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Breitbart hoaxed: Supposed article in "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry" is absolutely a fake

Posted on 02/10/2012 9:37:40 AM PST by Maceman

A Breitbart.tv video was posted last night on FR under the title: "Study: Distrust of Government A Mental Disorder."

The video at Breitbart discusses and condemns a study that supposedly was published by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (JCP), regarding a mental condition called "anti-government phobia."

You can see the video here.

At last count, the FR post had 89 responses, virtually all of which express Freeper outrage at this supposed attempt to pathologize disagreement with the federal government.

The whole thing seemed fishy to me, especially since the video does not cite or show the specific issue of JCP in which this study supposedly appeared. So I did some Googling and found numerous hits from various political websites discussing and condemning this study.

The Google links show that this study was supposedly conducted by Ivor E. Tower, MD (Ivory Tower, get it?), and appeared in Volume 11, series 3, pp. 4-5.

Besides the obviously phony name of the study author, I went to the JCP website and noted that the current volume is Volume 73, which means that Volume 11 would have been published 62 years ago.

Just to be certain that this really is a hoax, I called the publisher of JCP (Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.) in Memphis, and spoke with the Director of Operations. While on the phone, she did an author search in both JCP and also its companion publication, "The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders (PCC)."

Her search showed that there is not, and never has been, any author named Ivor E. Tower, and that this supposed study was never published by either JCP or PCC.

In other words, Breitbart fell for the hoax, and so, apparently, did more than 80 Freepers who responded to the video when it was posted here.

I took the trouble to research this because I do not want to see conservatives further distributing this hoax, nor publicly using this supposed study to justify their legitimate concerns about the alarming direction of the US government under the Obama administration. Doing so will only cause our legitimate complaints to be discredited by leftists in the media, academia and government who will ridicule us for making outlandish, paranoid complaints about something that doesn't even exist.

So be warned. Please do not pay any attention to this supposed study. I hope Breitbart takes it down.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: vanity

1 posted on 02/10/2012 9:37:46 AM PST by Maceman
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To: Maceman

Great work!!!


2 posted on 02/10/2012 9:39:49 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Maceman
"Ivor E. Tower?"

And Andrew fell for it?

3 posted on 02/10/2012 9:40:09 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Too many lawmakers, too many laws, too many lawyers.)
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To: Maceman

Good work!


4 posted on 02/10/2012 9:41:34 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Maceman

Nice Job. Hoax’s like this just show the depths hoaxers(leftist Cs er’s) will go to, to attack and vilify Conservatives.


5 posted on 02/10/2012 9:44:45 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

—”Ivor E. Tower?”

And Andrew fell for it?—

You and I are thinking the same thing.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 9:44:59 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Joe the Pimpernel

Lately, there have been so many attempts to call all sorts of common emotional states *pathology* that it is difficult to determine satire from reality.

I do agree that the name of the *researcher* was a giveaway.


7 posted on 02/10/2012 9:45:34 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Maceman

Perhaps, the physicians and other professionals should form a network of guardians against lay conservatives making fools of themselves responding to issues they don’t comprehend? Or, maybe we’d only make things worse, because at this point Camp Treblinka in Brooklyn NY wouldn’t surprise me?


8 posted on 02/10/2012 9:45:34 AM PST by STD (It Doesn't Take a Real Political Panjandrum to Cut Taxes & Cut Spending Stupid!)
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To: Maceman

You linked to the video. Could you link to Andrew’s article? I’d like to read it.


9 posted on 02/10/2012 9:45:40 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Maceman

That study might be fake, but this isn’t:

http://www.amazon.com/Liberal-Mind-Psychological-Political-Madness/dp/097795630X/

Just sayin’


10 posted on 02/10/2012 9:46:08 AM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: cuban leaf

—You linked to the video. Could you link to Andrew’s article? I’d like to read it.—

Never mind. I was doing three things at once and my brain derailed. Only minor damage, thank God.


11 posted on 02/10/2012 9:46:34 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Maceman

At the risk of belaboring the obvious, you did pass your findings on to Breitbart, didn’t you?


12 posted on 02/10/2012 9:49:39 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Maceman

I kind of wondered about that one. It sounded pretty much like The Onion, the way it was written. I wouldn’t put it past the APA to publish something like that, to fill up the space left when they decided that gayness was not a mental disorder. But they’d do it a bit less comically than that.

Anyway, I didn’t post a comment on it, I don’t think.


13 posted on 02/10/2012 9:51:00 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Maceman

The misfortune of quoting obscure, expensive journals and being too cheap to subscribe. Now they are getting the free press and “authority” they sought in the first place. The trouble with being conservative is that logic can actually influence your opinion.

By CBS logic, the hoax goes to prove the bias of the other side. The mere fact that it was a hoax by left wing conspirators makes it true that anybody living on government grants has a bias toward the government. Where’s the witch hunt for the hoaxers? Problem Solved.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 9:51:34 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Steamburg

This whole incident just shows how much people enjoy being outraged at things.


15 posted on 02/10/2012 9:53:53 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Slings and Arrows
At the risk of belaboring the obvious, you did pass your findings on to Breitbart, didn’t you?

