Again, is there anything more important to understanding journalism than knowing how to view statistics? Not really, but you wouldn't know that by reading journalists. Behold!
This is frustrating and dishonest. It is like saying we have examined NFL viewership and found it declined sharply. We looked at data from Sunday and Monday and then took the numbers from Tuesday and Wednesday. It is clear the NFL will go bankrupt in the next few weeks. Well, if I knew absolutley nothing, then maybe that would make sense. Problem: Most people know absolutley nothing.