CNBC Posts, and Somehow Still Hasn’t Retracted, One of the Worst Charts You’ll Ever See

Using a line graph to plot a +2.5M month after a -20.7M makes it look like a +23.2M month. Misleading doesn’t begin to describe the severity of this chart crime. Hard to believe this could have been an honest mistake in the first place, but the fact that it’s still up three days later is malpractice.

(Twitter thread with numerous suggestions to accurately illustrate these numbers.)

Update: CNBC reporter Jesse Pound updated the chart in a reasonable way. Small miracles. Thanks to Jamie Dwyer for bringing it to Pound’s attention and letting me know it was updated. Click through to the Twitter thread above to see the original.

Monday, 8 June 2020