Monday, 23 April 2007

Teaching moments

Free Exchange notes New York Times reporter Erik Eckholm playing fast and loose with infant mortality statistics to extrapolate ominous trends from what appear to be random year-to-year fluctuations in infant death rates (and a downward-sloping overall trend, to boot).

One might also wonder what effect—if any—Hurricane Katrina had on the 2005 mortality rate. That is, if one weren’t Eckholm, who doesn’t even mention the possibility of a relationship with the largest natural disaster in Mississippi history.


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But wasn’t Hurricane Katrina caused by KKKarl Rove, making the data consistent with known facts about the causal relationship between infant death and Rethuglican presidents (who obviously hate poor children most of all)?

Just a thought…


One can’t trust the NY Times to be accurate on anything though. Their stories always should be verified by another source.

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