Herald, AP got facts wrong

The Herald should be concerned with verifying the facts before printing stories. This is particularly true related to the Nov. 13 article on Florida’s election, “Absentees due Friday, but they may not end it,” by Laura Meckler of the Associated Press. In the article Ms. Meckler states, “Pat Buchanan … got an unusually large number of votes from the (Palm Beach) county.” That isn’t actually true. Pat Buchanan received .788 percent of the vote in Palm Beach but that amount was exceeded in seven other counties, some by over double that percentage. Overall Palm Beach is just slightly above the average but statistically well within the normal voting pattern in Florida for Buchanan. Of course if the Associated Press and The Herald published that, it would kill a good political controversy. Remember the saying, “Figures never lie but liars figure.”

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