No, I didn't. I thought about adding a comment, but when I looked, there were already 162 comments, and I didn't think mine would get any attention because there were so many others.

Besides, I gotta figure that Breitbart or someone in his circle would see my post here on FR.

But by all means, feel free to pass this on to Breitbart if you're so inclined.

16 posted on 02/10/2012 9:54:56 AM PST by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: Maceman; AZConservative

AZ Conservative has competition.


17 posted on 02/10/2012 10:05:26 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Maceman

This might be a parody of a real study that was posted in Science Daily last November, from the American Psychological Association. (Originally published in the APA’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111121142446.htm

Headlined by ‘Reason’ as “New Study: People Outsource Their Ignorance to Government”.

“The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.”


18 posted on 02/10/2012 10:07:21 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Maceman

In related news...

Shyness, grieving soon to be classified as mental illness

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/02/09/shyness-illness-in-dangerous-health-book-experts-say/?test=latestnews#ixzz1m0F1ttWc


19 posted on 02/10/2012 10:10:21 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Maceman

It was either pulled or the search features sucks (again)


20 posted on 02/10/2012 10:12:49 AM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: wolfcreek
It was either pulled or the search features sucks (again)

Yes, I just reloaded the window where I had the FR post open, and see that the moderator just pulled it a few minutes ago. The reason: "Under review."

21 posted on 02/10/2012 10:21:39 AM PST by Maceman (Liberals' only problem with American slavery is that the slaves were privately owned.)
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To: Maceman

Thanks for the additional research contribution.

If you had the original FR thread post-count, why did you not post the link??? And cross-post your thread??? That’s how FR research “should” work (along with appropriate “keywords”-—HINT: keyword “vanity” is not helpful for FR research of the subject under discussion)

The original thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2844698/posts

BTW: The thread has been pulled. Admin Mod says it is “under review,” BUT posts in that thread had already posted that Breitbart may have been hoaxed and cited the same absence of corroboration from the alleged source.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 10:24:36 AM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: Maceman
Excellent work, analysis, and conclusion.

I would like to add that this hoax is disinformation, and as such, if perpetrated by a leftist or government employee, it fails to disprove the theory, by the facts being false.

23 posted on 02/10/2012 10:25:32 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: Maceman
"I took the trouble to research this because I do not want to see conservatives further distributing this hoax, nor publicly using this supposed study to justify their legitimate concerns about the alarming direction of the US government under the Obama administration."

Thanks so much for doing so. Sadly to say I am finding so many on FreeRepublic only read the first few lines of the article then start posting comments.

Also I find that my conservative friends keep passing around these phoney e-mails as if they are complete truth. They don't take the time to check them out. :-(

24 posted on 02/10/2012 10:40:18 AM PST by Spunky ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: reformedliberal

You sound paranoid! /sarc


25 posted on 02/10/2012 10:47:06 AM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Maceman

A ‘companion’ piece. Bretbart on a roll?

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.74114b94784222f443eb9cb09e0cddf0.131


26 posted on 02/10/2012 10:49:21 AM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Navy Patriot
I would like to add that this hoax is disinformation, and as such, if perpetrated by a leftist or government employee, it fails to disprove the theory, by the facts being false.

Oh please, it's not disinformation or some sort of conspiracy, it's someone having a laugh trying to see how stupid and/or gullible Breitbart and posters on conservative bulletin boards can be.

If it was disinformation the author wouldn't be Ivor E. Tower.

27 posted on 02/10/2012 10:57:55 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Spunky
What makes this even worse is I did some quick googling and the original hoax article is from 2005.
28 posted on 02/10/2012 11:04:50 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Maceman

Very good work. We need more critical thinking around here.

On the other hand, it doesn’t sound that different from this real study: http://www.livescience.com/18132-intelligence-social-conservatism-racism.html


29 posted on 02/10/2012 11:14:49 AM PST by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: Maceman

You can find plenty of threads on FR going back years where the first half of the thread is filled with outrage and the second half filled with mocking as it becomes evident the “news” was from semi-satire or better yet, the Onion.


30 posted on 02/10/2012 11:15:29 AM PST by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: Venturer

It also shows just how easy it is to hoax gullible idiots like Breitbart, and how stupid he makes the rest of us look by (unfair) association.


31 posted on 02/10/2012 4:03:22 PM PST by WuzYoungOnceToo
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To: WuzYoungOnceToo
“It also shows just how easy it is to hoax gullible idiots like Breitbart, and how stupid he makes the rest of us look by (unfair) association.”

I doubt if there is one person out there who hasn't fallen for a hoax. I've noticed that the press has become extremely lazy about checking out sources, including the conservative media. I've sent in research before to various news outlet correcting information they have dispersed. Often, I'm ignored.

What about the great warming hoax that the media keeps perpetuating? Now talk about stupid.

Hopefully, Breitbart’s crew checks things more thoroughly after this.

32 posted on 02/11/2012 5:45:44 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: Maceman

Brietbart knew it was fake.


33 posted on 02/11/2012 5:52:48 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama...The real Axis of Evil...Washington, New York City and Hollywood.)
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