Even good journalists report statistics in an irresponsible way

The article discusses the impact of electronic media and social alerts on journalism’s commitment to factual reporting. It cites Lenore Skenazy’s criticism of a Washington Post article regarding the safe recovery of abducted 9-year-old Charlotte Sena. Skenazy questions the Post’s irresponsible use of statistics implying a large number of missing children, as it exaggerates fears among readers while downplaying a positive outcome. She emphasizes that while much news consumption occurs through digital alerts, even trusted sources may not always ethically report information, with potential negative consequences for public perception.