This was the weirdest (but maybe cleverest) line from Paul Ryan’s debate with Joe Biden:
“Do you know what the unemployment rate is in Scranton? [...] It’s 10%. You know what it was when you guys came into office? 8.5% That’s how it’s going all around America.”
What a clearly intentionally misleading statement. That statement was aimed directly at, uh, underinformed people. Why not just pick one person who is unemployed and claim that the rate is 100%? We have real statistics for this data: unemployment has been declining and is ~7.8%.
This is really the bottom of the barrel for lying with statistics. I get frustrated when people say that statistics can be used for lies, therefore they don’t trust them. Yes, statistics can mislead, but it takes an uninformed/uninterested/uneducated listener to make that misdirection really work. (I don’t mean formal education, just lacking an ability to interpret statistics, understand things like correlation vs. causation, etc.)
This post has been edited to make it slightly less condescending. These things make me cranky.