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A small analysis of a media-misleading example.
Media is always going to highlight whatever they want to highlight, and in the way, they want to. In this
article of The Washington Post, by Philip Bump, a misleading twit from National Review was criticized. In
the original post, the conservative journal, twitted a graph about temperature changes in the last 130
years. The article is from 2015 however remains actual in time. The author of this article debunked the
misleading data by posting the same facts but in a different scale of about 50 times larger than the
fluctuation.
Mathematically speaking, both graphics were accurate but in the sense of giving information to the public,
using a larger scale would simply display an almost unnoticeable change in global temperature. This
happened because the main objective an attempt to deflect attention to the global warming issue, as a
part of the conservative party purposes.
In The Washington’s article, Bump stated the irony that that was the same to compare Shaquille O’Neal’s
height to the size of Pluto. Where the man would be tiny of course, but is an illogical comparison giving
the fact that, the basketball player have in fact a large height when compared to the average person.
Bump, continued to show another graph with a smaller scale, where public can actually visualize a 2
degrees augmentation from the last century, a fact that is frightening in terms of the Earth warming
situation.
As a part of my personal opinion regarding this specific article, a little more work could be done to show
the reader the real situation on this matter. People, who is familiarized with the global warming situation
and ecological terms, can be rapidly make a conclusion from this data, the one with the smaller scale.
However, for people who is not, a 2 degrees change over the last 130 years still does not represents much.
That is the reason I think other visual graphs can be displayed that illustrate what means a 2-degree
temperature increase in the planet, and there are several mathematical tools to point that information
out and simplify the facts for the public.
The article continued giving other examples of data misleading and brought attention to this highly
practiced method that several influential journals use.
Link
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/14/why-the-national-reviews-global-
temperature-graph-is-so-misleading/
Reference in APA format:
Bump, P. (2015). Why this National Review global temperature graph is so misleading. The Washington
Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/12/14/why-the-national-
reviews-global-temperature-graph-is-so-misleading/

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A small analysis of a media-misleading example. Media is always going to highlight whatever they want to highlight, and in the way, they want to. In this article of The Washington Post, by Philip Bump, a misleading twit from National Review was criticized. In the original post, the conservative journal, twitted a graph about temperature changes in the last 130 years. The article is from 2015 however remains actual in time. The author of this article debunked the misleading data by posting the same facts but in a different scale of about 50 times larger than the fluctuation. Mathematically spea ...
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