Yet another example of why the public distrusts the mainstream media to report the news accurately. In this instance, the reporter either does not understand maths or they are committed to misinterpreting the data in order to support their preferred narrative.
It has gotten to the point where, if anything in the reporting relies on data, I want to see the actual data rather than the reporter's interpretation of the data.
UPDATE: And almost immediately afterwards, I came across this example as well. See the discussion in the responses to the original post in which people correct two critical factually false statements that occur in the article's first few sentences.
Click to enlarge and see the commentary trail for the factual errors (and the reluctance to acknowledge them.)