Friday, December 14, 2007


An idiot, yesterday.

There is a piece in this week's New Yorker by frizzy haired pundit Malcolm Gladwell, all about race and IQ. The essay is trite, polemical, tendentious, and inane, if well-meaning - it basically rehashes old arguments against IQ. With more passion than conviction. But it does have one saving grace - it boasts perhaps the most absurdly embarrassing correction in recent journalistic history.

Here it is:

CORRECTION: In his December 17th piece, “None of the Above,” Malcolm Gladwell states that Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray, in their 1994 book “The Bell Curve,” proposed that Americans with low I.Q.s be “sequestered in a ‘high-tech’ version of an Indian reservation.” In fact, Herrnstein and Murray deplored the prospect of such “custodialism” and recommended that steps be taken to avert it. We regret the error.

Er, yeah. Ahem. *cough* Bit of an error there, chaps. Thought the New Yorker had "fact checkers"?! *stifles laughter*

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