Tons of data on media bias in the USA

Wikipedia tells us: The Media Research Center (MRC) is an American politically conservative content analysis group based in Reston, Virginia, founded in 1987 by L. Brent Bozell III.[2] It characterizes itself as a media watchdog,[2] whereas Brian Montopoli in the Columbia Journalism Review in 2005 considered it “propaganda clothed as critique”.[3] The nonprofit MRC has…

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Politically motivated retraction of benign national intelligence study by Clark et al (2020)

Original version: Clark, C. J., Winegard, B. M., Beardslee, J., Baumeister, R. F., & Shariff, A. F. (2020). Declines in Religiosity Predict Increases in Violent Crime—but Not Among Countries With Relatively High Average IQ. Psychological science, 31(2), 170-183. Retraction notice on journal website Andrew Gelman has a write-up from his perspective with woke title: Retraction…

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Crime measurement and the black-white crime gap

A lot of instant experts have appeared on the black-white crime question. Many of these are somewhat unfamiliar with the quite large literature on the topic. The people who mostly study crime are criminologists and sociologists. However, as we know, these are some of the most left-skewed academics out there: Prior post: Do Republic professors…

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Not telling the whole story

In the prior post, I quoted some parts of a paper written by sociologist Howard S. Becker in 1967 which advocated a distortion model of science. To quote the most relevant part: A more likely meaning of the charge, I think, is this. In the course of our work and for who knows what private…

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Whose side are sociologists on?

A very telling paper from 1967 written by a top sociologist called Howard S. Becker. Becker, H. S. (1967). Whose side are we on?. Social problems, 14(3), 239-247. I quote: To have values or not to have values: the question is always with us. When sociologists undertake to study problems that have relevance to the…

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Editor Matthias Ziegler rejects paper for political reasons, then says science should be neutral

Some colleagues wrote a paper summarizing intelligence/cognitive ability gaps in the United Kingdom based on large samples. Many of these were new results derived from government testing via freedom of information act requests. The aim of such a meta-analysis is of course to get a broad overview of what gaps exist. From a blank slate…

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Professorial ethics

Being a minor celebrity (is that what we call this?) has the amusing side effect that various people will be talking about you elsewhere on the internet. Thanks to the awesome search capabilities of the internet, these can be found fairly easily. Here’s an funny one from a few days ago given by Scott Ashworth,…

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Political bias in science: quotes from Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 book

Gunnar Myrdal, who was Swedish, expresses an early version of the views the media repeat endlessly these days. To give some examples: White prejudice and discrimination keep the Negro low in standards of living, health, education, manners and morals. This, in its turn, gives support to white prejudice. White prejudice and Negro standards thus mutually…

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Politics from text — not so easy?

I came across this obscure study while doing some research on other matters. Yan, H., Lavoie, A., & Das, S. (2017). The Perils of Classifying Political Orientation From Text. Linked Democracy: Artificial Intelligence for Democratic Innovation, 858, 8. Political communication often takes complex linguistic forms. Understanding political ideology from text is an important methodological task…

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