I know I’ve said this before, but I continue to find it amazing that so many people buy FOX’s BS hook, line and sinker. It is literally a 24-7 wormhole of misinformation, deception, bias and misrepresentation.
Check out the chart in the following video at the 20 second mark:
See any source information on the chart? Did Bill O’Reilly at any point give the source for the data? The chart claims that the federal debt has increased more than $4 billion per day under Barack Obama, $1.6 billion per day under George W. Bush and $547 million per day under Bill Clinton. I could spend hours trying to research this information, but frankly, it’s not worth my time to fact check FOX. Media Matters has an entire mini-site devoted to this, so there’s no need for me to saw away at FOX anymore than I already do. FOX plays tricks like these all the time with the supposed “data” it presents as “fact.” So, by presenting no source information, FOX excuses itself from having to answer for the figures it throws up on the screen. This is why we use sources in journalism because if someone makes a claim and is not willing to put their name behind the claim or provide a source for their information, there’s a good chance that said claim doesn’t have much, or any, credibility. Without source information, there is no way more inquisitive viewers could check the data for themselves. Oh wait, I forgot. FOX News has no inquisitive viewers. That clears it up.
For actual figures sourced from the Congressional Budget Office and the White House, see this chart: