If not popular: From sociologist at Mark Regnerus, who found that gay parents were more likely to have problems that might impact children:
Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas’ Department of Sociology gave a talk about the challenges of conducting research on controversial topics at the 2017 Scherer Lecture and Conference. More.
Reality check: It was fascinating watching the Correct get together to try to destroy his research.
See also: How did Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus get to be so hated?
It was hard to find children of same-sex parents who had been together for long. Ironically, that fact—instead of pointing clearly to a problem for children in same-sex households—provided an opportunity to attack Regnerus’s findings.
A “re-analysis” of the data published over two years later in the same journal, Social Science Research, dropped from consideration the same-sex households that did not last long, keeping only the few that did. The result was a greatly reduced difference, loudly proclaimed.
That practice is called “data laundering.” The resulting sample of same-sex households was not only small but unrepresentative, whereas the other groups remained large and representative.
Media, however, had found what they needed in the newly cooked statistics. They jumped in to declare Regnerus debunked. Some of the takedowns were unusually dishonest. At the New York Times, Jesse Wegman dismissed Regnerus’s careful but deeply unpopular work alongside a study whose data turned out not to exist. More.