PolitiFact: Daily Show List of 50 Fox News Lies is Accurate

The Daily Show put up a vine the other day showing, very rapidly, 50 lies from Fox News in a few seconds. PolitiFact examined all of them and found that all of them were, in fact, lies. All of them rated either “false” or “pants on fire” except one, which was rated “mostly false.” Bill O’Reilly isn’t the only one at Fox with a serious problem telling the truth. Here’s the vine:

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  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    And in other news, water continues to be wet.

  • Mr Ed

    Not lies, not inaccuracies its their business model.

  • raven

    AFAICT, Fox NoNews is getting worse.

    I only watch it in airports or other people’s houses. The last two times, I was shocked at how blatant and open their racism was. I now refuse to even watch it anywhere.

    The whole Right Wing nutjob brigade, Gohmert, Bachmann, Breitbart, Beck, Fox NoNews, and dozens of other media outlets and leaders, have cast off from reality and are sailing into the deep space of fantasy, lies, and delusions.

    Oddly enough, it hasn’t seemed to hurt them at all. They took over the US House, Senate, and a majority of governors in the 214 elections. So far they have wrecked Wisconsin, Kansas, and Louisiana among others.

    It’s an open question how loony and destructive you have to be before the US voters stop voting for you. The light at the end of the tunnel hasn’t shown up yet.

  • felicis

    This doesn’t change my view of Fox – I’ve known them to be liars for a while now. On the other hand, it does make me hate Vine for not allowing me to change the speed with which the slides go by nor to advance one at a time. (Being my first view of it – not impressed…)

  • llewelly

    Fox News is convinced that more lies equals more money. That’s why when Racheal Maddow critiqued them, they replied by boasting about their ratings. And it seems to be working for them. This is the mind of the market.

  • raven

    Fox News is convinced that more lies equals more money.

    1. They are correct.

    Fox NoNews is the #1 cable news network. They have more than CNN and MSNBC combined.

    2. They also have the oldest viewership at 68. They are looking at a demographic cliff as their old people end up as…dead people.

    3. Their viewer numbers are 1.8 million. This is tiny compared to the 319 million people who live in the USA. It seems hardly anyone watches any cable news.


  • Mobius

    50 lies from Fox News in 6 seconds.

    I loved Stewart’s comment following that. “We could show more, but the show is only 22 minutes long.”

    @4 felicis I haven’t looked, but Stewart said you could find the list at his web site and read them all.

  • raven

    Bill O’Reilly Scores His Best Ratings Of 2015 | Deadline

    deadline. com /2015/…/bill-oreilly-ratings-2015-controversy…

    2 days ago – The Fox News Channel host last night logged his biggest audience of 2015 to

    More lies do equal more money.

    O’Reilly has been caught out again and again for lying.

    His ratings just hit a 2015 record. Brian Williams got suspended. O’reilly got a bigger audience and probably will get a bigger paycheck.

    Oh well, I’m sure the fact that lies=more money is not lost on Fox NoNews and Rupert Morlock. They might as well just amp up the lies until they hit the ceiling, assuming there is one and there might not be one.

    Obama, Space Reptile or spawn of Cthulhu? Stay tuned as O’Reilly interviews a giant squid my mental telepathy.

  • hoku

    Not that they’re wrong here, but Politifact isn’t exactly a great resource. They can be a bit iffy on what counts as truth.

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    Fox Nuisance. Because they are.

  • Who Cares


    Citation please.

  • scienceavenger

    @11 See Rachel Maddow’s many takedowns. They let their personal interpretation of what they think things really mean, or what the speakers motivations are, rather than the factual matter of what was said.

  • grumpyoldfart

    That shit flashing by at that speed. Fuck it. I’ll let you dopey yanks waste your time on it.

  • Who Cares


    Thanks. I’ll poke around the web to see what she has to say about them.

  • hoku

    @14 Who Cares

    The most insulting was their rating of “half true” for the statement “you can be fired in 29 states for being gay”. Half true because, some employers and cities in those states have their own rules protecting people.

  • lorn

    In some ways it reminds me of drug dealers. The first taste is always free. Then once people get used to living in a warm waters of an imaginary FOX universe, where all things are congruent with a core set of lies, they are unlikely to be able to handle the cold slap of reality. You can check in any time you like, but you can never leave.

    And like addicts, the more people bad mouth their drug of choice, the more devoted to it they become.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thecoloursociety Drewzilla

    @4 felicis:

    Vine’s whole thing is being 6 seconds of video (at least, as far as I’m aware). Think of it like a video-twitter. So having the clip last longer isn’t what the site is aiming to do. The daily show picked it quite specifically, I think, to show that even in the limited time-frame of a vine, they could show a whole bunch of faux lies.

  • Craig Pennington

    @15 hoku

    My “favorite” iffy Politifact judgement was their 2011 Lie of the Year. Democrats noted that that a vote for Paul Ryan’s plan (which passed the House with 235 R votes and 0 D votes) to replace Medicare with Vouchercare was effectively a vote to end Medicare. Politifact said this was a lie because Republicans would have called the Vouchercare program “Medicare” so they weren’t really ending it, merely fundamentally changing the nature of it.

    They strutted around like Kings of the Village for that bit of Broderistic nonsense.