Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mass Media Stupidity

I recently came across a particularly appalling example of poor journalism from the New York Daily News. I was utterly shocked... and that's saying something.

Forget issues of correlation and causation. Forget a lack of understanding of scientific methodology. Forget not "getting" statistics (and especially the meaning of statistical significance) and hypothesis testing. The media usually screws all of these up, but this one's failure is more basic.

This article is reporting on a CNN piece.

When the news starts reporting what other news services say as the news, you know that it's time to find a new news source.

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