Duncan Black: Eschaton: Clearly, The Problem Is Our Readers https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/12/clearly-problem-is-our-readers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/bRuz+(Eschaton): 'One reason I hate the NYT is the absolute contempt it has for the truth and for its readers: Julia Carrie Wong: "Do they actually just think we’re stupid?:

New York Times Editors: Mr. Stephens was not endorsing the study or its authors' views...

Bret Stephens: Jews are, or tend to be, smart. When it comes to Ashkenazi Jews, it’s true. “Ashkenazi Jews have the highest average I.Q. of any ethnic group for which there are reliable data,” noted one 2005 paper. “During the 20th century, they made up about 3 percent of the U.S. population but won 27 percent of the U.S. Nobel science prizes and 25 percent of the ACM Turing awards. They account for more than half of world chess champions”...

So the correction makes it ... worse ?? somehow?

Seems like bad qualities in a newspaper!!! "Sorry I wrote that. It wasn't what I meant to say but that happens sometimes." Would be lie but not a "fuck you, readers" lie...

For some reason, the New York Times is unwilling to say either (1) "yes, Henry Harpending is one of Bret Stephens's go-to authorities, but we have told him not to do it again..." or (2) "Bret Stephens often pretends he has read papers that he has not. He just googles, cherry-picks a couple of reported numbers, and then presents them as if he had actually done some research and gained some knowledge. This time this method of working went wrong. But by and large we are happy with him..."


#noted #2019-12-30

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