Posts tagged ‘misinformation’

June 17, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Truth & Untruth about EPA Drones

A vibrant example of how the political rumor mill has led to false legitimacy from the fair & balanced news media to the halls of Congress and made its way across the country. It is truly amazing how inaccurate statements, or outright lies, can morph into accepted, yet unchecked, fact. This is a disappointing commentary on the state of journalism and public acceptance of anything without verification. 

It was a blood-boiler of a story, a menacing tale of government gone too far: The Environmental Protection Agency was spying on Midwestern farmers with the same aerial “drones” used to kill terrorists overseas.

This month, the idea has been repeated in TV segments, on multiple blogs and by at least four congressmen. The only trouble is, it isn’t true.

It was never true. The EPA isn’t using drone aircraft — in the Midwest or anywhere else.

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February 10, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Why People Believe Misinformation, Even After It’s Corrected

These days we are bombarded with information, much of it incorrect, and long after the political campaigns are over a lot of it will still be buried in the part of our brain where we store our memories. And new research shows that the more intensely we believe something to be true, the more likely it will resurface in the future, even if we have learned it was false.

Cognitive psychologist Andrew Butler of Duke University, a memory and learning specialist, hopes to figure out a way to help us purge our brains of false data, and he’s a little encouraged. But it’s probably not going to be easy.
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February 3, 2012

The Daily Scoop: 5 Myths about Planned Parenthood

By Clare Coleman

I was a Planned Parenthood affiliate chief executive, supervising a network of clinics in New York state, during the early days of this terrible recession. We ran deficits, cut hours, closed centers and laid off staff members. In a recession, things get very difficult — more and more people are in need, while government funds lag and donations dwindle. But still we did not turn patients away, even if they could not pay. At the same time, we had to fight political battles to preserve women’s rights to basic care and information about their sexual health.

Amid the debate, let’s address some of the misperceptions about this nearly 100-year-old health-care organization.
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