Fast and loose with the math

It’s been pretty clear for a while that the mass media often throws big numbers around in news stories that are impossible to reconcile with each other, but that the average American doesn’t bother to digest and compare. Case in point: This Fox News story promoting gay families as important to the economy. It has the following the statistic: “The 2000 U.S. Census found that there were nearly 600,000 same-sex couples living in this country. One-third of lesbian households (96,000) have children, and one-fifth of gay male households (60,000) have kids, according to the Census.”

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