Most Dishonest Chart Ever?
The Examiner's James Simpson makes a perfectly valid point in the most dishonest way with his chart "Sequester fraud in one picture."
The Examiner‘s James Simpson makes a perfectly valid point in the most dishonest way with his chart “Sequester fraud in one picture.”
If the FAA indeed got more money than it requested for FY2013 even after the sequester, then it’s reasonable to question why cutting back air traffic controllers is necessary. It’s a really good point.
But the chart gives the illusion that the actual budget is more than twice the requested budget! Below, I copy the blue “request” box and stack it three times next to the red “post-sequester” box.
But look at the numbers on top of the boxes: $15,146 million vs $15,371 million. An increase of .015 percent! A rounding error. So, why does it look like an increase of 250 percent? Why, because the X-axis starts at $15 million and is broken up into increments of 50 thousand.