LIES DAMN LIES AND FOX NEWS  11:10 am September 12, 2012

Poor Fox & Friends Forced To Retract Easily Disprovable Lie

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Yesterday, Media Matters had a very enjoyable little item in which they caught Steve and Gretchen and probably the rapey one just cold comparing apples to steaming piles of elephant shit, as regards the growth in unemployment under President B. Bamz. In fact — you will be just shocked to learn — “real” unemployment had grown by .5 percent rather than, oh, DOUBLING.

You would think they would be embarrassed by this, and in fact Gretchen does take a rather somber, hitty tone, like she is gonna cold punch some fools for making her have to issue this mortifying correction. As Dylan Byers at Politico notes, they neglected to thank Media Matters for helpfully bringing this surely innocent mistake to their attention. No hat-tip at all! It must be time for a bloggers ethics panel.

[MediaMatters/Politico]

 
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ChillBill September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

Is Fox News as stupid as they were 4 years ago?

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

It's a growth industry.

ChillBill September 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

The fundamentals of their stupidity are still strong.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

In the compost, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

Chet Kincaid_ September 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

It is the springtime, of my lovin'! The second season I'm to know-oh-whoah.

Toomush_Infer September 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I'm in the sunshine of my love….

Grokenstein September 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Proof of intelligent design! Checkmate! HURRRRR!!

UnholyMoses September 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The dumb is strong with those ones …

eggsacklywright September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

What a shocker.

PsycWench September 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

Doubly.

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Having finally fully divorced itself from reality, FOX News is looking forward to achieving levels of stupidity most of us can only dream of.

OzoneTom September 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

Liberal MSM…

Chow Yun Flat September 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

"I want to clarify…"

I want to try and avoid telling the truth about the idiotic lie I told yesterday.

ShuCityRefugee September 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

They really ought to stick to easy targets like Girl Scouts and Quakers, who won't fight back.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

Poor Gretchen. I mean, where were her fact checkers? She can blow Jeopardy¹ so she should know she's fallible.

¹True story, google "Carlson Jeopardy"

eggsacklywright September 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

How did she blow Jeopardy? She has no lips.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

What? You've never fucked a knothole? A cored apple? A fleshlight?

What? I can't be the only one! Come on!

eggsacklywright September 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

I confess. I fucked a beach once. But only for a very short time.

PsycWench September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

I've fucked up stuff. Does that count?

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I've been a complete fuck. That might count.

Terry September 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This is why I'm glad I'm a woman. I thank heaven that I don't understand the minds of men.

James Michael Curley September 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Thank you. Most of the women I know think we don't have a mind.

delaney_blom September 12, 2012 at 11:36 am

She blew Jeopardy! after riding in on Alex Trebek's moustache.

(please excuse the anachronism if her appearance was in the post-trebekstache era)

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

I believe he was still catepillared.

Maman September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

I hate sharing a name with that dimwit

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

So do I….wait!

Your name is "Carl", too???

Nesnora September 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

bwhahhaa, found it. I must have missed this back in the day.
http://www.j-archive.com/showgame.php?game_id=260

StarsUponThars September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

YOU LIE!

BaldarTFlagass September 12, 2012 at 11:16 am

I'm sure there was some 'nudge nudge wink wink' going on when they made this announcement.

weejee September 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

It woulda been moar honest if it had been noogies all around with Three Stooges nyuck nyuck nyucks.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

Or a passel of St John Gumbys in the background screaming "The Statstisticks Sketch"

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

Gretchen's rape-utation will never be the same again.

BaldarTFlagass September 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

Taking a cue from Red State, Fox has banned all of their fact checkers.

PsycWench September 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

hard to ban what you never had.

ChillBill September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

Just like the Romney/Ryan Campaign, they will not let Fact Checkers dictate their direction.

ManchuCandidate September 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

So this is what they say it means to be skullfucked by facts.

MacRaith September 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Doesn't matter. All you have to do is get the lie out there, and it will be quoted by wingnuts as verified truth for all eternity. They knew what they were doing – their viewers will remember the original lie and forget the retraction.

hagajim September 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

Exactly….I still hear about the woman who got $10 million from McD's because of the coffee….dumbasses never read the second story that says she lost almost all of it on appeal.

