Skip to main content

Fox News and charts

A great graphic of how important a visual can be.
Bush cuts
Fox News tried to show the change in the top tax rate if the Bush tax cuts expire, so they showed the rate now and what'd it be in 2013. Wow, it'll be around five times higher.

Wait. No.

The value axis starts at 34 percent instead of zero, which you don't do with bar charts, because length is the visual cue. That is to say, when you look at this chart, you compare how high each bar is. Fox News might as well have started the vertical axis at 34.9 percent. That would've been more dramatic.

Here's what the bar chart is supposed to look like:

With a difference of 4.6 percentage points, the change doesn't look so crazy.

[via Effective Graphs]

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

add a public Google calendar to your Android device

Subscribing to a Google calendar on Android is actually a two-step process. You must first subscribe to the calendar using the web version of Google Calendar and then add it to your Android device.
Subscribing to ical on Google Calendar web:
Step 1: go to Google Calendar on the web
Step 2: Choose "Other calendars"
Step 3: In the dropdown menu, choose "Add by URL"
Step 4: Insert the calendar's ical address (probably provided to you by your instructor in the syllabus), click "Add Calendar," and you should be all set.
Adding subscribed calendars to Android: Step 1: On your Android device, you may have to clear the existing calendars and re-sync the data for a new calendar to show up. Settings / Applications / Manage Applications / Calendar -> Clear Datathen Settings / Applications / Manage Applications / Calendar Storage -> Clear Data Wait a few minutes and you should be able to see the new calendar. If it does the new calendar does not show up, also …

are you better off than your parents?

Here's a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator. You may also want to consider this article and the accompanying graphic: A Rough Ten Years for the Middle Class


So are you better off than your parents?