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November 3, 2005

Always negative...

It Ain't Necessarily So (Ch 10 & Conclusion) -- News Writing (EL 227)

"The Census Bureau reported that income inequality has been growing steadily since 1968."
"Scientists at the National Center for Infectious Diseases calculated that deaths from infectuous diseases rose by an alarming 58 percent in America between 1980 and 1992."
"The health advocacy group Citizen Action released a study of American child mortality that singled out poverty as the critical variable."

I noticed a trend in this book. All of the statistics that they use as examples are negative statistics that are clearly not 100% accurate and are misleading and have the potential to scare a lot of readers. Are negative statistics the only ones that are used, or are there some statistics that say that America is not going downhill rapidly? This is definately something that I'm going to pay a lot more attention to when I read statistics. I might actually go searching for some that although they may be innaccurate, they might make me a little happier about our country.

Posted by CheraPupi at November 3, 2005 8:09 PM

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