Numbers Don’t Add Up at New Star-Advertiser

·By John Temple

Three Sundays. Three lead stories in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser based on numbers. Three times the figures are misused and don’t add up. Once, OK. Twice, a concern. Three times, I’d say that’s a problem.

The perception I come away with is that the paper is trying to make a splash every Sunday. Look at this, it shouts. Can you believe how bad this is? But when you look closely, its front-page headlines aren’t supported by the numbers.

Here are the lead headlines from the Star-Advertiser on its first three Sundays:

“Fresh Costs”