This isn’t entirely on Gerson. Silver thinks the survey itself could have been better constructed. Calling partisan identification too fluid, he suggests “a more telling measure might be to see a breakdown in support by voters who identify themselves as conservative, moderate or liberal.” That might produce a clearer and less hang-up-filled picture of the population’s opinions, but it won’t deter the uncritical usage of its results. That requires columnists to take a step back and think about how numbers are constituted, and what they do or don’t actually prove.
08:00 AM - April 9, 2009
Painting by Polling Number
WaPo’s Gerson depicts wide partisan gap, misses bigger picture
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
True on the internet
Different century, same tricks
Hint: viral wins
Bestowing the annual honor on Snowden would send an important message
Jane Hall interviews Barton Gellman about his NSA stories, including how Edward Snowden contacted him
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.