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Tilting at Windmills

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November 16, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

A PLEA TO MICHAEL KINSLEY....OK, I asked this once before, but the LA Times editorial page is under new management so I'm going to ask again: what is John Lott doing writing op-eds for them? The man is a fraud and the Times demeans itself by allowing him space on their pages.

This has nothing to do with complicated arguments over statistical models that require an advanced degree to understand. It's also not about the fact that he appears to have lied about conducting a survey that he doesn't seem to have actually conducted. Neither is it about his infamous career as "Mary Rosh" defending his own work under a pseudonym on the internet.

It's about the fact that he has posted, retracted, and then reposted fraudulent data and then covered it up. Details are here, and no mathematical background is needed to understand it.

If anyone from the LA Times editorial page is reading this or anyone from any other editorial page, for that matter do your credibility a favor. Stop publishing this guy.

Kevin Drum 12:09 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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