Conservatives, Fox News are masters of misinformation

September 18, 2013 

In his Sept. 10 letter "Liberals espouse misleading information on key topics," the writer claimed that the online fact-checking website, Snopes.com, is actually "left-leaning and having a tendency to spin the facts."

Perhaps he feels this way because Snopes consistently corrects and debunks the misinformation aired by Fox News, which is well known to espouse a conservative bias. Actually, most scholars consider Snopes.com one of the most reliable, objective non-political online fact-checkers.

He also appeared to be confusing the deficit with the debt when he asserted that "the deficit rose from $7 trillion to $17 trillion during the last 4.5 years." A deficit occurs when the government takes in less money than it spends in a given year. The debt is the total amount the government owes at any given time.

According to factcheck.org, when President Bill Clinton left office, the budget was balanced, and the deficit had been erased; however, when Bush left office, he left Obama with the "largest deficit in history."

After eight years of Bush, President Obama claimed he inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit, although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated it to be $1.2 trillion. Currently, the CBO estimates that the deficit has fallen to $642 billion. (USgovtspending.com).

Addressing the issue of the GOP deciding not to air any of their primary debates on NBC or CNN, the writer claimed that it is because these networks are biased against the GOP as evidenced by the 2012 debates. I watched all of those debates and what I saw was a large field of Republican candidates vehemently criticizing each other, with some even making fools of themselves, like Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.

One can hardly blame the networks or the moderators for this circus put on by the candidates themselves.

Carol Gazell

Bradenton

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