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What type of bias is used when death toll numbers are inflated in order to make a disaster seem more spectacular?



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Asked by Adrianam, Last updated: Mar 07, 2020

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H. Jones

H. Jones, Web Content Writer, San Antonio,

Answered Feb 20, 2019

This type of bias is a bias of statistics and crowd counts.

A bias is the intentional or unintentional sense for having a preference to one particular point of view or perspective. In this type of bias, numbers are often inflated to make a disaster more spectacular, and therefore worthy of reading about.

Example of such – 75 people were injured in the car accident, can be the same news as only 5 were injured in the accident. This is usually done to make a news story seem worse or better than it actually is.
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered May 22, 2017

Bias through statistics and crowd counts

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