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Fox News: The New England Patriots of Lying
Written by MyMelody   
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:16

Since his recent appearance on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, where Jon Stewart blasted the News Network for consistently misinforming their viewers, it has been revealed that Stewart himself made fallacious statements during the debate.

According to PolitiFact, a non-partisan website dedicated to fact-checking, Stewart was in error when he insinuated that the Fox News audience "are the most consistently misinformed media viewers."

On his program, Stewart mentioned that PolitiFact conducted an analysis of several surveys and, as it turns out, "while in two of the surveys, fox news scored the lowest, in other polls they were merely near the bottom."

In regards to this situation, Louis Jacobson of PolitiFact has stated, "Ultimately, we ruled that for Stewart’s comment to qualify as accurate, the data had to be "consistent" -- a term he used not once but three times. Since not 'every poll' showed that result, we rated his claim False."

On the latest Daily Show, Stewart took the time to acknowledge his mistake and offered up an apology with a comedic twist.

PolitiFact.com declared my statement false. I defer to their judgment and I apologize for my mistake. To not do so would be irresponsible. If I were continue to make such mistakes and mis-statements, and not correct them, especially if each and every one of those statements happened to go in one very particular direction on the political spectrum, that would undermine the very integrity and credibility that I work so hard to pretend to care about.

He then went on to list an impressive list of the lies perpetuated by Fox from PolitiFact's own website. In fact, two of Fox's claims:

1. Health care bill includes death panels

2. Health Care reform is a government takeover of health care

have made Politifact's Lie of the Year for both 2009 and 2010, respectively. Feel free to review the entire list of Fox's lies that appeared on The Daily Show.



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