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But if you take the data, light it on fire, run it through the dishwasher, and play Scrabble with it, it proves my argument!

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Any guesses on how Colin Woodard produced this atrocity against statistical inference? Not only has The New York Times once again demonstrate that it views opinion pieces as fact-free zones, but it actually devoted resources to creating a graphic that will make a good “how to lie with statistics” exercise in political-science classes. Meanwhile, their own Upshot section recently blessed us with a map that illustrates why Woodard is full of it.

I swear, I had more intensive fact-checking for a piece on f—ing Harry Potter that I wrote for The New Republic than the New York Times can apparently be bothered with.

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