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  • Klein, Krugman Offer Biased Views of Confirmation Bias

    04/11/2014 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail." Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only...
  • Reddit’s science forum banned climate deniers. Why don’t all newspapers do the same?

    12/23/2013 3:05:35 PM PST · by Third Person · 37 replies
    The Grist ^ | December 16th, 2013 | Nathan Allen
    In addition to my career as a PhD chemist, I am one of a select few who enjoy the privilege of moderating content on reddit.com’s science forum. The science forum is a small part of reddit, but it nonetheless enjoys over 4 million subscribers. By comparison, that’s roughly twice the circulation of The New York Times. The forum, known as /r/science, provides a digital space for discussions about recent, peer-reviewed scientific publications. This puts us (along with /r/AskScience) on the front line of the science-public interface. On our little page, scientists and nonscientists can connect through discussions on everything from...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • MSNBC fake twitter scandal widens-Lib Blogger finds Ed Shultz using paid spambots to promote show

    03/03/2013 10:26:47 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 27 replies
    goblinbooks ^ | 3/3/2013
    In the wake of the discovery that the Rachel Maddow show has been promoted by multiple fake twitter accounts, a liberal blogger has found MSNBC host Ed Schultz guilty of the same "sleazy but legal" behavior. A portion of what he found: "Also, the blog Help The 99ers has examples of Twitter spam involving the Ed Show... and these accounts are different. In these cases there's a connection to an actual company that offers web promotion services. Here are phrases promoting the show that seem to involve spammers: Hahahahahaha, what threatening e-mails. #edshow #p2 #p21 Oh boy, Michael .E.Dyson is...
  • There Are No Conservatives Worth Following on Social Media

    09/13/2012 4:14:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue., Sep. 11 2012 | Dan Mitchell
    "Follow liberally," exhorts Liz Heron. "You never know who will lead you to discover something unique or important." This is one of "The Rules of Social Media" that Fast Company thinks we all should adhere to. Heron, who runs social media for the Wall Street Journal, doesn't mean "liberally" in a political sense. But if she did, I would tell her that I don't really have any choice: When it comes to politics, there are no conservatives worth following. This is not good for the conservative movement, and it's not good for America. Heron is right: The more different kinds...
  • The False Modesty of 'Nerds'

    05/02/2012 11:19:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    Washington is full of nerds. I know. I speak nerd, not fluently mind you, at least not anymore. But I certainly know more than a few phrases memorized from a Berlitz nerd-to-English phrase book. I can talk Dungeons & Dragons (both D&D and AD&D). I know about the Golden Age of Comics (as in comic books -- if you thought that was a reference to Bob Newhart's heyday, subtract 20 nerd points right there). Anyway, if you spend any time in Washington you'll find nerds. What happens is most of them sublimate their fixations with comics, or baseball cards, or...
  • GOP candidates rush to mention cybersecurity in debate closing

    11/23/2011 7:07:47 PM PST · by Fred · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 112311 | Josh Peterson
    Several GOP presidential candidates rushed in the last minutes of Tuesday evening’s CNN-sponsored national security debate to address an issue not otherwise mentioned: cybersecurity. During closing remarks Texas Governor Rick Perry, Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich rounded out the evening — which largely focused on Iran, Pakistan and the Patriot Act — by telling debate watchers that they believed cyber attacks were an emerging threat. CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer, and audience questioners, steered clear of the issue of cybersecurity during the evening. In response to conservative columnist Marc Theissen’ question about which foreign policy or national security...
  • The MSM: Closed-Circuit TV for the Ruling Class

    08/24/2010 11:26:13 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Eddriscoll.com ^ | August 24, 2010 | Ed Driscoll
    ...Can a medium completely lose touch with its audience, and start producing product solely for itself? As I written before, it happened 60 years ago in jazz, eventually transforming that genre from the popular American music to an insular art form called bebop, which eventually concluded that the audience wasn’t necessary. And the audience quickly took the hint, which is why jazz is now seen in small nightclubs and in the mausoleum of Lincoln Center, and not at your local hockey arena.... A comment by a reader the other day referencing Rush Limbaugh’s line from last week that the news...
  • Andrea Mitchell: I Thought Al Gore Settled the Global Warming Issue

