Lying with Averages

Slactivist uses Darrel Huff's classic book How to Lie With Statisitcs to show why Bush's tax plan spin that the "average American" will save $1,000 on their taxes. A few days later, Spinsanity reiterated the same message, but without the great excerpt from How to Lie With Statistics (which is a a really excellent book, and quite cheap. You should pick up a copy.).

Why is Bush's "average" bogus? Because it uses the arithmetric mean, not the median.

Excerpt from Chapter 2 of How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff -- figures adjusted for inflation!

How to Lie with Statistics Like George W. Bush: "Darrell Huff warned us about people like this president."

Not your ordinary averages by Bryan Keefer.