Statistics enable us to make mountains out of molehills, i.e., to gently distort the truth without losing it outright.
This is an important capacity for politically minded folk: it vastly increases their political flexibility, for good or for ill.
For many such folk, the use of statistics has become an art form, rather than a science.
Perhaps, art’s superiority over science is evidenced most not in what one can do with scientific facts, but what one can do with scientific methods to produce fact-like results . . .