This is a little thing I made to explain the importance of spin. These are two stories both about the same event. On the left we see that the National Bank of Greece posted profits for Q3 and on the right we see that they posted losses.
Both of these stories are correct, but the way they emphasize is very misleading.
The story from Ekathimerini on the left took the earnings information for Q1, Q2, and Q3 and added them together, the result was indeed a profit when compared to this time last year.
However, as the Wall Street Journal article points out, Q1 and Q2 were profitable, not Q3. So yeah, National Bank of Greece is in the black compared to this time last year, but that’s DESPITE Q3 earnings, not because of it.
Just a little something to think about.
Fox posted this very misleading graphic comparing people on welfare to people with full-time jobs to conclude that there are more people on welfare than with jobs—by the looks of this chart, 5 times as many people on welfare than there are working.
Let’s break down everything that is wrong with this.
- The chart uses a shortened y-axis to make the number of people on welfare look 5 times as large as the number of people with jobs. 108.6 is not five times bigger than 101.7.
- The figure for the “people on welfare” includes anyone in a household where one member participated in a means-tested program. The figure for people with a full-time job is only individuals who worked.
- Many people who receive federal benefits also work—6.4 million households where someone works also receive food stamps, for example.
Fox has a history of misleading graphics, but this one really exposes their smear campaign against government programs. Charts this bad don’t happen by accident.
1. If you’re still at college join your paper as soon as possible.
2. When you start freelancing set a minimum you’re willing to work for. (If you let them pay you shit you get treated like shit)
3. Be relentless. If this is something you want to do, seize it. Journalism isn’t a fallback career, you’ve got to want it with all your heart.
4. Be open to criticism. But be confident in your own work.
5. Read read read read. Books on journalism, on news, history politics. Suck up as much background information you can.
Hope this helps!
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