Did BBC’s Jennifer Pak ever study statistics?
Malaysian authorities are grappling with a growing problem of abandoned babies.Now read the three parts in bold carefully. A growing problem, 65 infants and an average of 100 babies a year.
Sixty-five infants have been found so far this year, and many were dead by the time they were discovered.
The government fears that number will surpass previous totals – an average of 100 babies are found each year.-BBC
2010 is almost eight months old 8 divided into the total amount of babies abandoned- 8.125 a month
8.125 times 12 months equals 97 babies for a year.
The article claims an average of 100 abandoned babies are found each year. Average is the key word, not record high. So it seems to me based on what Jennifer Pak wrote, the number of abandoned babies is on about a normal level. 97 is less than 100, but its within the margin of error. The amount of abandoned babies is not increasing at all.
Does anyone at BBC understand basic statistics or do they prefer writing scary misleading articles and headlines?