Monday, December 29, 2008

The economy and shoplifting: an update

Slate's Jack Shafer deconstructs the New York Times' shoplifting story that I linked to last week. Shafer shows that there is a lot less to the Times' numbers than it first appears.

Several of the Times' examples are anecdotal. Shafer goes on to describe supporting anecdotes from other newspaper stories as well as some contradictory anecdotes.