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Although the Fact That a Thriller Contains Scenes of Violent Crime is Very Convincing Data

[ 6 ] May 29, 2010 |

As Doug says, it doesn’t get much more embarrassing than this. And as of now the howler remains uncorrected. And Clive Crook still finds this transparently idiotic analysis very compelling.

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  1. wilibrord says:

    I thought that statistic looked suspicious, but I was too lazy to look it up. I should be a journalist.

  2. Downpuppy says:

    Watching Yglesias flounder around trying to correct his own series of typos, errors & general incoherence just makes it funnier.

    • Jonathan says:

      I almost want to think that the typos and errors on Yglesias’ part are a clever satirical farce excoriating Crook. If it’s not, it should be.

  3. DrDick says:

    It begins to look as though expecting even minimal competence among our elite journalists is far too much.

  4. DocAmazing says:

    From Foreign Policy, not terribly surprising. Some years back, they ran a piece by Anders Aslund about how much better off people were in the post-USSR Russia that got mortality figures backwards. Anything to make the point that capitalism is Good For You and socialism Is Not.

  5. central texas says:

    I clicked on the link and noticed Mr. Crook’s bio for the first time. The Economist for 11 years. That explains a lot about both.

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