Anyone else notice something wrong with this ad?
I normally go out of my way to ignore political ads, but this one caught my eye because of the “bar graph.” The first column shows the actual number of manufacturing jobs lost. The second column shows the percentage increase in manufacturing. Apples and oranges. I’m no whiz with statistics, but I know if you want to make comparisons, you have to compare number of jobs to number of jobs or percentages to percentages.
What first caught my attention, however, was that the second column, which is supposed to demonstrate a 25% increase, obviously doubles in size! Kind of made me wonder if the amount of decrease shown in the first column was accurate. It goes down by almost half. Have we really lost 45-50% of our manufacturing jobs? Nope. FactCheck.org says we’ve lost 5% of our manufacturing jobs since January 2009.
Bad enough that most political ads distort something. But drawing a picture of the misrepresentation is just stupid. Yeah, yeah, I know: “Drawing not to scale.”