MSNBC’s Joy Reid ridiculed for botched tweet on origins of 538 website

MSNBC host Joy Reid was widely ridiculed on Monday night for falsely claiming that Nate Silver’s data-driven website FiveThirtyEight was named after the margin of Florida votes during the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. 

“Here’s the thing: the reason there’s a thing called @FiveThirtyEight is because 538 was the margin in FL when the Republican SCOTUS reversed the 2000 election during a recount, making Dubya the president. That’s the kind of margin where races can flip. That’s not what’s up now,” Reid tweeted when trying to make a point that the 2020 presidential election isn’t

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The Origins of Neurolinguistic Programming

Back in 1976, I read a book published one year earlier entitled – – “The Structure of Magic” – – written by two researchers, John Grinder and Richard Bandler. It arose out of a study of the process they would later call Neuro linguistic Programming – – or N.L.P.

John Grinder and Richard Bandler were fascinated by the ability of certain psychotherapists to establish almost instant rapport with patients or clients and to create rapid changes in the thinking and behavior patterns of most of them. These outstanding therapists included well known leaders in the field such as doctors Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Fritz Perls.

Bandler and Grinder’s studies revealed that most of these therapists seemed to have an innate ability to “read” verbal and physical cues which sped up the process and enabled them to create desired changes, which ultimately benefited their patients.

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