A DaTechGuy’s Theory of Media Outrage Experiment: Donna Brazile

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A DaTechGuy's Theory of Media Outrage Experiment: Donna Brazile

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.

Richard Feyn­man

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

  1. Donna Brazile admits that she relayed ques­tions to the Hillary Cam­paign mean­ing her pre­vi­ous denials were a lie (today’s story)
  2. 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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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.

Richard Feynman

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

  1. Donna Brazile admits that she relayed questions to the Hillary Campaign meaning her previous denials were a lie (today’s story)
  2. 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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