The sky is falling, no, wait

The sky is falling, no, wait: I love blogs and all, but I’ve ranted for years about how reporters should never be trusted with numbers. I’m about to decide non-technical bloggers may be even worse when it comes to interpreting numbers. Even Wonkette, the former Ph.D. student, is spewing out rumored numbers that are now raging around the blogosphere as if they’re fact. It’s meme-gone-wild. Do these exit polls include early voters? Have we not forgotten what the early exit polls revealed in 2000? Relax. Have a beer. Rumors of exit polls without any context or understanding of the methodology is like crack cocaine in the hands of bloggers (and reporters as well, for that matter).