Last seen out drinking with friends or at a party(and coincidentally...)
Were under the influence of alcohol(proximity is key in her argument)
Lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana or Chicago the area surrounding(That narrows it down to less than 10% of the land mass of America)
Became separated from the friends with whom they started the evening(Um, Jess, that's a symptom of drowning, not a cause)
All disappeared between the hours of 10 PM and 4 AM(Timing is everything. Very few college drunks show up at 9:15 in the morning)
All disappeared between the months of September and April(Or when class isn't in session)
The closed cases were all determined to be accidental drowning or possible(Because of...wait for it) Many of those found drowned were found in the Mississippi River, Red Cedar River or Lake Michigan ("And the reason we can tell it was murder?" you ask.)
Victim's body, if found, had no signs of strangulation - gunshot - stab or other(Using the powers of Bucher-reasoning, Jess determines a likely common factor)
obvious sign of murder
Were reported missing by friends or family(That clinches it for me, Jess. It must be the work of a criminal genius)
You wonder why I bother to make fun of this trash?
McBride sets herself up as a teacher of journalism at UW-M. If this is the heights of her critical thinking skills then her students and employer are being short-changed. Kevin Barrett's theories are no more or less wrong than this pap.
McBride has the bully pulpit of a show on WTMJ. There are people who believe this woman knows something about the topics upon which she speaks. If her other arguments are built on such a faulty foundation as this she shouldn't be able to draw a crowd while standing on a peach box downtown.
McBride and her family have some standing in the community. If this is an indication of the way in which her household builds arguments I'm scared for their children and the people they influence.
This sort of "the sky is falling" mindless causality-seeking has parallels in modern government and politics. It is the breeder of the mind-numbing dread that holds this country in its thrall. We need clear headed leaders of opinion, not conspiracy-fogged parrots telling us to be afraid of the things that make up the fabric of our lives.
This piece would be sad if not for the fact that there are people who read it and agreed that McBride deserved anything other than bully-ragging and derision for having written it. We are all just a little bit worse off for having read it.