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The data says otherwise..

Recently, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart mentioned a bill being passed in Texas that would ban same-sex couples from adopting or fostering children.

As if this wasn't outrage enough, the cited debate on CNN consisted of one woman citing a so-called 'study' done in Illinois, that supposedly proved that children in homosexual homes were '11 times more likely to be sexually abused'.

Before you call 'Bullshit!', gimme a minute. CNN showed the opposing side, namely a guy who said nobody credible had ever heard of that study.

Then the CNN anchor, instead of calling the woman on her bullshit, simply said "It's a good debate, an interesting debate." And ended the segment after her co-anchor said they would be discussing their opinions during the commercial break.

Jon Stewart: "Why don't you call them on their bullshit on the air? You're an anchor, for fuck's sake!" Just once more proving that Jon Stewart, a fucking COMEDIAN, is doing the job the serious networks won't. And that is just sad.

So, what is this study? What's up with that bill?

A guy with more free time than me looked for the answers.
Addendum.

Crossposted to jblogs.

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ginalin
May. 2nd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
One of the sad realities of so called "studies" is so many of them aren't the least bit scientific. Scientific meaning done in an empirical, unbiased manner and the data collected and analyzed properly.

A frightening number of "studies" are done simply to prove something the person or entity funding them already believes and wants confirmed.

I read this one was done by a researcher with an anti-gay bias to start with, so about as useful as tits on a boar hog.
elven_wolf
May. 2nd, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Exactly. And then they reduce everything to 'a scientific study proved this', and nobody calls them on their bullshit except the opposing side which would be perceived as biased anyway.
libramentum
May. 2nd, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oye!
I am so very glad that someone else got pissed over this!

I remember I flipped out over it when I was watching the Daily Show and my dad was curious on why.

So instead of focusing on the topic of gay rights since he is so against them I went after the research.

I was fuming since as a psych major I have had it drilled into me into getting proper resources and that bigoted bitch didn't. And worst...no one pointed it out. Lord.

I must say...looking at the research I was laughing over it. It was poorly done. Ugh.

I'm done now.
elven_wolf
May. 2nd, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Oye!
It was really almost unbelievable to watch the anchors do such a piss-poor job. Is there no work ethic in journalism anymore?
libramentum
May. 3rd, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Re: Oye!
Work ethic or guts? Bloody news people are scared of angering the masses. I say they need to push the boundaries...make people get uncomfortable. What really upsets me is that since it was on CNN and those women let it go...people will take it for the truth and then spread this filth to keep everyone close minded idiots.

I must say I adore your icons. Just wonderful.
elven_wolf
May. 3rd, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Oye!
They have no work ethic because they lack the guts to. *nod*

Thank you. :) My extra icons are about to run out, sadly.
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