Thursday, February 2, 2012

Watch Bill O'Reilly Fail A Basic Statistics Class Whilst Discussing Weed

By David Downs
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The Dutch have lower levels of access to, and use of, cannabis among teens compared to Americans — and it's not because they're winning some insane War on Mind Alteration. It's because Bill O'Reilly doesn't live there and bum everyone out.

Below, O'Reilly dismisses the Dutch's lower cannabis use rates by acting like he doesn't understand how statistics work, then passing that idiocy onto his lovely viewers.

From Sociological Images via Boing Boing:

"Gretchen Carlson mentions that 40 percent of Americans in the U.S. report having ingested marijuana, compared to 22 percent of the Dutch. O'Reilly responds with shocking statistical illiteracy (or a willingness to assume the illiteracy of his viewers). Confusing percentages with whole numbers, he says: "The way they do the statistics in the Netherlands is different, plus its a much smaller country, it's a much smaller base to do the stats on.""

And that's how you keep the Drug War going, y'all.

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