In the university this is absolutely true there are lots of example of guys who have done contradictory research and suddenly find they can’t get a grant anymore because they are not saying the political correct thing.

Dr. Larry Schweikart March 28th 2015

A while back I interviewed Dr. Larry Schweikart who gave a speech at a YAF event talking about history being spun:

The meat and potatoes of the argument was that ignoring facts had become a part of our culture.

I couldn’t help think of this when I saw this piece by John Bohannon on how he got a phony study published:

It was time to share our scientific breakthrough with the world. We needed to get our study published pronto, but since it was such bad science, we needed to skip peer review altogether. Conveniently, there are lists of fake journal publishers. (This is my list, and here’s another.) Since time was tight, I simultaneously submitted our paper—“Chocolate with high cocoa content as a weight-loss accelerator”—to 20 journals. Then we crossed our fingers and waited.

Our paper was accepted for publication by multiple journals within 24 hours. Needless to say, we faced no peer review at all.

That was how he got it into “scientific” journals, and for getting journalists to bite,

The key is to exploit journalists’ incredible laziness. If you lay out the information just right, you can shape the story that emerges in the media almost like you were writing those stories yourself. In fact, that’s literally what you’re doing, since many reporters just copied and pasted our text.

Take a look at the press release I cooked up. It has everything. In reporter lingo: a sexy lede, a clear nut graf, some punchy quotes, and a kicker. And there’s no need to even read the scientific paper because the key details are already boiled down.

There are two important points to make here, the first is that the study was not so much inaccurate as it used methodology to make sure they got the results you want.  Think of how many computer models that are cited by the media on Global warming that are built exactly the same way.

The real important point however is this:

If “professional journalists”, trade journals and mainstream papers fell so quickly for this “science” without questioning it at all, how much quicker will they do so if it concerning a topic that matches their belief system, and how much less once they have promoted a study that backs their beliefs will they look favorability on one that goes in the other direction?

Remember this the next time the media tries to belittle views it disagrees with.

Related:  Journalist surprised when reporters ask tough questions of those they agree with.


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Given what we’ve just seen from Rolling Stone and the media I think this is the perfect time to play this clip of Breitbart’s Q & A at YAF NH

The key quote “I don’t think I could get an interview at the Washington Post and I’m editor in chief at Breitbart.

And that’s the real story, if you aren’t towing the liberal line and aren’t willing to accept liberal mantras at face value the MSM isn’t interested in you.

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A lot is happening in the world so let take care of three interviews from last weekends YAF conference at once.



and a 2nd interview with Hoffer who I talked to after Ted Cruz’s speech

I’ll be getting the rest of the stuff up in the next three days

I briefly spoke with GOP candidate Russell Taub who is running for the House At large seat in Rhode Island at the YAF Nashua conference

Remember even in a blue state like RI half the battle is being willing to make the fight

Here is Ted Cruz’s speech from the YAF event in Nashua NH last friday

He took a few questions after his speech:

On creating political opportunity

On Standing with our allies:

and on replacing Obamacare

I also got the reactions of Seroach

and Michael

The crowd seemed to like what it saw, the only question is will the others who follow do better?

In addition to his base speech Robert Spencer answered assorted questions after his speech at the YAF conference in Nashua NH.

On the Bible vs the Koran

On Intervention vs Isis

On Obama & ISIS

The Radicalization of Muslims


Fighting the “Hate” Label

The Lure of Islam

Iraq and Isis

Staying out of War

and Tackling ISIS

and Oil Fueled Terror

Spencer answered more questions than any other speaker I saw at the two day event. But thats Robert all over.

My interview with Robert Spencer at YAF Nashua NH

His mention of Molly Norris being on the ISIS hit list should be national news, I’m ashamed to say I didn’t see it.

I’ll be posting the rest of my video from the conference over the next several days

Another in our interviews of attendees at the YAF conference in Nashua NH

The Explanation for me calling this young lady “Hofford” is explained n the interview

I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of her in the future

…when I got two press releases on the very last day at the very last-minute at the same time. One from Ron Paul’s group touting his victory in the straw poll. (That actually says a good thing about Mitt Romney, he realized that the number of free trips he would need to give out to counter Congressman Paul’s forces was a bad investment) and the Other from the YAF about expelling Ron Paul.

Before I say another word full disclosure: Members of the YAF have been friends to me on a personal level and to this blog on a professional level (even when it was small) this is worth a lot of coin in the Bank of Sicily

Since getting home I’ve been tweeting back and forth with a fan of Paul named @flyingcomic. Rather than putting words in his mouth go check out his tweets and see what he has to say.

I have a lot to do tonight so let me cut to the chase. I think that some of Mr. Paul’s supports particularly the anti-war ones are to put it politely “out there”. I think their actions during the Cheney Speech where dishonorable. I don’t know if there was any interaction between the group and the Paul camp before his expulsion but as I said they have been friends to me and I’m going to assume that they acted with due discretion when making their decision until I’m given a reason otherwise.

As for Ron Paul. He was for fiscal responsibility before it was cool and is unapologetic pro-life. He is absolutely right on these two issues.

That being said his views on the War on Terror are straight out of the pre pearl harbor days of World War 2. He is absolutely wrong on this issue.

Or to put it better. Ron Paul reminds me of Norton Anti-Virus. When it works it works fabulously. When it fails it fails spectacularly!

Ron Paul managed to win the CPAC straw poll again. Unless he plans on paying for the residency for the same proportion of people in each primary state to move him he will not duplicate this result when it comes time to vote in the states.

To those who support him, remember this is not a religion, this is a candidate. Disagreeing with Ron Paul is not blasphemy, if you start treating it as if it is you stop becoming a political movement and start becoming a cult. Beware of this.

Paul’s message on fiscal responsibility is serious and should be treated as such. His message on Israel and the war on terror is simply nonsense and should also be treated as such. If you disagree with either of those two sentences in my book this doesn’t make you a kook, nut, fanatic or evil, simply wrong on some issues. If because you disagree with either of those sentences you get extremely angry and decide I am a kook, nut, fanatic or evil then take a deep breath and look in a mirror, or even better say a decade of the rosary and meditate upon them.