Lies, damned lies, and statistics

crash data

There are three kinds of lieslies, 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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_commercial_aircraft

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7 Responses to Lies, damned lies, and statistics

  1. cathkestler says:

    Reed will see this as the ultimate truth and we are lying.
    Distraction is their only tactic along with the lies.
    I can hear Tommy now, ‘we will have to agree to disagree.’
    #ReedsLastTerm

    All I know is Deb Meeker would have been fuming… I miss my friend so much now ❤

  2. whungerford says:

    I posted a brief excerpt from this article on Tom’s public facebook page. Along with a number of seemingly innocuous comments by others, it was quickly deleted, while several pointless and offensive comments remain. I don’t see any pattern to Tom’s sensitivity; what is he so afraid of?

  3. cathkestler says:

    Obviously the truth, William. The numbers of those opposed to him are growing and he’s afraid. If only we could have had these numbers back when he ran against Nate or Martha.

  4. whungerford says:

    Tom may be afraid of truth, but he needn’t be. His appeal has always depended on feelings–that he is a good guy, one of us, from here, Tom on the job, and so on. It is unlikely that even one voter would be swayed by a hostile comment on his facebook page.

    I am uneasy when people predict his certain defeat; we need to make it happen before celebrating.

  5. Carol says:

    I miss Deb, too. I didn’t know her personally, but I followed her comments on this blog.

  6. Maureen Harding says:

    He was one of the Representatives who fought for tougher restrictions on Pilot’s flying without sleep and enough training as a result of Flight 3407 crashing in Clarence a few years back. This is not a deflection. The FAA Rule is under siege with the new administration.

  7. whungerford says:

    Tom Reed has long been a vocal and indiscriminate critic of regulations. If a regulation he favors is under attack, he might well blame himself.

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