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Shit that Pissed me off – 11/1

Fox News Lies with Statistics

Normally I don’t bother writing about Fox news because they are a biased source and who really cares when they say stupid shit?  The people who watch and believe Fox news will continue to watch and believe Fox news no matter how often the bias is shown.

But bad graphs really annoy me, you know?

Take this one:

HOLY FUCK!  Look how many more people are on Welfare than have full time jobs!  That’s a huge amount of….waitaminnit.

Actually, that’s only about 900,000 people but it looks like a whole lot more than that because of the scale they chose for their Y axis.  When you look more closely, you will see there is actually no scale on their Y Axis. If we assume the bar on the right is equal to 101.7 million, the bar on the left, which is five times as big, ought to be equal to over 500 million.  But it isn’t.

Because the axis doesn’t have a scale.  They just picked a bigger bar and a littler bar and slapped numbers on them.

Their numbers, by the way, are also total bullshit.  Even if they got the numbers right, though, this graph would be a travesty.

Being biased is one thing.  Being biased and stupid is unacceptable.

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