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

    • It's a growth industry.

      • The fundamentals of their stupidity are still strong.

        • 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.

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

          • Toomush_Infer

            I'm in the sunshine of my love….

          • Grokenstein

            Proof of intelligent design! Checkmate! HURRRRR!!

        • UnholyMoses

          The dumb is strong with those ones …

    • eggsacklywright

      What a shocker.

    • PsycWench


    • 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

    Liberal MSM…

  • "I want to clarify…"

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

  • ShuCityRefugee

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

  • 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

      How did she blow Jeopardy? She has no lips.

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

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

        • eggsacklywright

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

        • PsycWench

          I've fucked up stuff. Does that count?

        • Terry

          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

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

      • 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)

        • I believe he was still catepillared.

    • I hate sharing a name with that dimwit

      • So do I….wait!

        Your name is "Carl", too???

    • Nesnora

      bwhahhaa, found it. I must have missed this back in the day.

  • StarsUponThars

    YOU LIE!

  • BaldarTFlagass

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

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

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

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

  • BaldarTFlagass

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

    • PsycWench

      hard to ban what you never had.

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

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • MissusBarry

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

      • 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.)

    • PsycWench

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

    • 1stNewtontheMoon

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

  • BaldarTFlagass

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

  • 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.

    • 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

        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.

        • Nine out of five Wonketteers surveyed agree with you.

  • Schmannnity

    Fox and Frauds

  • 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.

    • JohnnyQuick

      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

        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

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

  • 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.

    • oenspiek

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

  • Estproph

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

    • hagajim

      I give the Bourbon Street huckster more credibility.

  • bflrtsplk

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

  • 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

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

    • HempDogbane

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

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • StarsUponThars

      "Facts are stupid things." — Ronald Reagan

  • 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.

    • hagajim

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

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

        Or Michelle Malkin.

  • gullywompr

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

  • freakishlywrong

    Fair, balanced and utterly fucked.

  • ChrisM2011

    Can we retract the entire show? Forever? Please?

  • Lucidamente1

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  • proudgrampa

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

  • Mitt Romney – 106%
    Hussein – 7%

  • BarackMyWorld

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

  • 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

      Does she weigh the same as a duck?

      • LesBontemps

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

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

  • Guppy

    grown by .5 percent

    "Percentage points."

    • GregComlish

      for real

  • Thunderclees

    Rebecca's favorite word is clearly "cold."

  • 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

      "Everything we know is wrong."

  • BarackMyWorld

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

    • 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."

  • 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.

  • LesBontemps

    Fucking numbers, how do they work?

    • JustPixelz

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

  • JustPixelz

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

  • WhatTheHeck

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

  • DahBoner

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

  • 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.

  • Toomush_Infer

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

  • James Michael Curley

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

  • 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.

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

  • ttommyunger

    "We Distort, You Believe."

  • lulzmonger

    The day the bullshit lost its sparkle.

    9/12: NEVAR F0RGET.

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