Oliver Willis Can’t Read A Chart… He’s Not Alone.
Mitt Romney’s campaign unveiled his economic plan today. Naturally, the Left’s professional smear merchants went through it looking for something to attack.
Oliver Willis appears to be the first to send up a batsignal pointing out what he labels “Mitt Romney’s Amazingly Deceptive Chart.” Here it is:
Where’s the deception, you ask? There is none, of course. Oliver simply doesn’t know how to read it.
Anyone with half a brain can plainly see that the chart shows how many jobs were lost during the selected recession and how many jobs were added in the 24 months following the recession. It doesn’t take much to understand the chart. Why? Because the chart has this thing called a “Key” or “Legend” which tells you what the chart is saying. Simple.
The color red, as the key states, tells you how many jobs were lost during the recessions which are clearly labeled at the bottom. For example, during the 2007-2009 recession, 8.9 million jobs were lost. The color blue, as the key states, tells you how many jobs were added in the 24 months following the end of the recession. Sticking with the same example, that means in the 24 months following the 2007-2009 recession, -800,000 jobs were added or -.8 Million jobs (that’s a loss).
Oliver, the self-proclaimed “Kryptonite to Stupid”, took to Twitter to tell everyone about his discovery. I’m sure most people who saw his tweet looked at the chart and said to themselves, “Um. Where’s the deception?” But it seems there are a number of other people who either can’t read or just took Oliver’s word for it.
Are they all idiots? Or did they just make the mistake of believing that Oliver Willis can read a chart? Place your bets on whether any of these people will bother to correct themselves after realizing they were taken for fools by Mr. Kryptonite to Stupid.