Do We Even Care? Y-Axis Trickery, GOP Style
Remember my mythical Wanganui crime wave, whereupon I played silly buggers with a bar-graph’s Y-Axis to create the misleading impression, for political purposes, that violent crime had shot up in a provincial NZ town that may or may not have been Wanganui? In about 1991, aged 20?
Juvenile shenanigans, right?
Think again. The fat, fifty and bald Republican Party here in the US has taken a leaf from the same playbook with this shameless effort depicting federal spending as a percentage of GDP. It was produced as part of the their “pledge” to voters in the lead up to the mid-term elections in November — elections they appear set to win in a thumping fashion.
Source: Jonathon Cohn’s excellent blog at the New Republic
The graph as presented:
The actual graph should look like this: