I still don’t know the source of the RCT Gold Standard Rhetoric, do you?

Cartoon-Well RCTs are the gold standard. They're like a shiny rock that only has value because people with a vested interest say so?

Today’s cartoon flashback comes from a post I put together early last year on the RCT Gold Standard Rhetoric.  I tried, and failed, to find the source of the rhetoric, only a kooky theory about Harry Gold’s Standard (you’ll have to read the comments for that one).

We did learn the source of randomista and came up with a good amount of evidence that regardless of the original coining, the RCT is currently the “Gold Standard” for a number of big important organizations.

Have any additional insight?  Go ahead and comment on that post.