A lesson from the New York Times in how to avoid misleading readers with numbers

In an article from last summer, the New York Times published an interactive graphic on the Israeli assault underway in Gaza, presenting a biased version of the events through data visualization. Data journalism is often perceived as less biased than traditional written journalism, but the article serves as a reminder of the red flags to look out for in both, including omitting contradictory information and creating patterns where patterns don’t exist.