MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2023
Case study resumes tomorrow: Why in the world did she say it?
More specifically, why did the Washington Post's Michele Norris make the (ludicrous) highlighted claim?
NORRIS (12/9/20): 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.
"A recent study of White medical students found that half believed that Black patients had a higher tolerance for pain?" That's what Norris wrote in this column.
In fact, the study in question reported nothing dimly like that! Indeed, as we explained in this report, it may be that none of the 222 (white) medical students ever said that they believed the highlighted claim!
"Half believed that Black patients had a higher tolerance for pain?" In fact, the UVa study in question claimed nothing dimly like that—but that claim was featured in that column in the Washington Post.
Alas! As we noted in this report, variants of this pleasing claim have become quite common within our blue tribe, even at the highest levels of assumed expertise. The claim has become one of our self-impressed tribe's long list of pleasing, self-defeating verities:
These White Medical Students Today! They believe the most racist things!
Why did Norris make that wildly inaccurate claim? How did she come to believe the claim—and why hasn't her bogus statement ever been corrected?
Tomorrow, we'll resume the case study in which we examine such questions. A welter of basic questions remain to be explored concerning the creation of this pleasing bit of inaccurate tribal belief.
No, Virginia! Half the group of (white) medical students didn't say that they believed the statement in question. As we've already noted, it isn't clear that any of the (white) medical students said they agreed with that statement!
How, then, did Michele Norris—a very high-ranking mainstream journalist—come to believe this false statement? This week, we'll finish our case study of that question—and we'll continue to wonder whether the Washington Post, or Norris herself, ever plans to correct the false statement in question.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but our blue tribe is deeply flawed. We love, love, love, love, love, love, love the tribally pleasing claims we make, even when the claims we make are poorly founded, wholly unfounded, or are just grossly wrong.
In this way, we're like all the rest! According to disconsolate experts, our brains are wired this way.
Alas! According to these despondent scholars, we humans are wired to divide into tribes, then to start inventing claims about The Others. The claims in question don't have to be true, these top major experts insist.
Everywhere Franklin Roosevelt looked, he saw "one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished." Everywhere we look today, we see a red tribe driven by crazy beliefs—and then we see our own blue tribe in action.
Where did that bogus claim come from? With apologies for seasonal delays, our study resumes tomorrow.
Tomorrow: For starters, we click on Norris' link
This afternoon: For entertainment purposes only! Morning Joe, at it again, with two other treasured claims!