Gene Epstein talked about his book Econospinning: How to Read Between the Lines When the Media Manipulate the Numbers, published by Wiley. He said that journalists frequently misrepresent or misinterpret economic data, shaping data to fit a preexisting story rather than shaping their story around the data. Mr. Epstein argued that this behavior is driven by laziness and the desire to tell a compelling story, rather than by ideology. After his presentation he responded to audience members' questions. close
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