We are told: They did not want to “ruin ‘positive coverage’”
University of Washington media officials knowingly kept quiet on a flawed study that claimed that injecting children with off-label puberty blockers benefited their health, according to emails obtained by a conservative radio host. “A University of Washington study, in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, claimed gender-affirming care via puberty blockers leads to positive mental health outcomes for transgender teen patients,” commentator Jason Rantz reported. “That characterization, however, was false, forcing substantial edits to the materials used to promote the study and prompting UW to cease promoting the research.”Matt Lamb, “University of Washington knowingly kept quiet on flawed transgender study” at The College Fix (August 26, 2022)
EXCLUSIVE: UW Medicine falsely claimed a study showed gender-inclusive care led to rates of depression plummeting.
I obtained emails showing that staff didn’t correct false reporting about the study because it received such positive coverage.https://t.co/WjanIEhcEz
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 24, 2022
Social science journalist Jesse Singal first raised concerns about the methodology in April and reported he could not obtain the raw data behind the paper. “Singal has a laundry list of issues with the study: 1) the data did not back up claims made about mental health improvement; 2) the researchers provide little specific data that is typically on display in these kinds of studies, and 3) the researchers may not have used the correct statistical method,” Rantz wrote.Matt Lamb, “University of Washington knowingly kept quiet on flawed transgender study” at The College Fix (August 26, 2022)
Open season on Jesse Singal for noticing?
Or … alternatively … how about this, Little Rays of Sunshine — University of Washington Chapter: Hereafter, we will reasonably assume that anything you say on the topic stands a good chance of being — in whole or in part — a falsehood. And what should we do with a fish when only some of it stinks?
You may also wish to read: Why many now reject science… do you really want to know? Part 1 COVID demonstrated — as nothing else could — that the “science” was all over the map and didn’t help people avoid panic. As the panic receded, the government started setting up a disinformation board to target NON-government sources of panic, thus deepening loss of trust.
U.S. shuts down its paused Disinformation Governance Board.
Faced with resounding unpopularity, the Department of Homeland Security has decided that the Board is not necessary. While the reaction has been described as a “rightwing backlash,” it included pretty much anyone who did not want the government deciding what is “true.”