Steve Doocy’s LIE About President Obama’s “Silver Spoon” Comment

The Lie?
On the April 19th, 2012 edition of Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy deliberately misquoted a statement made by President Obama during a speech he gave on the previous day. While interviewing Gov. Mitt Romney, Doocy claimed the president had said, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” which gave the distinct impression that he had been referring to Romney. Romney immediately pounced on the intentional misstatement as if the president had been talking about him.
The Truth
The president never used the words, “Unlike some people,” when he made his statement. His exact words were, “Somebody gave me an education.  I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.  Michelle wasn’t.  But somebody gave us a chance — just like these folks up here are looking for a chance.” White House spokesman Jay Carney would later say the remark had nothing to do with Romney. In fact, long before Romney announced his candidacy for president, Obama made a similar statement during a speech in March of 2009. “None of us were born with a silver spoon in our mouths — but we got a great education. And if we combine additional resources with a commitment to reform, then I think we can deliver that for every American child,” he said back then. (source: Fox News Lies reader MT)

UPDATES: On the Monday, April 24th, 2012 edition of The Colbert Report, a number of video clips were shown of the president using similar language on: April 14th, 2011; October 30th, 2010; and October 22nd, 2010. During the Tuesday morning, April 25th, 2012 edition of Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy offered a tepid “clarification” for his obvious lie. He claimed he was merely paraphrasing the president, and that he “seemed” to be misquoting him.

 

Karl Rove’s (Repeated) LIE About President Obama’s Loan to Brazil

Karl Rove
The Lie? On the February 20th, 2012 edition of the Fox News show Hannity, Fox News contributor Karl Rove (R-Fox News), repeated the falsehood that President Obama gave a ($2 billion) loan to Brazil’s national oil company – Petrobras. According to Rove, “The president even gave a loan to Brazil. Why do they need our money, they’ve got plenty of their own.” Rove’s straight-faced assertions, as it turns out, were really bald-faced lies.
The Truth According to FactCheck.org, the loan to Petrobras, was approved by members of the Bush administration (three Republicans and two Democrats) who were on the board of directors of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. There were no Obama appointees involved with the vote. Additionally, it has also been implied that American tax dollars would be used to make the loan. That, too, is not true. What makes these lies even more egregious is the fact that they have all been refuted since 2009.
(sources: mediamatters.org and FactCheck.org)

 

Mike Huckabee’s Fox News LIE(S) of the Year – 2011

Fox News Lies - Lie of the Year
The Lie?
In early March, Mike Huckabee (R-Fox News), told several Fox News Lies about President Obama. First, he told a radio show host, “One thing that I do know is his (President Obama) having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American,” said the Fox host. “If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.”
The Truth
President Obama was raised in Hawaii and Indonesia. His first trip to Kenya wasn’t until the 1980s. (source: talkingpointsmemo.com)
In fact, during an interview on Good Morning America on February 21st, Huckabee said, “Let’s focus on the issues with which we have disagreement, not on, really, the extraneous personal things that are immaterial. Huckabee later compounded the original lie, by claiming he’d been a little tired the day he offered the original lie. He later told Bill O’Reilly (R-Fox News) that he’d actually written in his book, A Simple Government, that Obama was actually raised in Indonesia. He said that appeared on page 183 of the book. Unfortunately, that was LIE #2. There is no page 183 in that book. Congratulations Mr. Huckabee! You’ve provided Fox News Lies Lie of the Year.

Fox News’ Labor Statistics LIE

The Lie?
On December 12th, Fox News furnished more proof why seven polls have found that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed. In segment highlighting the current unemployment rate, a Fox News graphic clearly showed the current national unemployment rate of 8.6% is HIGHER than 8.8%, and equal to 9.0%.
The Truth
The actual Bureau of Labor Statistics chart shows a completely different unemployment picture. (sources: mediamatters.org/ and ThinkProgress.com )

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