The Dangers of Dunking on D’Souza

Whose history is the “real” one? For the past few months, Princeton’s Kevin Kruse has been conducting a master class in responding to partisan punditry in the field of US History. As I argue this morning at History News Network, though, Prof. Kruse’s efforts are not likely to convince many conservatives.kruse dunk twitter

I won’t re-hash the argument, but if you’re interested, click on over and check it out. And if you’re really curious, you can also follow the discussion about Twitter on Twitter.

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  1. I have not been following this topic but @axelbeingcivil over on History News Network asks, “Out of curiosity, what are the statistics on this?”

    When I read the article, my suspicions were raised, or perhaps it was a case of smelling putrid fish. The statistics are a mathematical curiosity known as Simpson’s Paradox. The particular example that is being referred to is:

    As I have said, I have not been following this, but the question that I would ask is:

    Did Dinesh D’Souza arrive at his conclusion after performing a statistical analysis of the actual voting patterns, or did he find find this counter-intuitive result somewhere (like the above) and decide that he could use it to make a convincing argument to mislead the innocent?

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