Thursday, 21 May 2015

Gay Study Faked Shock: I Don't Believe It!

A study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters’ minds has been retracted due to fraud.

What’s more, the funding agencies credited with supporting the study deny having any involvement.

The study was published last December in Science, and received lots of media attention (including from BuzzFeed News). It found that a 20-minute, one-on-one conversation with a gay political canvasser could steer voters in favor of same-sex marriage. Not only that, but these changed opinions lasted for at least a year and influenced other people in the voter’s household, the study found.

Donald Green, the senior author on the study, retracted it on Tuesday shortly after learning that his co-author, UCLA graduate student Michael LaCour, had faked the results. Science posted an official “editorial expression of concern” — a very big deal in the science world — on Wednesday afternoon.

“I am deeply embarrassed by this turn of events and apologize to the editors, reviewers, and readers of Science,” Green, a professor of political science at Columbia University, said in his retraction letter to the journal, as posted on theRetraction Watch blog...

BuzzFeed News - who are good enough to fess up that they fell for it.

Fagburn finds it very hard to believe some research about homosexuality turned out to be a load of rubbish that reflected the bias of a researcher.

Mind = Blown!

Question; why has this story got so much coverage when so much junk gay 'research' gets waved through unchecked?

PS No, I haven't checked this story. Weird thing is, I'd be surprised if the general gist of the findings wasn't true.

1 comment:

  1. LaCouer is denying the allegations, it seems. Full explanation on the 29th promised. The plot is getting interesting.