The Daily Howler is all over the media for its sour reporting about the latest international test (TIMSS). He finds that they reverted to their “doom and gloom” scenario without bothering to dig into the data.

He dug into the data and found lots to cheer about.

In this post, Bob Somerby parses the data and discovers that black students in Massachusetts did as well as students in Finland on the eighth grade math test.

Surely that is newsworthy, isn’t it? I mean, if the media wants to find headlines, this ought to be one. But it was not, because they can’t break free of their customary lens.

Hello, New York Times! Hello, newspaper of record!