Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fox and Friends un-Friend the Truth


Fox and Friends just put out a commercial for Willard 'Mitt' Romney, except according to them it wasn't a commercial, just part of their show. Once again proving right the old adage 'figures don't lie but liars figure'.  Media Matters has done an excellent job debunking every one of their ludicrous lies. I have used their report for source material, but if you would like to read their actual post I will put a link at the bottom.

Gas prices. During President Bush's last year in office, Fox went out their why to explain that the President doesn't control gas prices, yet the moment President Obama is in office 'it's all his fault'. The graph below shows that gas prices are set more by world markets and Wall Street speculators than anything the President does. Notice how Canadian gas prices parallel American gas prices, despite Canada being awash in oil. Last time I checked Canada has their own independent government. In fact if you checked Germany, Japan, China, India, Russia, or Brazil for the same time frame you would see nearly identical results.

48 month average retail price chart shows Fox News lies.
World oil supply chart shows Fox News lies.

This illustrates a favorite tactic among regressives [conservatives], cherry picking data to validate their distortions. Suppose you want to prove we are headed for an ice age. So you select data from 1 year, not a 100 or 1,000 years but 1 year.Then you make your starting point the end of June, [the hottest time of the year] and your end point December [the coldest time of year]. It would show a dramatic decline in temperature, but would the data be worth the paper it is printed on? Obviously not, but that is the same method the regressives [conservatives] have used over and over again.

The chart below shows the timeline for gas prices in the US. Fox and Friends neglect the record high prices at the end of the Bush term and instead start at a dramatic low price caused by the world wide economic collapse.

Federal reserve gas price chart shows Fox News lies.

Misleading graphic by Fox News.

Another claim is that the stimulus didn't work. This is really odd they would say this because 1/3 of it was tax cuts. In fact it was the largest middle class / small business tax cut in American history, yet the party that vows to never raise taxes is 100% dead against it. Couldn't possibly be that it was middle class / small business tax cuts and not Wall Street welfare. Nahh... that would just make the Republicans hypocritical liars. 

The below chart shows that the stimulus did correspond with a turn around in our economy. However much of it was counteracted because in 2010, Republican controlled state governments set about laying off over 600,000 public employees and also rejected things like grants for high speed rail and infrastructure improvements and instead funneled much of the money to pay for tax breaks to the already wealthy. That is why it didn't have more of a positive effect. In essence and in fact the Republican party has set upon a course over the last 3 years as Senator Mitch McConnell said 'to make Obama a one term president' by wrecking the economy.

Unemployment graph shows Fox News lies.

Food stamps. There is a popular meme among Republicans that President Obama is the 'food stamp' president. This is number one, a veiled racist attack because Obama is black and regressives [conservatives] love to paint a picture of African Americans being shiftless, lazy, and dishonest. The facts however don't hold water, surprise!  More people were actually were enrolled under the food assistance program [they stopped calling it food stamps years ago] under the George 'The Decider' Bush. According to
Under Obama, the increase so far has been 14.2 million. To be exact, the program has so far grown by 444,574 fewer recipients during Obama's time in office than during Bush's.
To be fair the Bush number was for 8 years, and the Obama figure was 3 years. However, the economy was sent into the worst recession since the 1930's just as President Obama took office, so naturally there would be a large number of people requesting assistance. Somehow in the regressive conservative bizarro world, their driving the economy into the ditch never happened.

Bottom Line

Fox and Friends is NOT a credible news source and has a history of distorting the facts [lying] and cherry picking data. Fox News is nothing more than an unofficial arm of the Republican Party, their propaganda wing if you will. A recent study shows in fact that people who watch Fox News are less informed than people who watch no news. While we at the DemocraticProgress Blog have many issues with President Obama, these lies are reprehensible. It is our view that President Obama is too conservative and willing to compromise with conservatives, rather than being some kind of example of a liberal failure of 'Progressive Ideas'.


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