“Media gets a lot wrong, not because they mean badly, but because they’re journalists, they majored in communications, they’re not people who wanted to spend two years studying statistical methodology so they could really learn how to do a social science survey.”
I posted a brief reply to her blog. Yes, programs in political science and in sociology sometimes teach survey methodology, but it would be fair to say that it was nurtured and developed within a series of departments and schools of communication.
She rightly notes that most journalists lack strong statistical and mathematical skills. The issue here (and really this is at a tangent to her point) is that most folks still conflate a degree in journalism (a professional degree) with a degree in communication (a research degree). This is in no way her fault, since within our own field there is little agreement.