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.

2 comments:

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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