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Ethics and Unit of Analysis - Populist Politician

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A populist politician is quoted as saying, "The economy is dreadful! Thirty states reported falling incomes last year." An elitist politician shoots back with this quote: "Our economy is improving! Over 70% of Americans had rising incomes last year."

Is there an ethical dilemma in reporting these apparently contradictory statements?

A

Yes, the unit of analysis is different for each speaker.

B

No, they are saying the same thing.

C

Yes, they are both wrong.

D

No, they are using the same unit of analysis.