Which visualization manipulates the data the most and thus communicates the least accurate (and probably unethical) meaning of the data? Data Manipulation: The same data can be presented visually in many different ways. The three visualizations technically communicate the same data, yet each tells a different story about the data.
The correct answer is A. Each of these graphics shows an unemployment trend from December 2007 (right before President Obama took office) until June 2010. The data used for each graphic is the same--it came from research provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, graphic A communicates to the viewer that there is a steady and unwavering climb in unemployment with no end in sight. The other two graphics suggest that, for about a year, unemployment slowed and steadied. In a political debate about whether or not President Obamas stimulus packages worked to slow unemployment, which graphic do you think he would prefer?