Thursday, June 7, 2012

Chart of the Day

It is alas against policy around here to reproduce a chart, but you really do want to click through and look at "Jenny McCarthy Causes Autism" over at Mostly True Stuff (via Drezner).

I have very little to add, but I couldn't resist a link to it. The clincher? "The blue line is made up."

Recommend using it next time you're teaching correlation vs. causation. Except, I suppose, for the part about it being made up.

On the other hand, one could argue that a made up line beats long-ago discredited data.

Well done.


  1. You know, when I wrote that crap on the birther thread about how in the world could Orly Taitz unearth a subtle fraud that eluded the State Dept, I admit I totally forgot about Jenny McCarthy.

    After all, when you consider Taitz in the McCarthy context, the conceit of Orly finding what the experts and institutional process miss seems entirely reasonable.

  2. Hi Jonathan!

    My name is Lexi, I wrote the post you've shared here. Thank you for sharing it! I've received a ton of hits from your site. I thought I'd drop by and let you know that you are more than welcome to post the chart here, and I'd be happy to email you a copy if you'd like a larger file.

    You have a fascinating blog. I'm excited to read further. Not so much me, as my husband, but it sounded better that way. We dig real politics. Nice work!



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