Thanks to Wings over Scotland for providing a window on how information is presented to TV viewers.
Today’s Sunday politics had a piece on Scottish polling
Here’s the graph they presented to illustrate trends
One viewer noticed that the chart of projected seats wasn’t in proportion.
This is how the graph should have looked!
When one column is so disproportionate the correct response is to insert a break part-way up the column (and the axis, if that is displayed).
Of course, the alternative , if anyone is interested, is to use a pie-chart
With such a huge difference in the sample sizes, it would have demonstrated the various relationships more clearly.
And talking about demonstrating relationships clearly
Who has forgotten the mythical Isle of Ulster!!!
Which floats alone – somewhere in the North Sea
Another example of rather distorted relationships is the famous BBC Weather Map
Thinking about the News and Weather – this is all you need to know about them where we are and where you are!
Advice: Keep a large pinch of salt to hand when watching the News and Weather