setembro 03, 2004

Desinformação VI

Relativamente ao anterior post com o supracitado título, não são apenas os órgãos de comunicação social portugueses que "tentam" enganar o público. Artigo no Cato Institute (meus destaques):
"A widely circulated Associated Press [AP] article says, «The wealthiest 20 percent of households in 1973 accounted for 44 percent of total U.S. income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Their share jumped to 50 percent in 2002.»
By using the word «jumped,» the AP story clearly implies the income share of the top 20 percent «jumped to 50 percent in 2002.» In fact, the share fell to 49.7 percent in 2002 from 50.1 percent in 2001. To describe a falling number as a «jump» seems remarkably shameless, even in an election year.
Cautious readers might notice that, regardless of the nonexistent jump, the AP report claims to discuss what happened «over two decades,» creatively defined as starting with 1973. And although the story claims the share at the top «has steadily increased,» it actually rose from 46.9 percent in 1992 to 49.8 percent in 2000 (when Bill Clinton was president), but has not risen at all since then.
This is not a liberal bias but an ignorance bias. Does the AP have any editorial standards?
The quality of economic reporting in the United States is awful and getting worse."

Idem para a qualidade dos artigos portugueses!