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Elizabeth Warren and the very bad study - Input Junkie
May 9th, 2015
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Elizabeth Warren and the very bad study
It isn't true that auto dealerships cost consumers 26 billion a year, but Elizabeth Warren has said it a number of times. The number comes from one ill-constructed study.

I'm not going to expect Warren to retract what she's been saying-- this seems like a lot to expect of any politician-- but I'm curious to see whether she stops using the number.

The Washington Post holds politicians responsible for the quality of the sources they cite. This seems reasonable, especially considering that politicians have staff members who can check on whether sources are accurate.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to see studies being poked at for whether they make sense, I recommend Slate Star Codex.

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From:robby
Date:May 9th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Everybody has forgotten that Elizabeth Warren advanced her academic career by falsely claiming to be of Native American heritage.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 9th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Are there any politicians you recommend as reliably honest?
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From:xiphias
Date:May 9th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Falsely-ish. It's wrong, but it's possible that she thought it was true-ish enough to count. Also, it's not clear that she ever got any particular advantage from the claim.

It's definitely dubious at best. But my opinion is that it's not much worse than dubious.
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From:robby
Date:May 9th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
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You're repeating a carefully crafted spin that has been released by her supporters. Many of the records of her ethnic claims are now conveniently missing, but it's possible to trace Harvard's reporting of faculty under affirmative action, and she's held out as Native American.

Clearly she gamed the system, for many years, costing legitimate minorities those opportunities. She continues to protect her political career, and now games the system by hiding this episode from the public.
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