What happens when you use the 1 percent meme about women and land ownership

Just because a stat or “fact” is widely presented, and fits well in your story, doesn’t make it true. With all the Kony 2012 and Mike Daisey talk I keep seeing this argument for popular misinformation. You know the one that says bad data and lies are okay as long as the ends justify the means. To this I say poppycock! Lies and bad data remain lies and bad data. If you have a good point you should be able to make it with true stories and good data.

Philip Cohen has been fighting an example of this on his blog for over a year now. People, stop using stats you can’t trace to their roots!
Fresh Spectrum cartoon reminding you that whenever you use the women only own one percent of all land meme a sociologist gets annoyed