A lot of the coverage of the Rand Corp study on TV and pregnancy has thrown in assumptions our colorful descriptives that aren't there... and the invocation of Gossip Girl is a clear example. Rand didn't actually list the specific shows they were talking about... and if they had, Gossip Girl would not have been included, as that show began after their data-gathering ended. But articles keep mentioning that show.Here we go again: right wing think tank The Rand Corporation has concluded that the recent uptick in teenage pregnancy is due to... sexy TV shows. Like GOSSIP GIRL, which, among other things, gives teenage guys the idea that it's cool to sleep around. Teenage guys watch GOSSIP GIRL?
The study did not say TV caused a recent uptick in teenage pregnancy. They know better than that. The second sentence of their summary notes that "[teen pregnancy] rates have declined since 1991".
As for this being some reflection of Rand's leanings: Rand tends to study what they're hired to study, and they usually do a thorough job of it.