Can we believe everything we read in the papers? The media constantly misuse, misinterpret and abuse statistics. Sometimes mistakes arise because of genuine errors made by experts. Sometimes data from scientists is misinterpreted or misunderstood. And sometimes the media knowingly spin or distort statistics to tell a good story. Who knew? Dr Emily Grossman takes a light-hearted look at these issues, and discusses some common errors to look out for – illustrated with examples of “embarrassing moments” where she’s been caught out in her own career as a TV science broadcaster.