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Example - Civil Rights Act[edit]

CNN made a classic mistake of ignoring a confounding variable in their retrospective on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by repeating the myth that more Republicans supported the bill,[1] going so far as to link to an article that explains why the opposite its true.[2] On the surface the argument seems compelling:

Democratic Republican
House 152 of 243 (62.5%) 137 of 172 (79.6%)
Senate 46 of 67 (68.6%) 27 of 33 (81.8%)
Overall 198 of 310 (63.9%) 164 of 205 (80.0%)
They ignored the fact that it was not simply a Democratic/Republican divide, there was also a North/South divide