence whatsoever and then backing away from it by citing the need for “further study”. Even by Daily Caller standards this is absurd.