It seems that Homeland Security’s “Modern Militia Movement” wasn’t as well researched as they would have perhaps liked it to have been. At least now that it’s had holes poked through some of its primary assumptions. Shame the damage has been done, seeing as this report was a source for many a viral news story.
Anything framing conservatives, libertarians and anti-statists of any sort to low IQ, bigotry, violence and potential domestic terrorism proves an instant success within large portions of the legacy media outlets. Consider the very quietly retracted “study” about how conservatives have a greater tendency to low IQ, psychotic traits, prejudice.
LiveScience, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Reason, Huffington Post, New York Times reported that this went on for 4 years until Retraction Watch reported :
“Researchers have fixed a number of papers after mistakenly reporting that people who hold conservative political beliefs are more likely to exhibit traits associated with psychoticism, such as authoritarianism and tough-mindedness.
As one of the notices specifies, now it appears that liberal political beliefs are linked with psychoticism. That paper also swapped ideologies when reporting on people higher in neuroticism and social desirability (falsely claiming that you have socially desirable qualities); the original paper said those traits are linked with liberal beliefs, but they are more common among people with conservative values.”
HuffPo gloats over the fallacious study, “the study has taken the Internet by storm, with some outspoken liberals saying that it validates their suspicions about conservatives and conservatives arguing that the research has been misinterpreted.”
The initial study was cited 45 times, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science Washington Post blamed Trump’s win on the study after it had been debunked showing the power of the echo and reverberation of misinformation.https://archive.fo/HBCTx
“Fusion centers have made significant intelligence errors, for themselves and the Department.” This is not new news, DHS has flubbed up before and in recent history, we have the Russiagate hoax collapsing as a striking example. “Almost no part of the initial reports of the incident had been accurate – not the fusion center report, or DHS’s own intelligence report, or it’s intelligence briefing.” One fact, a water pump in a small Illinois water district burning out, was the closest instance to a verified fusion center intel win.
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