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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During all that time the theory had been failed to be proven wrong so it could have temporarily have been taken as right but it can never be proven right because tomorrow’s experiment may succeed in proving what you thought was right wrong, so we can never be proved right we can only be sure we’re wrong.

Richard Feynman 1964

Back in my youth one of the more interesting comics that Marvel put out was titled “What If” which provided alternate stories outside of the established Marvel timeline by changing one component of a story (What if Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four, What if Conan walked the earth today, what if Conan was stranded in the 20th century which was an alternate ending the previous what if alternative event etc…) and postulating a different ending.

When dealing with the MSM however the game is different because rather than postulating on imaginary events we can play with real ones, for example.

What if this video instead of showing Democrats for months stating as fact, that Donald Trump paid no income taxes

Consisted of Republicans making a factual claim about Barack Obama that was conclusively proved false?

Given what we’ve seen in the past our media and press would be not only confronting every single member of the GOP that made this claim, not only asking them why they should be trusted in the present, but further asking other members of the GOP to denounce them.

Or let’s play What IF this tweet from rapper Bow Wow:

“Ayo @realDonaldTrump shut your punk a– up talking s–t about my uncle @SnoopDogg before we pimp your wife and make her work for us.”

and this tweet from the NYT making light of it

Had been about Michelle Obama?

Well as Hollywood in toto tells us we already saw how when a rodeo clown made fun of Barack Obama CNN considered it national news pols were made to condemn him and he was banned for life from the circuit. I suspect that if Mr. Bow Wow was a country singer whose primary audience consisted of Obama opponents pressure would be put on the GOP to condemn him in public, venues would be protested that had him and the journalist who made light of it would not have the public editor of the “paper of record” condemning such a reporter and demanding his resignation for being a misogynist rather than claiming:

After talking to the writer and the Culture editor, Danielle Mattoon, I came away convinced that Deb’s intentions were innocent, that he was not trying to align himself with the off-color sentiments of a rapper, but merely trying to pull off a pun.

The problem is, not everyone is “in” on the joke. Conservatives may use such tweets — or retweets — to further their case that the “liberal media” will do and say anything. More significantly, mainstream readers who hear of or see the tweet out of context might easily take offense. It’s a lose, lose.

…that the main problem with the tweet would be it would be misunderstood or used by their ideological enemies against them.

So in the tradition of Richard Feynman explanation on the scientific method starting with a guess and measuring it against the evidence

I propose the following theory:

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.

Now in fairness we have years of evidence to support this theory at this time but our media friends can at any time provide evidence that this theory is wrong by simply being consistent in their outrage based not on the source or target, but on what is actually said and done.

They just choose not to.


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