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- who made the statement
- motive e.g. trying to get re-elected/please people
- are we being told the whole story
- picking and choosing evidence without context

Look for a vested interest

2

- vocabulary that infer something specific has been said when only a vague claim has been made e.g. 'somewhat' 'generally'
- often emotive words

Weasel words

3

- how it's conducted, credibility, motive, pay
- neutrally worded questions
- sample size

Question surveys

4

- Phrases moulded to sound more impressive and drive home potentially incorrect point
e.g. thousands and thousands could mean 2000 or 100,000

Percentages and numbers

5

- may not accurately represent data

Anecdotes and statistics

6

- visually disproportionate (often not starting at 0 for bar graphs)
- poor scale use

graphs and figures

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- how doses information given fit into larger sense

retain sense of big picture