    08/18/2010 1:14:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/18/10 | Jeff Poor
    One may think that someone as well connected as long-time Washington correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell might also connect the dots. After an unseasonably rough DC winter occurring right in the midst of the ClimateGate scandal, she would be aware of doubt being cast over the idea of manmade global warming. But if you want evidence her mind is made up regardless of any of this, you could detect from her reaction to a report from Politco's Jim VandeHei that some Republican candidates are using the climate change debate to advance their campaigns. (Snip) ''"It just seems that I
  • E-mail furor doesn't alter evidence for climate change

    12/18/2009 9:46:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 72 replies · 2,182+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2009 | Michael E. Mann
    I cannot condone some things that colleagues of mine wrote or requested in the e-mails recently stolen from a climate research unit at a British university. But the messages do not undermine the scientific case that human-caused climate change is real. The hacked e-mails have been mined for words and phrases that can be distorted to misrepresent what the scientists were discussing. In a Dec. 9 op-ed, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin argued that "The e-mails reveal that leading climate 'experts' . . . manipulated data to 'hide the decline' in global temperatures." Yet the e-mail she cites was written...
  • Deniergate: Turning the tables on climate sceptics ( Really?)

    12/17/2009 1:02:06 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 72 replies · 1,543+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 15:54 14 December 2009 | Michael Marshall and Michael Le Page
    "Climategate" has put scientists on trial in the court of public opinion. If you believe climate sceptics, a huge body of evidence involving the work of tens of thousands of scientists over more than a century should be thrown out on the basis of the alleged misconduct of a handful of researchers, even though nothing in the hacked emails has been shown to undermine any of the scientific conclusions. If we are going to judge the truth of claims on the behaviour of those making them, it seems only fair to look at the behaviour of a few of...
  • MSM's Popularity Joins It In The Tank

    10/28/2009 12:14:36 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 5 replies · 524+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 10/28/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Great news...ridiculous analysis. There have been a lot of bad days recently for what’s come to be known as the mainstream media — or MSM — but Monday was one of the worst. New circulation figures showed that big city papers had lost as much as a quarter of their circulation in the past six months. And new TV ratings showed that CNN, the cable network that prides itself on news coverage down the middle, finished dead last in prime time against more partisan rivals like Fox News and MSNBC. Are the two connected? Yes, but not at all in...
  • Wikipedia + MSNBC = Bias Squared

    09/15/2009 11:05:46 PM PDT · by FrontPageMag.com · 15 replies · 743+ views
    NewsRealBlog.com ^ | September 15, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    NRO's "The Corner" discusses Wiki's bias Over at NRO’s “The Corner,” Jay Nordlinger tangentially mentioned Wikipedia’s left-wing bias. (Also read John J. Miller’s excellent article.) What does one get when a biased Internet medium covers biased MSM “journalists”? In one, minor case, the Wikipedia profile of MSNBC’s David Shuster calls him: “a regional Emmy award winning American journalist for NBC News and MSNBC.” David Shuster filled in for Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown Monday. Here are a few of the questions this “journalist” asked about the 9/12 rally of his guest, Clarence Page, in the opening segment alone: It seemed...
  • Hugh Hewitt: Forced Perspective: Deaniacs convinced themselves there's something big going on.

    12/18/2003 6:39:34 AM PST · by Hillary's Folly · 20 replies · 223+ views
    Daily Standard ^ | Hugh Hewitt
    HOWARD DEAN may have jumped the shark with his declaration that "the capture of Saddam has not made America safer," but don't tell that to the online world that the Dean campaign has built for itself. Over at Blog for America, the official blog of the Dean campaign, Dean's astonishing and obstinately blinkered lift-off into the far fields of political rhetoric passed almost unnoticed as the zealots rallied around the campaign's outrage over the independent expenditure committee ad running in primary states accusing Dean of lacking the foreign policy and national security credentials necessary to challenge President Bush in a...
  • Armey leaves House with call for freedom

    12/06/2002 2:13:02 PM PST · by jern · 39 replies · 220+ views
    SFchronicle.com ^ | Dec 6, 2002 | Carolyn Lochhead
    <p>Washington -- Departing House Majority Leader Dick Armey warned that the nation must guard against the "awful, dangerous seduction" of sacrificing freedom for safety in the fight against terrorism.</p> <p>It is no small irony that this Republican conservative firebrand is ending his 18-year House career as Washington's premier defender of individual freedom against alleged incursions by the Bush administration.</p>