It’s the Little Things

From Karl Rove’s website, this graphic comparing current job losses to gains:

Click to enlarge.

If you have any eye for scale, you’ve probably noticed a problem: the losses columns are really, really exaggerated. How exaggerated? Glad you asked. For the two rightmost columns:

And the ones on the left look worse. It’s not that I don’t expect Karl Rove to dissemble — I do. I just don’t expect the dishonesty to be quite this pervasive.



  1. Well, he knows that his intended audience responds better to pictures than to those squiggly black “letters,” or whatever they are.

  2. That one’s a classic. Straight out of Darrell Hunt’s How to Lie with Statistics. (Chapter 5).

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