CNN retracts story on hormonal female voters

From the website of The Atlantic:

In a matter of hours, CNN [on Wednesday] published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they “feel sexier.”

The story was based on an unpublished scientific study — insert scare quotes as needed — from researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio that looked at the political tendencies of 275 women at various stages of their menstrual cycle.

Among the more withering critics was Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post:

This is just more ammunition for my elderly great-aunts to shake at me, demanding that I find myself a man before I go to the polls. “We wouldn’t want you to vote while single!” they shout. “What if the election falls on the wrong Tuesday?”

Here’all that’s left on the CNN website:

A post previously published in this space regarding a study about how hormones may influence voting choices has been removed.

After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN.

One more thing: One of the authors of the study, Kristina Durante, has removed the link to the paper. But this one (emphasis ours) remains at the website Social Psychology Network:

Durante, K. M., Griskevicius, V., Simpson, J. A., Cantu, S M., & Li, N. P. (in press). Ovulation leads women to perceive sexy cads as good dads. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

94 comments Add your comment

Auntie Christ

October 25th, 2012
10:41 am

“After further review it was determined that some elements of the story did not meet the editorial standards of CNN.”
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The big news here is that CNN has editorial standards, and that there is a story too sleazy, salacious, trivial, or meretricious for them to broadcast it.

catlady

October 25th, 2012
10:41 am

So, if Romney loses, it is because it was the “wrong time of the month?”

Buymadeinusjobs

October 25th, 2012
10:47 am

more of old white men/ politicians/ beaten down women[like Taliban women] men use prot…tute, tell them to get abort. [Repub. Desalis[sp]TN girfriend] which they voted against, Sen. Vitter, also many baptist/other preachers misbehave in their families/hypocrites. I am sorry to say , I think CNN may be leaning right, I think that is why their viewer base has fallen.
Isn’t their only 4 groups that own all of the news broadcast/newspaper outlets? Murdoch/Ailes – Fox, Wall street journal. just got LOS angles paper, I do not know all, could google.

markie mark

October 25th, 2012
11:14 am

CNN leaning right? Then that would put them at only a 45 degree angle leaning left if they have indeed made a move to the right….

Paula

October 25th, 2012
11:18 am

CNN is so lost. They are now trying to become a Fox, Jr. It’s so sad to see what a once prominent news organization has sunk to. Bring back Ted Turner!!!

Just goes to show you...

October 25th, 2012
11:30 am

Sexist twits are everywhere.

GaBlue

October 25th, 2012
11:31 am

CNN 2012 = Fox Lite.

This is not Mr. Turner’s CNN.

sheepdawg

October 25th, 2012
11:31 am

CNN is trying to become a clone of FAUX.. .. appeal to the less intelligent sect of our society in order to improve the bottom line, truth be damned.

Metro Mensa Man

October 25th, 2012
11:32 am

Is Certainly Not Newsworthy still relevant?

C N N (Contemptuous Nonsensical News)

October 25th, 2012
11:33 am

I have lost respect for CNN.

They are just treading water.

They know that they are becoming irrelevant.

CNN is just entertainment not real news.

Non-Partisan

October 25th, 2012
11:38 am

Buymadeinusjobs – When I attempted to make sense of your post, I imagined you as bobbling up and down in a tank of water…as you rise above the surface, you say a couple of words then go down again – only to keep repeat again the process till you’ve finished. Lord only knows what you are trying to say.

South GA Food Taxer

October 25th, 2012
11:39 am

You know, no oe is looking into the science of this story, just making silly jabs.

MiltonMan

October 25th, 2012
11:40 am

“I am sorry to say , I think CNN may be leaning right, I think that is why their viewer base has fallen.”

Gotta love that lib logic. I guess all the newspapers in this country are leaning right since print subscriptions rates are down right chief?

JaneJJ

October 25th, 2012
11:41 am

I have become so disappointed with CNN. In the past, I would first go to CNN to verify the integrity of a story. But they have changed so much to boost ratings that they have lost their identity. I believe that will come back to haunt them.

What is going on with the attack on women. As women, we have distance ourselves from the prejudice towards other Races when we really need to be looking out for ourselves. We still have a voice and can damn well make decisions for ourselves.

Shocked

October 25th, 2012
11:44 am

Women are hormonal??? I’m shocked.

