It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.
Building on DaTechGuy’s Theory of Media Outrage and following the rules of experimentation as defined by Feynman let’s examine how a story like this one…
Veteran Democratic operative Donna Brazile finally admitted that she used her former position as a CNN commentator to relay questions ahead of debates to Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.
For months, Brazile has avoided confirming that hacked emails from the campaign showed her forwarding the questions, which were asked at separate debates. But in a new essay for Time magazine looking back on the hackings, she said it was true.
..fits my theory which states
The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies of on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is made.
This story is tailor made for our experiment because it is actually two separate stories separated by five months
- Donna Brazile admits that she relayed questions to the Hillary Campaign meaning her previous denials were a lie (today’s story)
- Donna Brazile denies that she relayed questions to the Hillary Campaign meaning the accusations against her were a lie (October’s story)
Since the distance between Donna Brazile and the MSM/left is non existent (as she was intern DNC head, a campaign manager for a Democrat campaign and a commentator defending the left for year) and the target of her prevarications were the people on the right who made the claims, let’s apply our standard. If my theory is correct then the story of her admitting guilt, meaning she was a liar) should have produced little or no MSM coverage.
So I did a google search of “Donna Brazile admits giving Hillary” and here is a screen shot of the results
You will note that none of the results shows a mainstream media source. No ABC,NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS, NYT, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN etc etc etc… Even if you click on the view all the only results shows are from the sources in this image. Thus when the target of the story was a Democrat close to the MSM/Left the media coverage/outrage was non existent in keeping with my theory.
Thus the evidence fails to disprove the theory, so it can stand, but what about the initial story? Her initial denials of passing on the questions to the Hillary Campaign? We need to measure how that was covered too.
So I did a 2nd search substituting the word “denies” for “admits” here are the results
As to be expected the articles concerning her admission already showed by the first search are there as they are most recent but nothing turns up from the MSM as before but you note as we get to October the sources linked are all MSM US News and World Report, Politico, CNNMoney and Business insider. Moreover you will note that Politico and Business Insider both MSM sources are not just listed, but are “highly cited” meaning that other lesser sources used them as the bases for their own articles.
So let’s apply this experimental data to our theory which states:
The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies of on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is made.
In the earlier story the pieces were framed in such a way exactly the opposite. In these stories the assumption was made that the GOP/right were prevaricating and that Donna Brazile was the target of said prevarication.
The Distance between Donna Brazile and the MSM/leftists is tiny or non-existent so if our theory is correct the MSM outrage and/or interest should have been great. And so it was.
Thus per Feynman’s rule, the theory continues to stand. I’m sure all my readers are duly shocked.
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