Truthiness, the made-up term from comedian Stephen Colbert, supposedly is better than actual truth, because it seems truthful and yet doesn't have to be. The latest case in point: The Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Very truthy. Not very informative to casual readers.
First up, on page 2 of the front section, we find Politifact, or as I like to call it, Politifactoid. In its latest recurring "Walk-o-Meter" chart, it again examined progress on Walker's pledge to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his four-year term (assuming, of course, he isn't recalled by voters before then). The paper's latest chart shows this information, culled from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development:
Nothing obviously wrong with the numbers, as re-rendered by the newspaper. Focus on the overall September change in net Wisconsin jobs -- a loss of 900. Park that number in temporary memory and read on.