Just the Factoids


The National Center for Public Policy Research has an eye-opening Harper's-style "index" of data related to the Medicare bill that tries a little too hard to be cute (it's identified in the headline as an "irreverant…parody") but is nonetheless worth a look.

In addition to its aren't-we-clever tone, the press release suffers from the annoyingly common misuse of the word factoid, which means something false misrepresented as a fact. By calling its data "factoids," NCPPR invites distrust from anyone who knows what a factoid is. Is that too small a group to worry about?