So maybe you watch the Fox News Channel religiously. Or maybe you just watch it occasionally. If you value your intelligence and ability to function in society, please stop watching it now.
Here’s why. On July 13th, on their show “The Five”, Eric Bolling made the following comment:
“Whether they did or didn’t, America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time.”
Of course that’s not the whole story. The next day, “The Five” made a correction.
Now, I suppose you might think, “They corrected their mistake, so what’s the big deal?”, but I hope for your sake that you don’t. If you do think that, let me remind you that there were two other domestic attacks in that time period: the anthrax attacks and the unsuccessful shoe-bomber. Also, if Eric Bolling really did mean “post 9/11”, why was he so specific to state “between 2000 and 2008”? Since when is the year 2001 before 2000? If they actually cared about presenting true statements, why didn’t any of the other panel members correct him at the time? And, as you can see here, it’s not the first time for Fox News.
In an interest to be fair, Fox News isn’t alone in propagating false information. Consider this statement from CNN:
For decades, Goldberg traveled back and forth from New York to Los Angeles via private bus. With two drivers, she was able to arrive on the other coast in 23 hours.
But to catch that mistake, you need to know that driving only 23 hours to travel between New York and Los Angeles means her bus averaged roughly 121mph or that the record is 31+ hours.
But I don’t think CNN is aware of their mistake and I suspect their mistake is mostly likely one made by a single journalist and editor. Fox News on the other hand is aware of their mistake and addressed it with more misinformation.
Whether you think it’s a pair of honest mistakes, or deliberate attempts to spread falsehoods, the point of this article is still valid. Given Fox’s clear, unabashed distortion of well-known facts, then even occasional viewing will contort your world view, or at least your ability to correctly compare two similar numbers.
So if you want to continue to function in our society, please stop watching Fox News Channel. Well, ok, you could decide instead to push for everyone to watch it with you, so you’re not alone in your idiocy.