Katie Couric Lied So You Could Feel Good about Your Opinion — Paradox


Will Truman

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23 Responses

  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    This reminds me of something I saw earlier: Epic Correction of the Decade.

    I’ll lift this shamelessly from the blog post:

    The original article was called “Correlation not causation: the relationship between personality traits and political ideologies,” and was written by three academics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Here’s the relevant part of the abstract:

    Work in psychology, behavioral genetics, and recently political science, however, has demonstrated that political preferences also develop in childhood and are equally influenced by genetic factors. These findings cast doubt on the assumed causal relationship between personality and politics. Here we test the causal relationship between personality traits and political attitudes using a direction of causation structural model on a genetically informative sample. The results suggest that personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes; rather, the correlation between the two is a function of an innate common underlying genetic factor.

    So far, so good, right?

    Well, when you get to the correction, you see this:

    The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed. (Emphasis added.)

    I have goosebumps.Report

  2. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    Whatever. Fake but accurate. We all know it’s what they really believe.Report

  3. Avatar Stillwater says:

    As one of our former commenters might say: “What Couric is expressing is more true than the truth!”Report

  4. Avatar notme says:

    Apparently Couric plans to stand by her truthiness. Why edit it to be accurate when you want to start a discussion?

    Katie Couric Says ‘Under the Gun’ Will Not Be Redone to Remove Deceptive Edit


  5. Avatar pillsy says:

    But let’s not lay the blame fully on Couric.

    No, let’s. The idea that professionals, which is what Couric purports to be, are helpless in the face of short-term incentives, is absolutely pernicious.Report

  6. Avatar Joe Sal says:

    Stuff like this is why the liberal faction carries such negative connotations.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg in reply to Joe Sal says:

      It’s not like the right doesn’t have its fair share of hack journalists.Report

      • Avatar notme in reply to Brandon Berg says:

        So Couric is now a “hack journalist”? That’s odd bc I thought she was well respected. Sounds like pathetic attempt to downplay her actions. Maybe you could give us an example of a right wing journalist that is as respected as Couric and has done the same thing. Let’s compare apples to apples.Report

        • Avatar Rmass in reply to notme says:

          Well we could, if you could find a right wing journalist who did not okeefe themselves out before they got the nightly news.Report

        • Avatar Damon in reply to notme says:

          You won’t find one. They don’t exist. Why? Who do you “well respected” moniker comes from within the journo community, ergo, since they are all mainly liberal, they’ll never gift that label to anyone 1 degree right of them.Report