Posted by: arnegrim | September 16, 2010

Misleading news

I’m sure there’s been a study done on how many people read the first couple paragraphs in an article and nothing more… and I’m sure it’s quite a high number.  I’m also sure that the media is well aware of this… which makes the deception so disgusting.

First and Second paragraphs: “The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty.

The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama’s first year in office.”

Hmmm… 14.3%!  Wow, I knew that the economy was bad… since the 1960s… that’s really bad!

Sixth paragraph: “The 14.3 percent poverty rate, which covers all ages, was the highest since 1994. Still, it was lower than estimates of many demographers who were bracing for a record gain based on last year’s skyrocketing unemployment. Many had predicted a range of 14.7 percent to 15 percent.”

Wait… highest since 1994?  I thought it was the highest since the 1960s…?!?

OH!!! Working-age poverty versus overall poverty… 14.3% has nothing to do with the first paragraph…

10th paragraph: “_Among the working-age population, ages 18 to 65, poverty rose from 11.7 percent to 12.9 percent.”

Why can’t they just be straightforward from the start?


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