Trump mouthpiece, Fox News, keeps on spinning & shilling

They didn’t write the book, How to Lie with Statistics, but the folks at Fox News could easily update the 1954 classic for 2017.

The critically-ashamed news channel sank deeper into the abyss of Alternative Facts this weekend, using accurate figures to paint an inaccurate picture of economic “progress” under President Trump. The political website, The Hill, describes how Fox used Trump’s favorite social media platform to muddy the waters:

Fox News posted a series of graphics Saturday on Twitter comparing the economic records after the first 100 days of the past four presidents …

The first graphic highlighted the unemployment rate after 100 days in office for the past four presidents. President Trump was shown as having the second-lowest unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, compared to former President Barack Obama at 9.0 percent.

Obama came into office during the recession in 2009, beginning his term with an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in January 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent in October 2009 and began to fall shortly after, hitting 4.8 percent when Obama left office in January 2017.

Fox also tweeted a graphic comparing jobs added during the first two months of the presidencies.

Trump has been criticized for exaggerating the number of jobs created during the first months of his administration. A page on the White House website celebrated the adding of over 500,000 jobs under Trump, but a CNN Money analysis found that that number included jobs created during January when Trump was only in the White House for 11 days. Trump has been criticized for exaggerating the number of jobs created during the first months of his administration. A page on the White House website celebrated the adding of over 500,000 jobs under Trump, but a CNN Money analysis found that that number included jobs created during January when Trump was only in the White House for 11 days.

But, hey. What does context matter to a “news” channel whose motto is clearly along the lines of, “Here’s the news as we see fit to report it”?  “All the news that’s fit to falsify”? “You make it up, we’ll report it”?  You get the idea.

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