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Jan. 28, 2022, 11:16 a.m. EST

White House stumbles trying to crow about economic growth

By Jeremy Binckes

On Thursday morning, the White House released a seemingly innocuous tweet, hyping the economic growth numbers in 2021.

However, the White House added an extra line on the y-axis between 5% and 6% growth. That 5.5% line inflated the scope of the 2021 growth, which would have already been impressive. But instead of talking about the growth, conversation amongst Twitter (NYS:TWTR) users turned immediately turned to the unforced error.

The White House fixed the chart — and the y-axis — in a subsequent tweet, adding , “this is y you proofread.” But the damage was still done.

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