Official figures are influenced by official agenda

When disasters happen, reports on the news either under or over estimate the extent of loss of life and damage. The reports are usually based on official estimates and officialdom has a tendency to use figures that suit officialdom. If the event is caused by an external threat then it can be used as a opportunity to exaggerate the external threat, as seems to happen when events caused by terrorism occur. When events involve a possible element of official blame, then we are usually told that the event is not as serious as it really is. Continue reading