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Dr. Matt J. Duffy serves as an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Media at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, USA. He enjoys teaching the art of good journalism, a noble profession and powerful tool for social change. Duffy worked as a journalist for several news outlets including the Boston Herald and the Marietta Daily Journal. He now teaches journalism and media law.
Duffy's research focuses on international approaches to media law. Wolters Kluwer will publish the second edition of his"Media Laws in the United Arab Emirates" in 2016. He has published more than a dozen academic articles and writes occasionally for niche publications. Duffy enjoyed a visit to Pakistan in May 2016 as part of the Fulbright Scholar program from the US State Department. Since 2012, Duffy has served on the board of the Arab-United States Association for Communication Educators, an organization that aims to improve journalism in the Middle East. He also owns Oxford Editing that he started in 2007.

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Bad poll

posted on October 20, 2005 at 10:39 am

Incredibly poor news judgment shown by the editors of the Wall Street Journal Online. This story‘s headline reads: “Poll Shows Strong Public Support For Range of Health Practices.” One of these health practices is a 75 percent support for universal health care, the message touted in the email alerting me to the poll.

But, the poll was conducted online — presumbably by computer users who chose to log on and answer the questions. By no means does this represent a statistically representative sample of the “public.” (Very little detail was given regarding the collection of the poll, but online surveys as a rule can’t be called representative because no attempt at getting a cross-section of the public is made.)

The fact that the editors chose to make this into a news story either shows (a) their bias in favor of universal health care or (b) their illiteracy in reading polling data. At the very least, the story should point out that the poll isn’t representative. And the headline shouldn’t have the word “public” in it.

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