Our view: Reasoning-by-story-telling is demagoguery, just as news-by-anecdote is poison, and they have infected most of the politics and the media. Yes, it you read this article in full it makes the correct point that illustrations are fine as long as the data support a claim that the illustration is representative. But far too many politicians and journalists use only anecdotes, which is deplorable. The NYT is perhaps the worst offender. It regularly begins news stories with an anecdote and provides no support that the anecdote is typical.
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