C N N (Contemptuous Nonsensical News)

October 25th, 2012
11:45 am

This is what happens when people think they are so great.

People like:

Wolf Blitzer
Gloria Borger
Jack Cafferty
Candy Crowley
Dana Dash
Joe Johns
John King
Mary Matalin
Piers Morgan

I say clean house now.

At this point, all I'm hoping for is a mercifully quick election

October 25th, 2012
11:46 am

Maybe it’s just my hormones talking, but at this point in time all I want is for this election to be finished. If the Republicans win, please let it be definitive – a true sweep. If the Democrats win I want the same.

What I can’t deal with is another replay of 2004 where it went until 4am and nobody really knew what was happening until the next day’s news…watching the vote returns that night was agony. Can’t even stomach the thought of another election like in 2000, where it went on for WEEKS. Ugh. Just get it over with, already. Make a quick clean kill and then move on – that is my request to both parties.

C N N (Contemptuous Nonsensical News)

October 25th, 2012
11:50 am

@South GA Food Taxer

October 25th, 2012
11:39 am
You know, no oe is looking into the science of this story, just making silly jabs.

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NO ONE CARES about the science..

Why are white men so OBSESSED with women’s issues?

DO THEY HATE THEIR MOTHERS, THEIR WIVES, THEIR DAUGHERS?

Whats up with that?

Georgia

October 25th, 2012
11:55 am

Is this the trickle down government Romney talked about?

ROTFLMFAO

October 25th, 2012
11:56 am

CNN has” editorial standards”?

ROTFLMFAO

October 25th, 2012
11:58 am

Georgia

If you’re having a trickle down problem, get better napkins. :)

Country First

October 25th, 2012
12:01 pm

You young gals can’t buy new shoes with food stamps…better vote for Romney if you want a job to buy Momma some new shoes! Just sayin…you can predict the future by analyzing the past and Obama’s past is a US credit rating downgrade! No jobs, No hope! When he gets beat Nov. 6, he can keep being a regular on the talk show comedy circuit…that pays well!

Jon Lester

October 25th, 2012
12:02 pm

I stopped watching CNN when they hired Erick Erickson. They need to fire their entire stable of professional pundits if they want me back.

Finally

October 25th, 2012
12:05 pm

Too funny. This stuff is happening more and more with ‘news’ services just regurgitating other people’s stories without even checking.
To earlier post, here’s to hoping that we don’t have another attempted coup d’etat ala the 2000 election when Senator Gore attempted to cheat that election out. Be nice if we can have a gracious winner and a gracious loser, rather than a whole bunch of stinking lawyers involved.

Carl

October 25th, 2012
12:07 pm

CNN = Clinton News Network…they are a long ways from Fox.
They are way to the left.

Counsel for the Defense

October 25th, 2012
12:10 pm

CNN has lost any reason for its existence. All these Left Wing/Right Wing networks need to just go away and let us get back to balanced journalism in the U. S. Whatever happened to Walter Cronkite?

Aquagirl

October 25th, 2012
12:24 pm

Women are hormonal??? I’m shocked.

Yeah, that’s why we’re always starting wars or bar fights when someone looks at us funny. Or living vicariously through 19 year old quarterbacks.

rm

October 25th, 2012
12:28 pm

@ sheepdog. Please tell us whats its like to be so intelligent! Please?!

Ignorance is bliss and you are basking in it

Jane

October 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

Attn: Counsel for the Defense @ 12:10

Walter Cronkite was a left wing loon.

Country First

October 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

Aquagirl…Touche’

Obama Supporter

October 25th, 2012
12:30 pm

Vote for Obama…it is easier than getting a job.

On My Way

October 25th, 2012
12:30 pm

Women – please. No cause for alarm with the GOP. Anal rape will still be against God’s will.

Jock Sniffer

October 25th, 2012
12:32 pm

How ’bout them Dawgs!

On My Way

October 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

How can I get in touch with Jock Sniffer?

On My Way

October 25th, 2012
12:40 pm

@How can I get in touch with Jock Sniffer?

That is not my post Jock Sniffer. You are a scumb bag indeed!

Sandra Moore

October 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

CNN is the worst TV station in America. So left wing. See where it gets you as the country
goes down the tube if the Anti-American gets reelected. I pray that does not happen. Listen
to what will happen after the election. The truth shall prevail and the lies will show up.
Will be to late. Pray Obama does not get elected. No jobs. The government shall not make
a decision for a woman.

