Media’s Dubious Interpretation of ‘Just the Facts’

Chicago writer Dennis Byrne proudly presents the 2002 Dubious Data Awards. Compiled by the Statistical Assessment Service, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research organization, this annual award salutes the “10 most misleading, inaccurate or downright lazy news coverage interpretations of statistics or scientific research during each year.” Byrne includes his own Honorable Mention: Dianne Sawyer for not presenting equal time to opponents of former Illinois Governor George Ryan’s blanket clemency to death row inmates. He also issues himself and other media pundits the “U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel trophy” for swallowing “conventional wisdom” about the disproportionate numbers of African Americans who are risk in the military or were killed during the Vietnam War.
-Erin Ferdinand

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