A Conversation with Vox in Which They Send a Lawyer at Me

These letters are part of a set of letters issued to New York Magazine in response to on false memory and repressed memory. For greater context, and to see all letters, please .

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Immediately after sending to the editor to The Cut, I began hearing from others who had sent their own letters that had never seen the light of day. I started collecting them in one place, which which would become .

I asked each writer whether The Cut had responded at all. At that point, only Elizabeth Loftus — a memory…


A Letter from Professor Frederick Crews

These letters are part of a set of letters issued to New York Magazine in response to on false memory and repressed memory. For greater context, and to see all letters, please .

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A letter from Professor Frederick Crews, author of The Memory Wars, and Freud: The Making of an Illusion:

January 18, 2021

By suggesting that Pamela Freyd, in the 1990s, assembled the False Memory Syndrome Foundation in order to protect child molesters, Katie Heaney smears a woman whom many of us know as a model of compassion, devotion, and rational discernment. Pam Freyd brought our…


These letters are part of a set of letters issued to New York Magazine in response to on false memory and repressed memory. For greater context, and to see all letters, please .

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A letter from Timothy Binga at the Center for Inquiry:

January 26, 2021

“The Memory War” and the FMSF

The False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) was recently the target of a malicious article in New York Magazine (January 24, 2021, and online in The Cut, a subsection of the New York Magazine website). The article is titled “The Memory War,” with the tag line…


These letters are part of a set of letters issued to New York Magazine in response to on false memory and repressed memory. For greater context, and to see all letters, please .

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A letter from Evan Anderson to New York Magazine:

January 19, 2021

Hi Melissa and Katie,

I want to make sure you’re both aware of the egregiously poor reporting in “The Memory War.” Katie, this has been pointed out to you by several different people on Twitter and also on Lucien’s Patreon: . …


These letters are part of a set of letters issued to New York Magazine in response to on false memory and repressed memory. For greater context, and to see all letters, please .

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A letter from Lucien Greaves to New York Magazine:

January 18, 2021

Passive consumers of news never seem short on advice as to how I should handle “the media.” They also usually seem confident in their assumptions about how I should expect to be treated by journalists: taken out of context, misrepresented, distorted to fit their agenda.

As somebody who has been a controversial…


These letters are part of a set of letters issued to New York Magazine in response to on false memory and repressed memory. For greater context, and to see all letters, please .

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“This issue has been studied exhaustively for thirty years.”

A letter from Dr. Elizabeth Loftus.

January 13, 2021

To the Editor:

Since neither Katie Heaney nor New York Magazine’s fact checkers saw fit to contact me for confirmation of the allegations in her article “The Memory War”, I would like to report her mistakes here:

1. Heaney’s description of the Eileen Franklin case is inaccurate. Franklin’s conviction was overturned not because of the…


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About a week ago, New York Magazine’s worryingly poor reporting in a story about the debate over so-called “recovered memory” (). I was reporting then that New York Magazine and its website, The Cut, seemed to be ignoring critical feedback and requests for corrections, some from experts, some from their own sources, and some from readers who spotted important holes in the coverage.

I published several of the letters New York Magazine didn’t print. (If you haven’t read them, .) The only reply I received from Vox Media (which owns both…


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This month, New York Magazine and its website, The Cut, published a story by writer Katie Heaney about the controversy surrounding “recovered memory,” and using the False Memory Syndrome Foundation as a central talking point. You can read the article . A companion podcast episode is .

False memory and recovered memory happen to be obsessions of mine, and so I was excited to see new coverage on the subject. But, for reasons that will appear below, I was — to put it mildly — disappointed in that coverage. I subsequently sent a letter to the editor, intended for publication…


These fuckers were doing science before you were born.

Science knows it doesn’t know everything; otherwise, it’d stop. But just because science doesn’t know everything doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairy tale most appeals to you.” — Dara O’Briain

Do you reject “western” medicine, opting instead for more “natural” alternatives? Do you avoid GMOs, antibiotics, and the flu shot? Would you rather receive healing through vitamins, herbs, and energy, than doctors and pills, packaged in toxic green colors and wrapped in labels with warnings of frightening side effects?

I understand your position quite well; I held it for about a decade. I feared doctors…

Carrie Poppy

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