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Noble: Not so fast; facts are stubborn—why TTPS poll is unfortunate attempt at misdirection

The Mark Twain quote ‘facts are stubborn, statistics are flexible’ seemed appropriate last week, as the news about New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s misclassification of 9,000 Covid-19 deaths broke, shattering the carefully groomed image of his pandemic achievements as a national leader.  Cuomo, ably assisted by his aides, sought to …

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Noble: Termites eating our democracy—the danger of spin doctors in ‘independent’ clothing

Distrust of politicians and public figures is a mainstay of democratic politics. Trust and distrust go hand in hand.  We have institutions as a check on untrammelled forays by politicians, but we also use public opinion as a brake. The savage lampooning or ‘fatigue’ of the unfortunate George Chambers—‘done see’/‘duncy’—signalled …

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