Friday, 20 July 2012

With media like this, who needs facts?

Cheaper Living The cost of living is on the way down in Jersey. Those are the headline and sub of a piece on ChannelOnline. At least that's what they would like you to think.  I have copied the text below taken at 8:31 am as I expect it will magically quietly morph when their genius is unmasked.

 "Keen food prices have helped push down the current rate of inflation to 3% compared with 4.7% three months ago, but the effect of last year's hike in GST has now fallen out of the statistics and that is chiefly responsible for the fall. In the last 12 months food prices have risen by 2.5% - the lowest increase in two-and-a-half years. Motoring costs went up by 6% and alcoholic drinks rose by 5%."

 A gross failure. Inflation of 3% means price (cost of living) increases. Never let the facts get in the way of a good headline, eh? Seriously if our media can get such a basic thing totally wrong, what chance have we of them inquiring into or investigating in detail anything that requires thought and knowledge to be applied?

1 comment:

  1. Jersey Today.

    Would one expect anything different from CTV?