So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?
ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading
Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.
for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:
this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit
This can’t be a real thing. Is this a real thing?
lysnk2 asked me to check into this. I’m putting it here instead of the untrue-posts blog because I don’t have a definitive answer.
It’s a real chart in that it appeared, upside-down Y-axis and all, on Business Insider’s site (not The Onion, not even Fox News). They claim that Reuters made the graph, which is possible, but I can’t find it in a Reuters story. Business Insider has since added the corrected version of the graph to the story.
Even the person who found/fixed the chart hasn’t been able to find a source other than that article (the person who fixed it is P.A. Fedewa in the below exchange):
As Foomandoonian points out, without a better source it’s impossible to tell how legitimate the chart is. I can’t even find a “C. Chan” at Reuters. There’s an Eddie Chan, and a Kelvin Chan, and Andy Chan, and they used to have a William Chan (who is now with NASDAQ), and they once had an article about a guy named Nelson C. Chan (who has not ever worked for Reuters), but I can’t find any C. Chan.
And yet this isn’t the only chart they have made — I found them credited on this chart as well, so I’m just going to assume that my search skills are inadequate to find him:
Whether or not C. Chan had a hand in the misleading graph, or if it was manipulated after the fact, or if it wasn’t Reuters at all and someone just photoshopped a Reuters byline onto their own chart to make it look more legitimate, is a mystery — at least as far as I what I can find.
The headline on the Business Insider article refers to the increase in gun deaths, but of course the article is also about two months old, so it’s possible it’s been changed since then if they had originally intended for people to misread the chart.
If it was an “artistic” choice to reverse the Y-axis on this chart, it was a very stupid artistic decision.