There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.–Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli
When something seems wrong, it probably is wrong. Is it possible that air passenger fatalities dropped to zero after 2010? It isn’t likely. By excluding foreign carriers and crashes in other countries, and considering only passenger flights, Reed’s data gives the false impression that airline crashes are a thing of the past. Sadly, it just ain’t so. The list of accidents cited gives a far different impression.
Why did Tom post this graphic on facebook?
- To distract from health care.
- To imply that legislation he supported reduced the rate of air fatalities to zero.
- To set the stage for privatization of air traffic control.
Take your pick.