From: "Ann Hawthorne" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Oct 7, 2012 3:11 PM
Subject: OCTOBER 7, 2012
To: "Wittenberg, Holly" <email@example.com>
Are numbers joining the presidential race? Well, maybe.
You'll recall that in their debate this week Republican challenger Mitt Romney repeatedly said that Democratic President Barack Obama had lost control of the economy, allowing unemployment to soar to 8--gasp, shudder--8%. Very high, very bad, and true enough as he spoke. But as some wise cynic once said, "There are three kinds of lies--lies, damned lies, and statistics."
We woke Saturday morning to discover that 8--a tricky number--was some kind of lie. It had transformed itself into 7.8, a four-year low. Romney can still say that's bad, but Obama can now say: see, it's getting better and will keep getting better if you give me four more years.
Is he telling the truth, or one of those kinds of lies? How about Romney--a lie, a damned lie or just a statistic?
You decide. It's why we have these things.