1stNewtontheMoon September 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

and nevermind that when "elderly woman" "third degree burns" and "labia" are all used in the same sentence to describe the same incident, $10 million dollars is an underpayment.*

*full disclosure: i've never had 3rd degree burns, a labia, or been an elderly woman.

MissusBarry September 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Only having one labium would also constitute a scenario in which something went badly wrong.

BlueJoubert September 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

off the story topic, but everyone should see the documentary about that poor woman's saga. None of what was said in the media was right (well except she's female, and coffee was involved.) It's an incredibly interesting documentary, especially since the lie is so oft repeated.

Here is a link to the real story.
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibilit

I just checked and the video is available as a rental at Netflix (not streaming tho.)

PsycWench September 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

You mean they didn't misidentify naughty Republicans as Democrats by accident?

1stNewtontheMoon September 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

when you say "wingnuts" you mean Paul Ryan as part of a stump speech, right?

BaldarTFlagass September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

I'm just surprised they showed the "corrected" graphic instead of the "mistaken" graphic.

Goonemeritus September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

I’m sure Roger Ailes will be sending Media Matters a nice fruit basket.

Edit: I find the mistake understandable they probably just confused the candidates. I think I remember reading that real unemployment doubled in Massachusetts when Romney was Governor.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

You say "confused". I say "cynically conflated the two so as to improve Gov. Romney's chances".

Let's meet in the middle and say "truthiness"

Goonemeritus September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

You do know that I totally made that statistic up don’t you. After all now that we have been freed from the oppressive boot of Fact Checkers I figure why the hell not.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

Nine out of five Wonketteers surveyed agree with you.

Schmannnity September 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

Fox and Frauds

JohnnyQuick September 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

OT, but speaking of lies. Anybody want to puke? Here's a still of Mitt Romney repeating his lie about the attack on US Embassy. Joseph Smith's robotocists fucked up this model.

JohnnyQuick September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

Also. "What does Mitt look like when he's walking away from reporters, having double-downed on some bullshit about the death of a US ambassador and staff?" Here is the answer.

MosesInvests September 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

Gah-that smirk is worse than Chimpy's! Makes me think of an Israeli Army acronym that translates to "a face that's asking to be punched".

Terry September 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Bush's smirk was a sign of stupidity. Romney's smirk is a sign of amorality.

proudgrampa September 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

I honestly don't know how anyone can stand watching Fux News.

I appreciate the people like you, Rebecca, who watch so we can catch their lies but I don't know how you keep it from turning your brain into mush.

oenspiek September 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

This is your brain on Fox News. This is your brain on apoplexy. Oops! Sorry, I got these slides out of order.

Estproph September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

Fox News: the TV equivalent of a Bourbon Street huckster.

hagajim September 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

I give the Bourbon Street huckster more credibility.

bflrtsplk September 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

What, they didn`t identify Media Matters with a D-Wherever tag? Can`t rely on these right wing nuts for anything anymore.

weejee September 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Speaking of lying liars, Mittenz has stepped on his dick once again, and given the size that is not an easy thing to do. The WaPoo has this on his latest golf shoes on dick foot in mouth epizoodie.

hagajim September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

That's what I want, a dumbass who runs his mouth without all the facts….perfect.

HempDogbane September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

Later today he'll blurt out that these riots were not properly organized, unlike his own Salt Lake City riots of years ago.

HistoriCat September 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Romney isn't capable of dealing with that 3 am phone call.

Obama is probably the president in my lifetime most capable of handling the 3 am phone call. Unless it's a booty call – I give Bill the edge there.

sbj1964 September 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Facts? What are facts? Fox news ,and the GOP have already stated they are not going to let Facts deflect their out right lies.

StarsUponThars September 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

"Facts are stupid things." — Ronald Reagan

PuckStopsHere September 12, 2012 at 11:23 am

Proving, once again, that the ability to deliver superior head does not translate into the ability to deliver superior journalism. But Roger Ailes, of course, cares only about the former.

hagajim September 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

I don't think Gretchen delivers superior head….no lips and she probably is toothy.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

It would be like skull-fucking a big mouth bass.

Or Michelle Malkin.

