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August 08, 2017

Shock: #FakeNews CNN Misrepresents Claims in Google Diversity Memo

We have all three kinds of viewpoints -- the social, the justice, and the warring.

CNN.com's write-up likewise claimed that the author of the "anti-diversity manifesto" argued "women aren't suited for tech jobs for ‘biological' reasons."

The same narrative emerged in CNN's on-air reporting. Host Poppy Harlow complained that the "anti-diversity" memo said "women are less suited for tech jobs than men. Why? Because they're women! Biologically, they can't do it."

But the actual memo simply does not say what CNN claims it does. To begin with, the author of the Google memo is not opposed to "diversity" in the abstract, but is opposed to Google's methods for advancing it.

"I hope it's clear that I'm not saying that diversity is bad," the author says at one point. Elsewhere he notes, "I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more."

Instead, the author's complaint is that Google "has created several discriminatory practices" in its quest for diversity, including affirmative action programs and services available only to women. In one lengthy section, the author lays out alternative ways to increase women's representation in the company without resorting to "discrimination."

If you want to read the document, rather than hear CNN mischaracterize it, it's available in full here.

Via Steve Kruiser at PJ Media's Hot Mic:

This guy on twitter -- an evolutionary biologist, he says -- says that he avoids discussing these sorts of issues because he knows damn well people will try to get you fired for speaking truths that #trigger.

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