Friday, December 21, 2007

Fractions are Hard

At least for Janet Hook of the LA Times: She finds "ambivalence" in the facts that 1 in 3 Americans would deny social services to illegals, while on the other hand 60% favor a path to citizenship for illegals.


66% not in favor of denying social services is evidence of anti-immigrant sentiment while 60% favoring a path to citizenship is evidence of pro-immigrant sentiment??

Besides finding this ambivalent, she refers to the two factoids as "crosscurrents".

I think we need a Federal "no reporter left behind" bill that pays for mandatory 4th grade math education and then implements a competency test that you must pass before getting a byline.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The editor missed this one too. Apparently arithmetically challenged reporters move on to become arithmetically challenged editors.