Fox used a dishonest comparison of two different measures of unemployment to suggest the unemployment rate has nearly doubled since President Obama took office. During a segment criticizing the Obama administration for its messaging on the economy, a Fox & Friends graphic claimed that the "real unemployment rate" had increased from 7.8% in 2009 to 14.7% now ... But in order to make the claim that unemployment had increased from 7.8% to 14.7% during Obama's time in office, Fox had to conflate two different statistics and completely distort Obama's jobs record.Media Matters displayed how the U-6 measure jumped after December 2007 but has been coming down since it peaked during late 2009. Our graph simply shows the U-3 measure as well, which also jumped after December 2007 but has been coming down since it peaked during late 2009.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Faux News Must Be Really Confused About the Unemployment Rate
Media Matters as they watch Faux News so we don’t have to: