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Misrepresentations of the Google story

by Greg Krehbiel on 9 August 2017

I’ll post two. Feel free to post others as you see them.

It’s rather astonishing that people think they can get away with this stuff when we can read the actual document.

Wired characterized the memo as “against workplace diversity.”

Salon said the author encouraged Google to “accept these biological differences and assign men and women to different roles.”

2017-08-09  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 6

  1. William
    9 August 2017 @ 1:11 pm

    They’ve missed the point. If Google truly believed in their diversity philosophy, then the author had a right to express an alternative perspective (as long as he did it according to company policy). As well, likely shouldn’t have been fired. This was a test for Google and they failed.

    As I’ve said previously, it’s astonishing that those who are the supposed purveyors of “tolerance” don’t show much when their ideals are challenged. As well, it’s amazing how the critics ignore and misrepresent the memo author’s intent to support a more politically correct perspective.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    9 August 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    All true, but what amazes me is the people who flagrantly misrepresent what the guy was saying when we all have access to his very words.

    I suspect what happens is this. Very biased person A reads the actual document and misrepresents it in some ideological rant. Fellow ideological travelers never bother to read the original, they just assume that VBPA had it right, so they repeat the misrepresentations.

  3. Edward Hamilton
    9 August 2017 @ 4:07 pm

    CNN had to retract one of their initial headlines that described the memo as “anti-diversity”.

    In fact, it suggests several concrete strategies to improve gender diversity that would probably work better than the existing regime of education workshops, and also expresses concern about the suppression of ideological diversity.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/08/cnn-retracts-anti-diversity-memo-headline/

  4. Greg Krehbiel GregK
    9 August 2017 @ 10:46 pm

    Good one.

  5. William
    10 August 2017 @ 12:17 am

    QUOTE: Very biased person A reads the actual document and misrepresents it in some ideological rant. Fellow ideological travelers never bother to read the original, they just assume that VBPA had it right, so they repeat the misrepresentations.

    True, but I suspect another dynamic is also at play. Despite how clearly something is expressed, once people see a trigger word, they jump to conclusions and allow that to bias their understanding. Simply stated, people no longer read critically.

  6. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    11 August 2017 @ 11:02 am

    I cannot remember the last time so many outlets and observers mischaracterized so many aspects of a text everyone possessed.

    From David Brooks’ article on the Google mess, which is worth your time.

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