Man, a vacation really hurts a guy’s ability to break news.
I was working, not in a great hurry, on a follow-up to my Friday post about serial recount alarmist John Lott. The conservative researcher keeps insisting our evil Canvassing Board is counting Coleman votes for Franken.
Four days ago, I noted both Lott examples of this switcheroo were bunk. Today, in a Fox News piece, he threw out another. Could it be that I’d be the one eating my words this time?
I sent emails to the Franken campaign and a Strib contact; both said the vote had gone to Coleman. I didn’t want to take their word for it, but there wasn’t yet confirmation from the official Secretary of State spreadsheet. So I went out for some Christmas shopping.
By the time I got back, FiveThirtyEight.com’s hardworking Nate Silver had the goods: Lott was wrong again.
To be fair, Lott was the victim of what seems to be a Strib typo. The paper has done a great job on their “Ballot Challenge” site, but mistakes happen when posting thousands of images and outcomes.
I wasn’t willing to rely strictly on the newspaper, and Lott shouldn’t have either. But once again, he shot first and asked questions later.
Silver notes that Fox played this story on their front page. Do you suppose they’ll give a correction the same prominence?
[Yes, the Strib should also correct, but their error is a detail, not a centerpiece.]