Yes, we realise this title sounds just a tad nerdy. What can we do? We’re journalists who like numbers (gasp!!!!).
But really. Numbers can lie just like people do. And it’s important to be able to recognise when a specific stat has been manipulated to tell you just one side of a story. We hope today’s episode will help with that. Let us know what you think!!
Download the episode here.
As you heard, we mentioned a lot of links in that episode. You can check them out here:
- Examples of varying stats on health insurance:
- And the corresponding primary document: https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/50252-Effects_of_ACA_Repeal.pdf
- Chicago Tribune Crime statistics: http://crime.chicagotribune.com/ http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/shootings
- Theft, Robbery and Burglary: http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/faq
- FiveThirtyEight on Trump’s Tweet: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/chicagos-murder-rate-is-rising-but-it-isnt-unprecedented/
And let us know if you find any other case studies that are related to this topic! We’re always looking for more material.