The Phony Statistic About College Graduates

Friday, May 11, 2012

Transcript

There's a surplus of statistics about how tough the economy is on kids currently graduating from college. But one statistic says that 85% of graduates - "the Boomerang Generation" - return to live at home with their parents. That figure is wrong, says Louis Jacobson, who tracked down its source for Politifact.com. He talks to Bob about where it came from, and why it circulated for two years. 

 

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Guests:

Louis Jacobson

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [3]

miami-sid

Journalism always borrows; in order to justify a statement printed in source the writer has to be able refer to another source and rarely if ever is the validity of that source is checked. This is not new this was true before the internet and it will continue to be true. It is the nature of journalism.

May. 13 2012 06:14 PM
Bill M

Obama should take credit for the huge improvement. Crossroads reports it was 85% in 2009 and now it's only 20%. We are on the right track!

May. 13 2012 04:50 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

This strikes me as just another instance of the class of frat-boy, rat-f*cking pranks...Think the plumbers in Nixon's White House. I guess it is a sign of my age that I associate those pranks with the GOP. My twenty-something son thinks that if you are fooled by the statistics that someone else provides, it's your own fault. I'm more old-fashioned and want a standard for truth and accuracy for any organization that Internet providers MUST meet...some form of third-party certification for accuracy...A Good Internet Provider Seal of Approval...before we are all buried in the bullsh*t.

May. 13 2012 01:04 PM

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