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The use of statistics in the effort to sway opinion. Commonly used by politicians and economists with an agenda, seeking to use numbers, etc. in the attempt to put their own spin on a situation.
The other day, Senator Richardson was on the news trying to defend his position on relaxing tobacco taxes. Despite the growing number of deaths each year due to smoking, he cited numerous spintistics to suggest it is not as bad as what has been reported.
by mcmarcus June 12, 2008
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