Tuesday, December 08, 2009

How to Lie With Statistics - Fox News Style

Think Progress has been tracking the math-challenged folk at Fox News. Last month Fox pegged support for Republican candidates for president in 2012 at 193%. This month they are doing some fuzzy math over the global warming debate, finding that 94% of the public supported Fox's position (out of a polling total of 120%).

If the book How to Lie with Statistics isn't in your library it ought to be.


Anonymous said...

One has to believe that Fox's apparent cluelessness about simply (VERY simple) statistical concepts is intentional. Mistakes? Unless they are hiring 3rd graders to do their math, I doubt it -- and, I apologize to 3rd graders, because you're much more capable than that.

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