Units Matter

Thanks to yongoro for this math fail in the news:

On Thursday’s Hardball, Chris Matthews preposterously insisted that Barack Obama added “only 13 people” to the federal workforce in 2009 and that the total number of individuals working for the U.S. government (as of 2010) was 4,443.

According to the Office of Personnel Management (the source Matthews cited), there were 4,430,000 federal employees by 2010 and the President increased the numbers by 13,000, not 13.

Source: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2012/01/12/matthews-preposterously-claims-obama-added-only-13-people-federal-wo

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2 Comments.

  1. MSNBC makes a dumb graphics error: ZOMG LIBERAL LAMESTREAM MEDIA CONSPIRACY

    Fox makes a dumb graphics error: Must be a day ending in ‘y’.

    http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/5/59088/2115076-foxnewsstupid.jpg

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  2. Well, in Greece we use the comma as a decimal point, so 13,000 == 13. 😛

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