As I read my favorite blogs and newspapers across the web I am always amazed at how many Fox News lies are flying around at any given time. It seems on any given day, there are like 4 or 5 “lie threads” that permeate their coverage. It’s kind of like hit and run journalism, they put it out there live on the air, it floats around, people debunk it, but by the time they can write a story or report about it….whoop…there’s another one. But of course, the damage has already been done as that FoxInformed viewer (my new name for it) has swallowed it up, digested it and very quickly crapped it back out in the comments section of any number of political sites on the web. Lately, the other cable networks have been picking up on them too, they seem to be going for the Fox whacko crowd. Even if it is debunked by one of the many great sites like Media Matters for America or Politifact.com or Factcheck.org, it will more than likely not be seen by the rabid FoxInformed viewer. This is how our country has been driven down into the abyss.
The next stage in the process involves commissioning polls that reflect that disinformation. You need only look at polls of self identified FoxInformed viewers to understand how whacked out their knowledge of reality is. But the major media outlets NEVER remind anyone that the larger polls, Gallup, the Wall Street Journal/NBC or Quinnipiac include a bunch of those people who are operating in that alternate reality. The pundits, of course, wish that they could decide issues themselves, based on their latest poll numbers. We are becoming a referendum democracy. And it isn’t just politics where this is happening. One of the craziest poll questions I’ve seen reported was back when a Detroit Tigers picture was robbed of a perfect game by a bad call. Well a serious pollster actually asked a question in a poll on whether the call should be overturned. Who really cares what the general public thinks about a bad call in a freakin baseball game, isn’t there something more important to be worrying about than that. Here is the first of the Fox News lies that I came across in my casual reading. From Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly…
THE FARCICAL RICK SCOTT…. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) chatted with the hosts of Fox News’ Fox & Friends yesterday, talking about taxes and budget shortfalls. The hosts were duly impressed.
[T]he message worked on Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade — who at the end of a four-minute interview said Scott’s message and proposals are resonating with Florida voters. His proof? Scott’s approval ratings.
“The states that have to balance the budget are making the tough decisions, and getting appreciation for it. Your approval ratings are up,” said Kilmeade.
Well, it’s funny Kilmeade should put it that way, because that’s the exact opposite of the truth.
Public Policy Polling shows Scott’s approval rating plummeting to 32%. Quinnipiac recently found a similar level of support, putting the governor’s support at 35%. A Suffolk University poll released this week found that only 28% of Floridians approved of Scott’s job performance.
And then there is this one from Media Matters for America, which is just one of many that they are telling about both President Obama’s budget plan and conversely, Paul Ryans’s.
Carl Cameron reported that Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal would “cut more than $6 trillion from the federal debt of $14 trillion over the course of the next 10 years.” In fact, Ryan’s proposal claims that it would reduce the federal deficit by $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years — not reduce the federal debt by $6 trillion.
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