You’d all be surprised at the amount of cherry picking that goes on in data analysis. Generally speaking, a researcher in academia is beholden to his/her funding source. That funding source almost always has an agenda. Therefore, to continue obtaining funding, research is skewed to fit that agenda. It’s very easy to manipulate data to obtain a desired outcome and it’s a very common practice. Science for the sake of science is becoming a memory. I’m now seeing it widespread in the professional organizations I’m active with, too. It saddens me because it debases us as scientists and tarnishes our credibility with the public. The public really does want us to provide them complete and correct answers to their questions, as much as is possible, and in more than a few cases the answers we give are willfully and woefully incomplete or incorrect.
December 29, 2012 at 2:10pm
Can’t vouch that the list is a complete one, given the Wikipedia source, but I can confirm that The Gannett Company does own the Military Times suite of papers. Just wanted to put this out there for folks so inclined to speak with their wallets.