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From the Ted Talk "Mona Chalabi: 3 ways to spot a bad statistic"

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I want to ____ you guys three questions that will help you be able to spot some bad statistics. So, ________ number one is: Can you see uncertainty? One of things that's really changed people's ____________ with _______, and even their trust in the media, has been the use of political polls. I __________ have a lot of ______ with political polls because I think the role of journalists is actually to report the facts and not attempt to predict them, especially when those predictions can actually damage democracy by signaling to people: don't bother to vote for that guy, he doesn't have a chance. Let's set that aside for now and talk about the accuracy of this endeavor.

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Original Text

I want to give you guys three questions that will help you be able to spot some bad statistics. So, question number one is: Can you see uncertainty? One of things that's really changed people's relationship with numbers, and even their trust in the media, has been the use of political polls. I personally have a lot of issues with political polls because I think the role of journalists is actually to report the facts and not attempt to predict them, especially when those predictions can actually damage democracy by signaling to people: don't bother to vote for that guy, he doesn't have a chance. Let's set that aside for now and talk about the accuracy of this endeavor.

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