The above graphic is one that has been used frequently on the WRSA site whenever there's a story about the number finagling with COVID, esp. deaths.
I am loathe to point out the obvious, but there's a wee problem: it's total bullshit.
Don't believe me, use your own lying eyes.
Let's look at the tally, and see what we get.
Take the salmon pink "All causes" death percentages.
Note that the span goes from "Under 1 yr" to "85 years and over".
(Common Core grads: That would be "everyone".)
So those bars are all deaths, for all ages, according to the graph.
Under 1 yr: 1%
1-4 yrs: less than 1%
5-14 yrs: 0%
14-24 yrs: 0%
25-34 yrs: under 1%
35-44 yrs: under 1%
45-54 yrs: 1%
55-64 yrs: 1.5% (Don't worry about the fractions, we'll round up, to be fair.)
65-74 yrs: 2%
75-84 yrs: 5%
85 and up: 15%.
That's the percent of all people who died, who died. From "All causes".
So, according to this graphic, the other 71% of the people who died, didn't die.
It's right there on the graph, in living color. I'm not making this up.
I'm not a pathologist, but I'm pretty sure that's a slick bit of mathemagic, right there.
Explaining that no one died of "all causes" in 2020 between age 5 and 24 is also beyond magical.
The word you'd be looking for would be "recockulous". As in "so far beyond riDICulous that a bigger word is required".
Math hint: When you add the percentages, and it doesn't add up to 100 (give or take an infinitesimal fraction, over/under) what you're looking at is the same kind of math that got Biden 110% of eligible votes cast in certain precincts of Philadelphia in 2020. It's how Saddam Hussein was re-elected as dictator of Iraq with 125% of the votes, time after time.
Also known as what drops from the south end of a north-bound bull during a bowel movement.
Important safety tip:
If one is looking for graphics, selecting one that isn't more suitable for use as rose fertilizer is always a good policy.
You'll get no argument here that some unscrupulous entities have monkey-f**ked COVID deaths for nefarious ends, to a degree. (I doubt seriously that it's beyond 5%, either way. You can't pad them that much farther than that without it coming out and biting you in the ass. Ask Fredo Cuomo how that works out when you try it. It's also pretty tough to get thousands of random strangers to all collude randomly in such a vast conspiracy, accidentally or on purpose. If it were otherwise, Nigerian scammers would have the houses next to Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. But I have no doubt at all that the numbers bandied are not 100% accurate.)
But as a general rule, it's probably not helping anyone to claim the numbers are fake, by posting a graphic that is itself self-evidently off by a factor of nearly 345%. This is like telling the cop you were only doing 29 when his radar gun reveals you were doing 100. Try selling that whopper to a judge in court, and tell us how it works out for you.
And let's let ABCNNBCBS corner the market concession on obvious bullshit and fake news.
I have no doubt that the graphic's use is an oversight, and that it was probably posted by someone originally with laudable intentions, but crap is still crap, and whoever made that graph is full of it.
The only thing to do with such crap, is to flush it.