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Lott’s Bias

In Lott’s latest piece he is once more complaining that the media doesn’t report defensive gun use. Mark Wilson intervened to try to stop a shooting rampage in Texas. Unfortunately, the shooter was wearing body armour and Wilson was shot and killed. The police eventually killed the shooter (full story). Lott concedes that Wilson’s bravery…

Lott and Bellesiles, together again

John Lott and Michael Bellesiles are both mentioned in a new book, Historians in Trouble by Jon Wiener. Wiener argues that the reason why Lott still has his job but Bellesiles doesn’t is power: The answer briefly is power—especially power wielded by groups outside the history profession. Historians targeted by powerful outside groups can face…

Another fabrication from Lott?

Lott has responded to Media Matters criticism of his comments on Florida 2000. Lott writes: Media matters makes it look like I was talking about “voter disenfranchisement” (which I assume includes the non-voted ballot issue) by adding into what I said the broader statement “[on voter disenfranchisement],” and misconstrued what I was saying. I have…

Bellesiles Update

Via Ralph Luker I find Andrew Ackerman’s correction of a Boston Globe article that downplayed Michael Bellesiles’ misconduct. The Emory panel rightly found Bellesiles guilty of falsification and other academic misconduct. It is disgraceful that the American Enterprise Institute refuses to conduct a similar investigation into John Lott’s conduct.

Media Matters for America details Lott’s latest bizarre claim about the 2000 election in Florida—on CNN Lott claimed: I think a lot of the discussion about disenfranchising African-American voters, in particular I think it’s been fairly sad, because I think there have been a lot of myths in Florida, for example. I mean, you have…

How accurate is Wikipedia?

Orin Kerr writes writes about Wikipedia My very tentative conclusion, based on a just few sample queries, is that I hope no one relies on Wikipedia for anything very important. Its entries seem to be a strange mix of accurate statements and egregious errors. My own experience is that Wikipedia is quite accurate and errors…

Private Guns, Public Health

This is David Hemenway’s response to criticism of his book Private Guns Public Health by Kevin Baker at The Smallest Minority. September 27, 2004 I was asked to respond to what is claimed to be a critique of my book by Kevin Baker. I have neither the time nor inclination to have a detailed response…

If the only tool you have is a hammer….

Summary: Lott and Hassett have not analyzed their data correctly—it actually shows no evidence that headlines are biased against Republicans. (My previous posts are here and here.) The essence of Lott and Hassett’s case that newspapers are biased against Republicans is given in their presentation: “In the case of unemployment, 44 percent of the headlines…

Lott media bias update

The AEI now has a video of the Lott/Hassett show alleging media bias against Republicans. (My previous post is here.) What is wrong with their study can be explained very briefly. First look at the graph on the left of unemployment rates. Now, here’s what Lott and Hassett say: “In the case of unemployment, 44…

I agree with Lott

By popular request I’m going to comment on Lott’s LA Times oped on the assault weapons ban. Basically, I agree with Lott here. As I noted earlier the ban doesn’t make sense. However, Chris Mooney has a point when he writes: Providing balance is one thing, and it’s something op-ed pages should strive for. But…