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‘Could Somebody Please Debunk This?’: Writing About Science When Even the Scientists Are Nervous – The New York Times (Amy Harmon | October 2018)

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Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times.

One of the research integrity responsibilities of researchers is to correct the record if they become aware of the misreporting of their work. This NYT piece reflects how unpleasant this can turn in the era of WEB2.0 and the alt-right.

N. is a black high school student in Winston-Salem, N.C., who does not appear in my article on Thursday’s front page about how human geneticists have been slow to respond to the invocation of their research by white supremacists. (Note: N.’s full name has been removed to minimize online harassment.)
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But the story of how he struggled last spring to find sources to refute the claims of white classmates that people of European descent had evolved to be intellectually superior to Africans is the reason I persevered in the assignment, even when I felt as if my head were going to explode.
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