Friday, August 11, 2017

Everyone misreads a public text

NY Times columnist (and Jewish Trump hater) David Brooks writes:
The first actor is James Damore, who wrote the memo. In it, he was trying to explain why 80 percent of Google’s tech employees are male. He agreed that there are large cultural biases but also pointed to a genetic component.
Actually the memo does not mention this 80% of Google, nor does it mention a genetic component.
Geoffrey Miller, a prominent evolutionary psychologist, wrote in Quillette, “For what it’s worth, I think that almost all of the Google memo’s empirical claims are scientifically accurate.”
The memo cites the research.
He [Google CEO Sundar Pichai] fired Damore and wrote, “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not O.K.”

That is a blatantly dishonest characterization of the memo. Damore wrote nothing like that about his Google colleagues. ...

As Conor Friedersdorf wrote in The Atlantic, “I cannot remember the last time so many outlets and observers mischaracterized so many aspects of a text everyone possessed.”
Maybe the last time Pres. Trump tweeted?

Almost every Trump-hater mischaracterizes what he said, even tho the accurate sources are readily available to everyone.

Another example is the US Intelligence Community report on Russian influence. All the mainstream media reported that this said that 17 intelligence agencies unequivocally concluded that Putin manipulated the US election. In fact the main conclusion was that 2 agencies had high confidence that the Kremlin attempted some influence, mostly in the form of anti-American propaganda on the RT channel. It specifically denies that it has any certainty, or that Russia had any influence over the election, or that there is agreement in the intelligence community. Apparently 1 agency thought that Russia wanted to put out anti-Clinton messages, but did not think that Trump would win and was not trying to help him.

And most of the attacks on Trump are based on hearsay and anonymous sources. If the press cannot get the public documents right, I certainly cannot trust it with anonymous sources telling implausible stories.

So why do some many ppl, from Trump-haters to CEOs to CNN to the Ctrl-Left get these things wrong? It appears that either they are very stupid, or very dishonest, or they are wearing ideological blinders or some sort. Or some combination. The best term for these ppl is Fake News.

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