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Lastly, I will briefly mention another example I discovered on a blog by Bret Robertson. He mentions thatFox News used misleading statistics to suggest that white students enroll in college at lower rates than black and Hispanic students (Robertson, 2017).
I inserted the image here showing the 2016 estimated U.S population and the demographics broken downby race. The image to the right depicts the racial makeup of U.S. undergraduates in Fall of 2015. As Robertson (2017) mentions, “This is like comparing apples to oranges.” The reason being is because it doesn’t consider that ‘lurking factor,’ which in this case is the fact that one should consider the age group of undergraduates. 18-24 year old would be the age group here and according to the Department of Education, the 18 to 24-year-old population in the United States in 2015 was estimated to be 55.7 percentwhite, 14.2 percent black, 22.3 percent Hispanic, and 4.5 percentAsian or Pacific Islander (Robertson, 2017).That being said, it is clear that original statistic or statement is indeed misleading. I hope you all enjoyed my post. Have a good week!Henry Freidenberger IIIReferences:BLUMAN, A. G. (2016).Intro to Statistics - Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach, A Brief Version(7e). Retrieved July 14, 2019.Liddell, M. (2016, January 14). How statistics can be misleading - Mark Liddell. Retrieved July 14, 2019, from Robertson, B. (2017, August 03). Fox News uses misleading statistics to suggest that white students are underrepresented in college. Retrieved July 14, 2019, from -students-are-underrepresented-college/217511