I saw this Tweet from the folks at Five Thirty Eight. 538 does a lot of surveying and prognosticating on topics currently before us. They're big during election years. But this morning their survey results were all about Christmas-who likes it, who shops, what we do and on and on. This is the Tweet:
Only 10 percent of Americans say they look forward to attending religious activities during the holiday season.
I thought to myself, "wow, this can't be right. Who on earth did they survey?" So I read the entire article and the info on Christmas church going was near the end and in reality, the headline is totally misleading. They made it sound as if this 10 percent was 10 percent of everyone. It wasn't. It was 10 percent of those Americans who do not normally attend religious services. Not nearly 10 percent of all Americans.
And here's one more throw away headline, this time from the Clayton Richmond Heights Patch who's reporters must be having trouble coming up with stories right now.
"5 ways to avoid poisoning your holiday guests."
I didn't even bother to click the link.