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CNN Fact-Checks Rachel Maddow, Alex Castellanos Feud Over Gender Pay Gap: Determines Maddow Right | Mediaite

On Sunday's Meet the Press on NBC, CNN contributor Alex Castellanos and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow engaged in a heated debate over the reasons behind gender inequality and salary discrepancies in the work place.

 

MC Note: However, it's also worth noting that the following is buried in the story: "[I]f you control for all factors, the pay gap shrinks to approximately 5 cents more for men than for women."

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Debilyn Molineaux's comment, May 1, 2012 2:44 PM
I'd like to know more about what "control for all factors" means. Show me the numbers...
Michael Charney's comment, May 1, 2012 3:31 PM
The regression analysis, apparently, was performed by Lisa Maatz, American Association Of University Women’s director of public policy and government relations. I don't have the data. )I've posted another link--this time to an interview Ms. Maatz did with Montana Public Radio for those curious to hear her on this topic.)

A key point for me, though, is how much data seems necessary for any of us to shake our notions of what the "right" number is. I, for one, don't know--I've always heard it's about 70 cents (I remember hearing Laurie Anderson talk about it in one of her performances years ago), and a number like that (in the 70s) seems to be "conventional wisdom." This attempt at fact-checking is the first I've seen anything that really digs into that conventional wisdom. But what--finally--will it take to not only find the facts, but get people to overcome their biases and accept them? Hard to tell...
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Reuters: How the White House Wobbled on Childhood Obesity

Reuters: How the White House Wobbled on Childhood Obesity | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Despite Michelle Obama's high-profile child obesity campaign, the White House hasn't managed to change the nation's kids' diets.
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