Wow. Here’s a great read from the Daily Howler on the New York Times’ coverage of school test scores in North Carolina. In essence, Wake County’s test scores differ very little from those statewide, yet the article leads readers to believe there are vast improvements in the county. Why? Perhaps because Wake County buses minority students to achieve economic integration. Perhaps that’s a great idea, but if it is then the statistics should stand up by themselves — not with smoke and mirrors. Classic example of inventing a story that agrees with your political leanings.

(Hattip: Instapundit.)