Mark Blumenthal | December 10, 2009
Topics: Daily Show , Fox & Friends , Gretchen Carlson , Jon Stewart , Rasmussen
Ordinarily, I might save this clip for the "outliers" feature, but this one won't wait. Jon Stewart discovers some poll numbers mentioned on Fox and Friends that don't quite add up:
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And if you think that clip is impressive, wait until a little after the 1:00 mark on this one from October (via Media Matters)
Update (12/11): Politico's Michael Calderone explains the error in the Fox graphic first flagged by Media Matters. The 59% labeled as "somewhat likely" was really the total of "very likely" and "somewhat likely." A correct labeling would have been either "total likely," "very + somewhat likely" or "at least somewhat likely."
Calderone includes this reaction from Fox News:
But Lauren Petterson, executive producer of Fox & Friends, told POLITICO that she sees no error in the graphic. And for that reason, there will be no reprimand of staff under the "zero tolerance" policy.
"We were just talking about three interesting pieces of information from Rasmussen," Petterson said. "We didn't put on the screen that it added up to 100 percent."
While Petterson maintains that Fox & Friends didn't err in displaying the information from Rasmussen, she acknowledges that the presentation wasn't perfect. "The mistake I do see is we could have been a little clearer here," she said.