What went wrong and how?
Nov 26, 2011
From Twitter @yoslevy comes this chart, and the tweet: "I am sure you don't need to understand Hebrew to find out what's going on [in this chart]". (original link here)
Indeed, we don't need to know the language.
It's always baffling how this sort of error gets into print.
Is the data wrong or are the bars wrong?
Or just maybe, this is the Hebrew Onion?
I only enough Hebrew to know the answer choices are "Yes" and "No" and I think "No opinion" or "don't know"
I'm guessing the question is "bomb Iran if they get a nuke?" or something like that. And that the bars are wrong, not the numbers.
Posted by: Gary | Nov 26, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Surprisingly enough, this was indeed printed in a serious and widely distributed newspaper in Israel.
It's been circulating in some Hebrew blogs for a couple of days, and finally made its way here.
Quick translation from Hebrew:
Headline: "do you think measures by the western powers will prevent Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons? "
The bars (from top to bottom): Yes, No, I don't know.
Comments I've read so far wondered whether it was an honest mistake by a illustrator or was it some kind of a Freudian slip given the newspaper's right-wing orientation..
Posted by: Shai S | Nov 27, 2011 at 09:30 AM
a right-wing paper has no reason to show that diplomatic/financial aproach might work...
if it were the other bar, then the idea of a conspiracy might have made sense...
so its just a case of some idiotic mistake
Posted by: ziv | Nov 28, 2011 at 05:48 AM
Shai: Thanks for the translation.
Gary: The first reaction is that the bars are the wrong lengths. But... one typically would put the longest bar on the top of the chart so I wondered if perhaps the data labels were wrong.
Posted by: Kaiser | Nov 29, 2011 at 12:24 AM