ON MESSAGE: Statistics Don’t Lie, Reportedly

“Nobody really trusts the numbers that come out of Tweed these days.”
–Bill Thompson, reacting to new figures announced by City Hall that show the high school graduation rate climbing to a 22-year high of 56.4 percent
As anyone who follows city government–or anyone, even, who has watched an eiposed of The Wire–knows, it’s not unheard of for city departments and agencies to “juke the stats” in order to make the mayor look good.
Anyone who has watched an episode of The Wire also knows that pointing this out is futile. When it comes to shaping public opinion, nothing speaks louder than the numbers.

ON MESSAGE: Statistics Don’t Lie, Reportedly