Thursday, December 10, 2009
Zero tolerance ± 20%
Last week, I was complaining about a pie chart graphic on a Fox news affiliate in Chicago. This latest bad arithmetic comes the de facto Republican propaganda arm, Fox News. These three numbers add up to 120%. Someone somewhere wanted to make a strong point, so they combined "very likely" at 35% and the not shown "likely" at 24% into "somewhat likely" 59%. One of the on-air morons, Brian Kilmeade, then added up the 59% and 35% to get 94% and made a point about that, even though the extra 26% was staring him in the puss when he did his little mental party trick.
Last month, a Fox News memo was released that showed someone at the company was actually embarrassed about the number of on-air screw ups and would institute a zero tolerance policy. If it's real, the person who made the chart should be fired, the director who put it on the air demoted and Kilmeade given a strong on-air censure and made to apologize.
Anyone want to place a bet on any of those three things actually happening?