Precinct 333

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Who Writes These Things?

The following two headlines showed up on my home page at

Survey: 9-11 Families Split on RNC in N.Y.

Survey: 9-11 Kin Don't Want RNC in N.Y.

I'm going to try to find out who is responsible for the headlines -- them or AP.

Why my interest? Because the articles are identical -- and refer to a bogus study of 339 family and friends of WTC victims sponsored by the New York Times. So which is it? Are they split, or opposed?

And why do I call the survey bogus? The problem is that the there is no clearly defined pool of people to survey (does our initial universe of survivors include all colse family members and friends, and how do we determine who is close enough to be a survivor), therefore we don't know if the sample is random. And since the survey excluded the families and friends of Pentagon and Pensylvania victims, it isn't really a survey of 9/11 kin like the headline states. In other words, we can't be sure of the reliability of the survey because it is flawed from the get-go.


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