Category Archives: Speak Freely

Posts on current, often political, issues.

Understanding Statistics via the Media

The media lies.  They don’t necessarily intend to lie, but this is a consequence of having an agenda and of lacking scientific or philosophic rigor.  For this reason, I do have a modicum of sympathy for those shouting “fake news”.  It can be challenging to tease out the truth from the well-intentioned messages journalists pass around.

Take a look at this article discussing an important aspect of understanding statistics which you will some times see presented by the media:

How do death rates from COVID-19 differ between people who are vaccinated and those who are not?

Be cautious when receiving statistics from any media source, including that relative on social media.  Everyone’s a journalist today and so very few have the aforementioned scientific rigor.

JamesIsIn

Lies but by Whom?

Facebook wants me to know this has been fact checked by independent checkers, but it tells nothing about what fact is in question nor who has done the checking.  That’s easy and cheap.

Joe Rogan and Douglas Murray
Joe Rogan and Douglas Murray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7uqHosIj4s

Facebook offers only this link as explanation:

Fact Check: Western Wildfires Are NOT Evidence Of A Coordinated Antifa Campaign To ‘Burn The Country Down’

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I’ve watched the entire discussion.  Neither of them makes the claim outlined in the article.  Please watch the entire discussion for yourself and make your own decision.  Inform yourself.

Go forth.

JamesIsIn