Monday, May 27, 2013

The Crack Baby Story: Another Example of the Abuse of Statistics


The recent misleading report of an explosion of sexual assaults in the U.S. military  - endlessly cited by politicians, including the President - is not unique. The media (and politicians) have a long history of abusing statistics. See, e.g., Michael Winerip, Revisiting the ‘Crack Babies’ Epidemic That Was Not NYTimes (May 20, 2013).
 

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