Charts and graphs are great, because they can let you see a pattern that you might not see in a spreadsheet, but they only work when you use the actual data. Fox News isn’t doing themselves any favors by putting up this chart. It shows the recently announced drop in unemployment rate to 8.6 percent as a non-change. The November rate is lower than the March rate of 8.8 percent, but it’s shown to be higher in the Fox News chart. Here’s what the graph should look like, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (flowingdata)

…refrain from asserting that the planet has warmed (or cooled) in any given period without IMMEDIATELY pointing out that such theories are based upon data that critics have called into question.
Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon, in an e-mail to staff 15 minutes after Fox correspondent Wendell Goler accurately reported on-air that the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization announced that 2000-2009 was “on track to be the warmest [decade] on record.” via Media Matters for America (via washingtonpoststyle)