You need to know this context about yesterday’s think piece.
Yesterday, we published a think piece about something that happened.
At press time, our contributor (who has now been terminated) asserted that what had happened was not what was initially reported, but instead something else.
This has turned out not to be the case. We regret the error.
In asserting that what happened was actually something else, our contributor also connected what they asserted happened (which has now been proven false, by multiple sources in subsequent reporting) to an unrelated concept.
We regret the error in allowing this connection to be published without due consideration.
Our readers alerted us to commentary from experts in the field, revealing that the reasoning involved in connecting the original happening to the unrelated concept was inherently flawed and based on easily refutable assumptions.
We thank our readers for their unwavering support.
Our internal investigation
Subsequently, an internal investigation found that our publishing of a think piece with such a substantial flaw in its logical underpinning reveals a critical missing step in our editorial process.
The missing step is now being addressed by an independent commission and the report will be published shortly.
Our internal investigation found that all of the charts and illustrations published as part of the think piece were flawed in one or more of the following aspects:
- Inaccurate data
- Irrelevant data
- No x axis
- No y axis
- Data chosen purely on aesthetic grounds
- Retracted by original authors or, in the worst instance, retracted by the journal in which the original research appeared but not retracted by original authors
- Subject to an ongoing legal proceedings
The investigation also found a systemic editorial culture incentivizing and rewarding writing encouraging readers to share on social networks.
What we’re doing to make this right
We know that trust in media is more important than ever. Which is why we’re determined to show how we’ll learn from this unfortunate episode. We’ve commissioned the following articles that will appear over the next few days from well-known, trusted voices in journalism:
- Why What Happened Must Never Happen Again
- The Economic Forces That Lead To Think Pieces — And Our Only Way Out
- The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain Are The Problem, Not Think Pieces
- A Liberal Government Platform Is The Only Long-Term Solution To The Think Piece Issue
- A Conservative Government Platform Is the Only Long-Term Solution To The Think Piece Issue
- What Norway Knows About Think Pieces, And What It Means For America
- Yes, That Think Piece Was Bad. Here’s Why We Need Them Now More Than Ever
- Why Twitter Let Us Down, Again
Remember: when the truth is more important now than ever and of no party or clique, democracy dies in darkness and comment is free (but facts are sacred).