FlownOver September 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

…but you repeat yourself.

gullywompr September 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

A retraction? Those of us down in Hell are freezing our asses off today.

freakishlywrong September 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

Fair, balanced and utterly fucked.

ChrisM2011 September 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

Can we retract the entire show? Forever? Please?

Lucidamente1 September 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

Yeah, but those Department of Labor statistics never once mention God.

JustPixelz September 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

TRUE! And God is clearly unemployed. Otherwise he'd get the fuck to work on disease, hunger, war, and all that other stuff the Xtians say he cares about. Instead, he just saves photo albums from tornadoes.

WhatTheHolyHeck September 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Actually that fucker is self-employed. All he does all day is fiddle about with polar ice caps and exploding the zebra mussel population in the Great Lakes.

Dude needs to chill and watch Downton Abbey and enjoy some tasty celestial Cheetos.

proudgrampa September 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

Facts? I don' got to show you no steenkin' facts!

DerrickWildcat September 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

Mitt Romney – 106%
Hussein – 7%

BarackMyWorld September 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

"Real unemployment rate" numbers not available: 2001-2008.

actor212 September 12, 2012 at 11:32 am
Joshua Norton September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

Wait. Which one has the bad eye job? Greta? Gretchen? Alls I know is they have a witch's name from Grimm's Fairy Tales.

BaldarTFlagass September 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

Does she weigh the same as a duck?

LesBontemps September 12, 2012 at 11:53 am

Let's skullfuck her (with facts!) and find out.

MilwaukeeKent September 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

It's called the "Startled Doe" look, and was basically considered grounds for malpractice until it became fashionable among Republican women.

Guppy September 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

grown by .5 percent

"Percentage points."

GregComlish September 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

for real

Thunderclees September 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

Rebecca's favorite word is clearly "cold."

SayItWithWookies September 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

Well this is a slippery slope — if F&F is going to start issuing corrections now, they might have to extend the show an extra hour.

BaldarTFlagass September 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

"Everything we know is wrong."

BarackMyWorld September 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

I'm also perplexed by the public government debt to total government debt switch that, coincidentally, also changed in 2009 for some reason.

OneDollarJuana September 12, 2012 at 11:51 am

Are you referring to the "increase" in the US debt due to Obama counting all the war money that Bush kept off-budget?

"Sir, you are too fat for your health."
"But, doctor, I only consume 1500 calories a day!"
"1500 calories? What about the large pizza I saw you eat last week at the restaurant?"
"Oh, that was off-budget."

Woodshedding September 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

Same day Liverpool's The Sun had to retract the really horrible lies told 23 years ago, blaming the deaths of dozens of football fans on their own drinking. Hopefully this is the start of a beautiful trend.

LesBontemps September 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

Fucking numbers, how do they work?

JustPixelz September 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

It's called "arithmetic" which is practiced by mages and wizards. Also, second graders.

JustPixelz September 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This is big news! Until today Fux News would not let their campaign be dictated by fact checkers.

WhatTheHeck September 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

One day, these Fox News reporters might get a job at a TV station.

DahBoner September 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

America is not better off now than four years ago, because we still had these lying Assclowns four years ago, too…

Eve8Apples September 12, 2012 at 12:21 pm

If Faux News is concerned about the employment rate, they should hire some fact checkers, researchers and competent journalists to write their stories. Try creating jobs for people trained in the news business.

Toomush_Infer September 12, 2012 at 12:24 pm

This is year 12 in the War on Truth….the shame is gone by now….

James Michael Curley September 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Blinded by the Right,
Revved up like Steve Doocy,
She gives hummers in the night.

MilwaukeeKent September 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

No one has posted this yet? http://hypervocal.com/politics/2012/heres-that-hi

Baba_NinjaCat12 September 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Faux Newz executive to the TV graphic guy: Put up the graph of percentage of unemployed people under Obama by using our infallible god-based bible mathnaussim given by our Republican overlords.

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Maybe FOX News can set up FOX Business News to run corrections 24 hours a day. Then it would have some use.

ttommyunger September 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm

"We Distort, You Believe."

lulzmonger September 13, 2012 at 4:25 am

The day the bullshit lost its sparkle.

9/12: NEVAR F0RGET.

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