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As you may have seen, yesterday Fox offered up this hilariously misleading chart of Obamacare's enrollment progress:

Screen shot of Fox News graph showing huge discrepancy between 6 million and 7 million.
The numbers on that chart said 6 million and 7 million, but visually, it was pure gibberish. According to the height of the bars, the ratio was actually 3:8. Making it worse, there wasn't even a scale.

Well, today, Fox has apologized and issued a correction, saying the chart should have looked like this:

Fox's corrected Obamacare enrollment chart is properly scaled
Indeed, the chart is now properly scaled—but before you go run off and congratulate Fox for doing the right thing their job, there's one little thing they didn't mention: The fact that Obamacare enrollments are now expected to hit that 7 million target (update @ 10:56 AM PT: WH spokesman Jay Carney just announced Obamacare enrollments have cleared the 7 million threshold), rendering the 6 million figure irrelevant—unless you want to talk about the big last minute surge of enrollment.

Bottom-line: Fox would rather issue corrections that allow them re-report outdated information than talk about what's actually happening today with Obamacare. That's not a good sign for the anti-Obamacare crusaders.

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  •  Fox apologizing for being stupid:what else is news (10+ / 0-)
    Bad graphics, according to Ed Tufte, lie by distortion, obfuscate by omission and confuse by decoration. We have grown accustomed to awful information: The pie-charts Ross Perot liked to grin over in his infomercials; the pictograms of Russian soldiers that President Reagan's aides employed to show him the size of the Soviet threat; the misalignment of pictures and quantities in journals from the New York Times to Pravda.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 10:54:18 AM PDT

    •  Rec'd for Tufte reference (0+ / 0-)

      When I started a Quality Engineering job in the late 80's, I discovered his excellent book 'Visual Display of Quantitative Information'; later, his textbooklet ' Visual and Statistical Thinking; Displays of Information for Making Decisions'.  
      Book is expensive, but well worth it.  You'll never look at visual displays of data the same.

      "Detective, if ignorance was a drug, you'd be high all the time." Sam Tyler, 'Life on Mars'

      by Kokomo for Obama on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 07:36:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well, at least they got the OBAMAcare right. ;) (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Most people who want to deceive (0+ / 0-)

      with the use of charts can do so easily, all they need to do is select a very narrow range, wether it's even labeled, the propaganda intended will do its work.

      Fox could have taken this chart and labeled it with 5,500,000 at the bottom and 7,500,000 at the top and the final picture would have been very similar to their original graph--even with the proper labeling.

      This approach creates idiotic distortions, but it's done routinely, whenever anyone wants to distort an issue.

      War is costly. Peace is priceless!

      by frostbite on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 11:28:22 AM PDT

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  •  The Fox Nooz production staff are top-notch... (7+ / 0-)

    "We're gonna do it LIVE!!!"

    •  Fox is flailing badly and the rest of the media is (3+ / 0-)
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      skillet, Rashaverak, scooter51

      being very low key about an incredibly historic day that was yesterday.

      The fact that there were lines around the block and buildings in state, after state, after state, and they all acted as though it was just an everyday occurrence says it all.

      Yet, they all speculated on whether the faulty website roll-out was "Obama's Katrina" and covered it as such (WALL to WALL).

      They are losing badly though, all of them, because they cannot hold back the aspirations of real people. No matter how they try.

  •  Love it! So clever! (1+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak

    I was wondering how Fox would pull this off.

  •  Another revised chart? (4+ / 0-)
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    TomP, cactusgal, Rashaverak, RightHeaded

    Do you think Faux News will post a graphic showing final ACA first period enrollments exceeding the 7,000,000 projection? Not!

  •  I'm surprised they didn't blame it on Sebelius. (5+ / 0-)

    Note that the first graphs's source is HHS while the correct graph is CBO. It can't be Fox's fault, they're so good with numbers and predictions! In related wingnuttery, the WSJ's front-page headline today is "technical woes hobble health sign-ups," not that they will likely hit 7 million.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 11:00:39 AM PDT

    •  Hi, Mother Mags, (1+ / 0-)
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      WEvare once again allowing the repubs to set the parameters of the debate.  The number of Americans' helped by Obamacare greatly exceeds that 7 mil. which the repugs, supported by the MSM, are frantic to unskew.. Because of the ACA every American has their freedom lost to the 80/20 rule, kids on parents' policy to age 26, no denial for pre-existing conditions (many of which are horse shit), etc., etc.

      Even Blue Dogs have no need to tuck their tails.

  •  Imagine you're an anchor on Fox News (2+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak, IM

    You've got a nice house in Westchester.  You have a spouse and a couple of kids.  You're making a few hundred grand a year but you're spending it all on mortgage, private schools, you name it.  Believe me, in Westchester, a few hundred grand doesn't get you much more than comfortable upper middle class.

    You can either toe the line or you get laid off, and then what?  The Post or the WSJ or the Manhattan Institute will pay you maybe a hundred grand.  Maybe you can get a job at AEI but you'll have to move to DC.  Or maybe there's an anchor job for you but it's in Tulsa.  Tell that to your family if your current home's in Mamaroneck.  You're not going to CBS or CNN, if you know what I mean.  

    See the conundrum?  That's how someone who walks into Fox with half a conscience can find it stripped after a year.  It's the upper middle class version of a guy making $14 an hour who's afraid to complain about mandatory overtime or else he's fired and his kids don't eat.

  •  Fox "News" is a joke (2+ / 0-)
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    MarkW53, Rashaverak

    A bad joke.
    How long before their audience is primarily made up of confused, blithering idiots?

    What is the percentage of millennials who watch their fake "news"?

  •  You mean Faux "News" used real, actual numbers? (3+ / 0-)
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    Their graph is fine if they had labeled the lowest spot on the Y axis as 5,400,000.  Of course anyone who takes their alleged news seriously is probably statistic-impaired.

  •  Meanwhile (4+ / 0-)
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    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 11:12:03 AM PDT

  •  Of course they issued a correction (1+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak

    We actually hit the 7 million mark in the second column.  Their old graph made that jump on the final weekend look incredible.  The revised graph downplays the surge.

    Forward thinking!

    by TheC on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 11:15:29 AM PDT

  •  The official count is 7,041,000 (0+ / 0-)

    So Fox wins by 25,000.  Yes, this is snark.

  •  It's not even corrections (0+ / 0-)

    They intend to make a "mistake" in the first place, and then plan on issuing a quiet correction a day later.  It's planned all from the start.  How could it not be?  They make way too many "mistakes" for them to be actual mistakes.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:01:48 PM PDT

  •  One of the brilliant commenters at Wonkette (0+ / 0-)

    noted that Fox News execs also use a similar chart to measure penis size.

    I lol'd :)

    Signature (this will be attached to your comments)

    by here4tehbeer on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 12:17:39 PM PDT

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