Disingenuous Counting

In National Review Online, Editor Emeritus Alston Ramsay ’04 questions the statistical methodology Iraq Body Count, an anti-war organization, used to determine civilian casualties in Iraq. His conclusion: they’re not exactly making the numbers up, but they’re close.

From the article:

[C]ivilians have been and continue to be killed in Iraq. The problem, however, is that an organization with an obvious axe to grind is getting attention from numerous media organizations ? and people are actually taking it seriously. Hard-and-fast numbers on civilian deaths would certainly be a boon to the national and international discourse on Iraq, but IBC is doing nothing more than blindly throwing darts at a dartboard. Unfortunately, the target this latest go-round was media attention and widespread disinformation. And Iraq Body Count hit the bull?s eye.