So can we talk about the absolutely stunning duplicity going on here?
ok, why the fuck is the graph upside down. that is incredibly misleading
Because its from the Florida Department of Justice, and they have a mandate here.
for those who have trouble inverting it in their head, ftfy:
this is some of the most blatant twisting of info i have ever seen holy shit
Actually, the graph wasn’t created by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement—that’s just where the data came from.
The graph was created by Christine Chan, a graphics journalist for the Asian branch of news outlet Reuters. Here’s her explanation, from her Twitter account:
The link in the second tweet goes to a graph of the Iraq war’s death toll that uses the same inverted-y technique and with red coloring above the line, so that higher death tolls look like larger drips of blood. (This is very obvious because the linked graph is titled “Iraq’s bloody toll” and the lines are in more of a drip-like pattern. I would never have gotten the image of dripping blood from Chan’s graph.)
That linked graph is from the South China Morning Post, and Chan’s Twitter bio says she lives in Singapore. It’s possible that the inverted y axis is a more conventional way to visualize data in those countries. (Or maybe it’s not, I have no idea.) It’s even more possible she wasn’t completely aware of the political implications the graph would have in the US.
In any case, it looks like this is more an unfortunate coincidence than an intentionally misleading Fox News–style graph (which definitely do exist).