THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020
They're much better than these journalists: We've been at our current task, at our current site, for almost twenty-three years now.
We're still astonished by the things These Upper-End Journalists say. We're also routinely amazed by the howlers they put into print.
In the category of howling errors, consider this morning's column by the Washington Post's Michele Norris. In a column about black reluctance to take a vaccine, Norris emits this stone-cold, script-aligned howler:
NORRIS (12/10/20): We are not just tussling with historical wrongs. A recent study of White medical students found that half believed that Black patients had a higher tolerance for pain and were more likely to prescribe inadequate medical treatment as a result.
Is that statement accurate? Did a recent study really find that "half [of white medical students] believed that Black patients had a higher tolerance for pain?"
We clicked two links, starting with the link Norris provides. This let us examine the eleven questions the medical students were asked.
More precisely, the students were asked to evaluate the accuracy of eleven different statements. And uh-oh:
Among third- and fourth-year medical students, only one, out of 87 in all, evaluated the relevant statement in the way Norris describes. And that one student may have said that the statement in question was only "possibly true."
None of the other 86 white boys and Karens scored it as "true" at all! That works out to way more than half!
One out of 87 is substantially less than half! Norris has been a high-level insider since roughly forever, but this is very much the way this incompetent bunch tends to play.
(Also at fault is Janice A. Sabin, MSW, PhD, whose slippery work misled the absurdly credulous Norris. We'll provide the details tomorrow.)
In the category of "things these journalists say," we'll refer you to this snark-rich essay at New York magazine concerning—Yay! Yay! Yay!—the latest exciting sex scandal.
(Headline: "The China Sex Spy Scandal Is a Reminder: Don’t Govern While Horny." Yay yay yay yay yay! This is just so much fun!)
Personally, we aren't crazy about Rep. Eric Swalwell—but still and all, go ahead! Read what Eve Peyser says about Swalwell in her thrilling and entertaining report. Then, compare it to what is said in the "bombshell report by Axios" which Peyser cites as her source.
Peyser arrives with plenty of swagger, also with plenty of voice. She's also taking plenty of liberties with the material she cites as her source.
Based on what we've seen today, the medical students seem alright. The upper-end scribes, not so much!
These upper-end mainstream typists today! We'll fill in the details tomorrow.