Yesterday, a local Realtor group released numbers about home sales here, but the two big local newspapers reported on it very differently. It’s more than a matter of vague interpretation: one said that numbers went up, the other said that numbers went down.
It’s not that either was wrong: the optimistic headline in the Review-Journal is about how April 2011’s home sales were better than home sales were a year ago, in April 2010. The more pessimistic Sun story simply compares April 2011 to March 2011, which had higher sales. Frankly, the Sun story seems more relevant: though comparing numbers to the same time last year might have merits, it also looks like a cheap way to selectively report what you want to see, even if it’s not the full truth. Or maybe I’m just cynical.
Not that this is a big deal at all–I just thought it was funny to see two such contradictory reports at the same time about the same thing.