How to make misleading headlines while presenting facts, an example from PEW Research. A Limerick

A misleading headline from PEW

will fool you, and yet it is true.

If it’s stated as fact

it will make you react

if said without hullabaloo

The chart explains beautifully how the death rates have come down in Democratic districts and been more stable in Republican district.

Another, more descriptive headline would be: The death rate from COCID-19 in Democratic districts is improving. In mid April it used to be 3.7 times worse  than the death rate in Republican districts. It is now only 2.4 times worse.

Both statements are true, and both are partisan.

The PEW Research Center prides itself of being non-partisan. Here is their mission statement: We generate a foundation of facts that enriches the public dialogue and supports sound decision-making. We are nonprofit, nonpartisan and nonadvocacy. We value independence, objectivity, accuracy, rigor, humility, transparency and innovation.

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lenbilen

Retired engineer, graduated from Chalmers Technical University a long time ago with a degree in Technical Physics. Career in Aerospace, Analytical Chemistry, computer chip manufacturing and finally adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania State University, taught just one course in Computer Engineering, the Capstone Course.

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