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Poor Fox & Friends Forced To Retract Easily Disprovable Lie

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.


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  1. actor212

    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"

      1. delaney_blom

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

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

  2. MacRaith

    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.

    1. hagajim

      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.

      1. 1stNewtontheMoon

        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.

      2. BlueJoubert

        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.

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

  3. Goonemeritus

    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.

      1. Goonemeritus

        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.

  4. JohnnyQuick

    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.

      1. MosesInvests

        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".

  5. proudgrampa

    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.

    1. oenspiek

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

  6. bflrtsplk

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

    1. HempDogbane

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

    2. HistoriCat

      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.

  7. sbj1964

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

  8. PuckStopsHere

    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.

    1. JustPixelz

      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.

      1. WhatTheHolyHeck

        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.

  9. BarackMyWorld

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

    1. OneDollarJuana

      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."

  10. Woodshedding

    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.

  11. DahBoner

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

  12. Eve8Apples

    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.

  13. Baba_NinjaCat12

    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.

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