Numbers don't have points of view or preferences - but the people who interpret numbers do.
This is why people with different points of view can interpret the same facts and figures differently.
Smart readers always ask themselves:
Is this a fact - or an interpretation of a fact?
Can this fact be interpreted differently?
New data show that sales tax went up from 8% to 10% this year.
Supporters of the government's policy said that the rate of sales tax went up by only 2% this year
(from 8% to 10% = 2%).
People who did not agree with the government's policy said that sales tax increased by 25% this year
(10% - 8% = 2% but 2:8 = 1:4 = 25%).
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