Generally, we think of journals and articles as reliable, however even otherwise reliable data can be presented in skewed ways. When taking in information, consider:
This article linked the original scientific article from the American Chemistry Society, but the headline and text is misleading. For a scientific study mentioned in an article, do research to find the original study or data.
This video explains some of the problems inherent in reporting about scientific research and points out some concepts that news consumers should be aware of when reading about the findings
Source: TED-Ed, David H. Schwartz
Length: 4:26 minutes
This seems counterintuitive that gun deaths go down after a "Stand Your Ground" law was passed in Florida. So we went directly to the data to verify the graph.
The data disproves the graph. Notice that the first graph is upside down. The Y axis always has zero at the bottom. If you look at the data and the corrected graph, you can see that gun deaths increased dramatically after the law was passed.
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