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CSU editor admonished, will keep job

The Denver Post: The Colorado State University editor who used the F-word in the student newspaper will keep his job. My biggest reaction to the editorial was not simply that it used the F-word, it’s that the editorial was so poorly framed — it consisted entirely of four words, “Taser this … F*** BUSH.”  I’m sure the phrasing was simply intended to be topical, but it nevertheless seems to suggest…

Simpson's paradox

While doing some advanced preparation for an upcoming unit on statistics in my news writing class, I learned something new today (from Wikipedia).  When coming across a statistic that looks like slam-dunk evidence of bias or wrongdoing, an activist will have a motivation to present that data to journalists in order to advance a particular perspective. The problem comes when the well-meaning activist does not really understand statistics, and so…