The Mirror

October 25th, 2012
12:51 pm

If CNN and the rest of the media is so left wing, why is the magical market you knuckle draggers love so much only sporting ONE ‘true’ conservnaci news source?

Could it be because your ‘markets’ don’t work?

Could it be because you are the fringe instead?

There’s always an excuse for capitalism.

There’s always an excuse for conservatism.

REAL philosophies don’t need to lie…and they don’t need excuses.

Capitalism>Communism because you can point at North vs South Korea.

Point at 1% unearned wealth and you have go hem and haw and shout, ‘jesus and the constitushun!’

Almost anything Else Besides Communism>Capitalism.

Otherwise it wouldn’t need LIES to make it work.

C N N (Contemptuous Nonsensical News)

October 25th, 2012
12:57 pm

@Sandra Moore

October 25th, 2012
12:44 pm
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YOU are whats wrong with this country.

YOU are more anti-american than President Obama.

If you were more EDUCATED you would know that Obama is an American.

The truth is people LIKE YOU who continue to say these things are either

stupid, uneducated, racist, have been living under a rock or you just want

the white man in and the black man out.

People like you have divided this country and have EXPOSED the truth that

you still prejudice.

I bet you work along side many people like Obama and those people do not

know that you feel this way.

THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG.

Black people now know that we cannot TRUST MOST OF YOU.

C N N (Contemptuous Nonsensical News)

October 25th, 2012
12:58 pm

CORRECTION

People like you have divided this country and have EXPOSED the truth that

you ARE still prejudice.

GG

October 25th, 2012
1:01 pm

Interesting how women are studied and poked and prodded while men on the other hand get to just be and do as they please.

RGB

October 25th, 2012
1:02 pm

Don’t be so harsh towards CNN.

Their study is accurate but they used too small of a sample. The only person whose hormones they checked was Anderson Cooper.

Statistically speaking, one cannot sample a single woman and apply the findings to a much larger population.

This is CNN.

Miguel

October 25th, 2012
1:11 pm

To answer an earlier question:

Walter Cronkite is dead. So probably in the ground or some urn or box somewhere…

The Maestro

October 25th, 2012
1:16 pm

I’d like Erin Burnett to get back into financial news where she can again use her economics and finance background. Nothing hotter than a great looking chick talking macro-economics.

On My Way

October 25th, 2012
1:17 pm

You would never get this type of distorted news at Fox!

R@D@

October 25th, 2012
1:23 pm

@ “On My Way” – 1:17 post:

Good one!!!

South GA Food Taxer

October 25th, 2012
1:23 pm

All this bickering back and forth without calmly looking at the facts is why we can’t get anything done in Washington or Atlanta. Nobody wants to go along to get along, they just want to win an argument and push their agenda.

It’s just like with that abortion bill in this year’s session. I told ‘em it was political suicide to bring something like that up in an election year. Had to dodge voting on because the nutjobs wanted to work their base. Those same nuts don’t care that our fundraising base is in Buckhead, not Valdosta, and fundraising is what’s important.

Now this thing with women and their hormones affecting their votes….. of course its true, but bringing it up is only going to make folks argue back and forth. Everybody knows that if a woman hosts a fundraiser for you, you don’t bring a date that is prettier than the host. Unles your date is your wife, then the host will probably give you a pass. But otherwise, its bad form.

Same right around election time. Be sweet to the ladies and they’ll be sweet to you. Men already know who they are going to vote for because they are hard headed. These ladies, though, they swing vote and a smile and a nod or a quick phone call to let them know you care, that’s how you get elected with them.

The X Factor

October 25th, 2012
1:24 pm

Aquagirl, I’d wager that wars and barfights don’t happen at nearly the same rate as husbands forced to sleep on the couch because they didn’t notice a new outfit.

Tap Out

October 25th, 2012
1:26 pm

By huge documented margins, liberal women are sexier and liberal men are physically superior. However, conservatives do tend to have the nicer seat cushions in their trucks.

Mike

October 25th, 2012
1:30 pm

Aquagirl is kinda funny though…:)

BobV

October 25th, 2012
1:46 pm

Men, of course, have no hormones whatsoever.