We all know the old quote (Twain or whoever). What are your favorite (or most hated) examples. Many will be political but i’d like to keep value judgements out of it and focus how the statistics are fudged to make them say something they don’t really support.
My current one is, of course, unemployment is higher now than when Obama took office. I don’t go a day without hearing it. Well yes, it was 7.8% when he was inaugurated. But it was 6.1% in September 2008 and 9.4% by May 2009 and over 10% by July so the trend wasn’t exactly positive.
One of my favorites from the past was “Al Gore’s house in TN uses 254 times more energy in one year than the average person’s house does per month.” People of course focus on the 254 and completely miss the juxtaposition of a year and a month. So, the statement is true, but it’s really a lie. (there were lots of other fudges that brought the actual value down to like 3X average but the year vs month was the really egregious part)