A reporting fail on failing reports.

I’m a little late to this link, but the always-excellent Language Log has a great post eviscerating a recent Wall Street Journal article.

So in an article about “severe shortcomings in the nation’s reading education”, the Wall Street Journal’s ace reporter made an elementary mistake in reading comprehension. But wait, it gets better.

My philosophy: always be skeptical of a general interest publication’s story on any kind of scientific or statistical results; these stories are all too often ill-considered or not thoroughly thought out. (And this example is rather egregious.)