A Day in the Life of Fox News
We’re not sure whether NPR’s Mara Liasson has started her Clockwork Orange marathon yet, but the good folks at Fox News are already threading the projector for her.
Let’s start with this wonderful poll graphic that ran last Friday on Fox & Friends, showing that Americans are, um, 120 percent against global-warming lies. That’s the kind of can-do spirit that built this great nation, and will soon send it over a cliff.
How did Fox’s cup runneth over? Media Matters explains:
Fox News’ graphics department added together the “very likely” and “somewhat likely” numbers to reach 59 percent, and called that new group “somewhat likely.” Then, for some reason, they threw in the 35 percent “very likely” as their own group, even though they already added that number to the “somewhat likely” percentage. Then they mashed together the “not very likely” and “not likely at all” groups, and threw the 15 percent who were unsure into the waste bin. Voila — 120 percent.
Comparisons to the Climategate researchers using “tricks” to tart up their own data are just sour grapes.
Mara might also want to check out the latest Glenn Beck news — seems his constant shilling for a gold company (one of the few sponsors still with him) is raising eyebrows among his employers. While Fox allows Beck to do some gold-whoring on his show, it’s supposed to be limited to “live reads” — clearly presented advertising — and not offered as “news” that the dollar is going to hell in a handbasket:
Like other news organizations, Fox News prohibits its on-air personalities from making paid product endorsements. But it makes an exception for its commentators who are also radio hosts, who are allowed to perform live reads, says Joel Cheatwood, senior vice president for development.
Of course, we really don’t care whether anyone is shocked — shocked! — to discover that Glenn Beck lacks integrity. Instead, we’ve taken this very long walk just to observe that the Fox News senior vice president for development is named Joel Cheatwood. Our inner fifth-grader is cackling up a storm.
Fox News fiddles with climate change polling [Media Matters]
Thar’s gold in them shills! Fox raps Glenn Beck’s endorsement deal [Daily Finance, via Think Progress]