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Reuters Fired a Data Scientist for Questioning the Black Lives Matter Narrative

Reuters Fired a Data Scientist for Questioning the Black Lives Matter Narrative

“He was sent to Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion for the chance to reform his thoughts.”

The Black Lives Matter movement cannot be questioned or criticized. Especially if you work for a media outlet.

Chris Rufo writes at his site:

The Price of Dissent

Zac Kriegman had the ideal résumé for the professional-managerial class: a bachelors in economics from Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard and years of experience with high-tech startups, a white-shoe law firm, and an econometrics research consultancy. He then spent six years at Thomson Reuters Corporation, the international media conglomerate, spearheading the company’s efforts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced software engineering. By the beginning of 2020, Kriegman had assumed the title of Director of Data Science and was leading a team tasked with implementing deep learning throughout the organization.

But within a few months, this would all collapse. A chain of events—beginning with the death of George Floyd and culminating with a statistical analysis of Black Lives Matter’s claims—would turn the 44-year-old data scientist’s life upside-down. By June 2020, as riots raged across the country, Kriegman would be locked out of Reuters’s servers, denounced by his colleagues, and fired by email. Kriegman had committed an unpardonable offense: he directly criticized the Black Lives Matter movement in the company’s internal communications forum, debunked Reuters’s own biased reporting, and violated a corporate taboo.

Driven by what he called a “moral obligation” to speak out, Kriegman refused to celebrate unquestioningly the BLM narrative and his company’s “diversity and inclusion” programming; to the contrary, he argued that Reuters was exhibiting significant left-wing bias in the newsroom and that the ongoing BLM protests, riots, and calls to “defund the police” would wreak havoc on minority communities. Week after week, Kriegman felt increasingly disillusioned by the Thomson Reuters line. Finally, on the first Tuesday in May 2021, he posted a long, data-intensive critique of BLM’s and his company’s hypocrisy. He was sent to Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion for the chance to reform his thoughts.

He refused—so they fired him.

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Comments

angrywebmaster | January 6, 2022 at 5:51 pm

Sue them into oblivion.

“He was sent to Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion for the chance to reform his thoughts.”

“Twenty days in za koo-lah!”

Hero. Would love to read his data-intensive critique.

https://www.city-journal.org/black-lives-matter-reuters-and-the-price-of-dissent
During his leave, Kriegman used his skills as a data scientist to conduct a careful statistical investigation comparing BLM’s claims on race, violence, and policing with the hard evidence from a range of academic and governmental sources. The result: a 12,000-word essay, titled “BLM is Anti-Black Systemic Racism,” that called into question the entire sequence of claims by the Black Lives Matter movement and echoed by the Reuters news team.
https://kriegman.substack.com/p/post-leading-to-termination-blm-falsehoods

“He refused – so they fired him.”

And replaced him with someone with maybe half his intelligence, ability, level of credentials, and resume. May Reuters enjoy the result.
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My SWAG is that BLM and the defund the po po movement will result in at least 1000 additional blacks being murdered in 2021 than in a previous year. Can’t wait to see the Uniform Crime Report stats. Unless of course, the left determines they died of wuflu and the numerous holes in their bodies were incidental.

Maybe BLM is something that Clayton Bigsby could get behind.

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