What Do a New Orleans Death Spike and a Study on Surplus Embryos Have in Common?

They were both widely reported this week, although not at ABC News. Gary Langer, who runs polling at ABC and also acts as its data cop, kept both stories off the air after kicking their tires and determining that they weren’t worth reporting. Langer was obviously not sufficiently consulted in the ParisHilton– gets-out-of-jail story.


frankenduf

paris is gonna sell her virginity for bail- what should the bidding start at?

discordian

she'll have to buy it back first

jroane

So if Mr Langer believes that the data supporting the New Orleans story is inaccurate and a major news operation is reporting it as accurate, wouldn't it be "news" to refute the findings instead of ignoring it?

editorguy

SD: I'm sure your favorite copydesk folks would agree that you can't complain about people caring too much about Paris Hilton when you post about her and compound the error by featuring her photo.

I'm just sayin'.

luxlunae

I think he accurately judged that america is sick of hearing about new orleans.

frankenduf

paris is gonna sell her virginity for bail- what should the bidding start at?

discordian

she'll have to buy it back first

jroane

So if Mr Langer believes that the data supporting the New Orleans story is inaccurate and a major news operation is reporting it as accurate, wouldn't it be "news" to refute the findings instead of ignoring it?

editorguy

SD: I'm sure your favorite copydesk folks would agree that you can't complain about people caring too much about Paris Hilton when you post about her and compound the error by featuring her photo.

I'm just sayin'.

luxlunae

I think he accurately judged that america is sick of hearing about new orleans.