Michael Moore's damn statistics
Michael Moore is pretty crappy with statistics, and I wish he'd be more careful.
I love his work. But he's sloppy with the nuts-and-bolts, and the way that he compares them.
Example from Fahrenheit 9/11:
"The Presidential Salary is $400,000 per year. The Bush family, their friends, and their related businesses have received 1.4 Billion over a number of years."
How many years? Three decades, he mentions in the next "paragraph."
Moore even intones: "over a number of years" with emphasis as if that reinforces the comparison of magnitude. In fact the opposite is true.
This apart from the fact that "family, friends, and related businesses" does not encapsulate a distinct boundary.
The spirit of Moore's work may well be honest and indeed it deserves acknowledgement. Few Americans criticized the American invasion of Iraq fewer still publicly.
But his message is blighted by the fact that he doesn't manage his facts more astutely.