Monday, August 5, 2013

US News's "Poll: 78 Percent of Young Women Approve of Weiner"

Best. Awful. Headline. Ever.

This headline makes it sound like a large majority of young woman support the sexting, bad-decision-making, former NY representative Anthony Weiner. If one takes a moment to read the article, they will learn that the "young women" sampled were recruited from A website for women looking for sugar daddies.

If you want your brain to further explode, read through the comments section for the article. Everyone is reacting to the headline, very few people actually read through the article themselves...which provides further anecdotal evidence of the fact that most folks can't tell good data from bad (and that part of our job as statistics instructors, in my opinion, is to ameliorate this problem).