It’s not data mis-representation, it’s just…
It’s just lazy.
Now, I got a chunk of momentum when I saw this line reported;
“the… study found that 52 per cent 0f male staff at the Metropolitan Police were overweight, 22 per cent were obese, and 1 in 100 was ‘morbidly obese'”
This figure struck me, as a clawing, scrapping young data journalist, as wrong. 75% of male MET police are overweight? Surely not.
I thought they’d added up the figures, rather than take the 22% of obese officers as a part of the 52% percent of overweight offices (so, only 30% would be overweight and 22% would be obese).
My annoyance is in the fact that despite looking through The Metro article, The Yorkshire Post article and various others online, I had to look through Wikipedia, find Tom Winsor and collect a link to that report through there. Nowhere on any online article was the report name mentioned, or a simple hyperlink provided.
You have to report your sources. Or, people won’t trust you.
And young data-journalists will get annoyed.
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