Sunday, 6 February 2011

There's facts - and then there's statistics

"Truth and news are not the same thing."
Katharine Graham, owner of The Washington Post
"Statistics are like bikinis.  What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital."  Aaron Levenstein
Headlined, in the print edition: At least 20,000 police jobs to go

Headlined Police cuts 'will lead to at least 10,000 officers'

Why cannot politicians just tell us the truth and why cannot the media and press desist from misleading headlines?
"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable. "
"Statistics are like women; mirrors of purest virtue and truth, or like whores to use as one pleases."
Theodor Billroth

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