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Knowing what not to do

It is rather obvious that the authors of It Ain't Necessarily So believe that "journalists are often to blame" for the "rogue's gallery of ills" that they examined in their book (Murray, Schwartz, and Lichter 192).

Of course, the hypocrisy present in their text is also obvious, as I have pointed out before.

After backing away from the little things that bothered me in this text, however, I must admit that it helped me to learn a lot regarding the different methods that pollsters use to gather information, as well as the pros and cons of each. I suppose it is as important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do, when reporting about statistics or research -- or when reporting on anything else in the news.

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