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No Need To Guess

Often, when Congresspeople get in some sort of trouble, it's a puzzler figuring out what their political party is. Apparently, though, the WaPo has learned the error of its previous ways. They are right up front about this Senator, for some reason:

GOP Senator Pleaded Guilty After Restroom Arrest

I'm glad that they've finally stopped making us guess. At least until the next time. It does take some fun out of it, though.

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 28, 2007 07:05 AM
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I dunno, it's never been a puzzler to me.

If the party isn't mentioned, he's a Democrat. I don't think I've ever been steered wrong by that heuristic.

Posted by Sigivald at August 28, 2007 11:03 AM

Whenever there is a newspaper, radio or TV report on the troubles of a politician and no suffix is given, I automagically label said person a "D".

Posted by Bill at August 28, 2007 11:09 AM

You assumed "D" about this time four years ago when the NYTimes did not explicitly state that manslaughtering Rep. Janklow was a Republican? I am afraid that to assume creates the usual problem.

This reminds me of Instapundit's certainty that Big Media never noted the downside of low unemployment when it was happening under Clinton.

Though the media has its biases, observers of it should check their own bias of which omissions they remember and which they forget.

Posted by PG at August 28, 2007 12:34 PM

One can always find exceptions, PG. That doesn't invalidate the general thesis. What's important is the frequency of occurrence.

Posted by Rand Simberg at August 28, 2007 12:46 PM

Yes, you could consider it the difference between a single data point and the expected value for the entire curve.

The fact that a single data point might lie at the far left or far right end of the curve doesn't invalidate the expected value. :)

Posted by Casey Tompkins at August 28, 2007 03:19 PM

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