05/19/2012 11:41 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

A Noted Psychiatrist Said Gay People Can Become Straight. Now He Says He's Wrong. Not Good Enough.

In 1999, Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, considered by some to be "the father of modern psychiatry," interviewed 200 men and women who had undergone "conversion" therapy.

His conclusion: gay people could become straight.

Now, 11 years later, he's recanted and apologized. His study was flawed, he says. Anecdotal. Not scientifically rigorous.

Yeah, but that's the least of it: How about the total absence of common sense?

Surely Spitzer had some idea that being gay in much of America means discrimination, derision, victimhood. If homosexuals could be "cured," why weren't millions of gay men and women flocking to conversion therapy? And why weren't those centers reporting eye-popping results?

I think his apology, though welcome, is an evasion: a cover-up for some problem or agenda of his own.

If ever a shrink needed a shrink, it's Spitzer.