Glenn Beck is not a good person. That shouldn’t come as any sort of a surprise to an intelligent individual who a) can think for themselves and b) has been exposed to the world at large through travels, news or talking to people not named Glenn Beck. Unfortunately, the guy has a large and scary following who dogmatically listen to what he says. This extends from politics to salesmanship.
There’s been a concerted effort (spearheaded by StopBeck.com and other websites) to pressure advertisers to dump Beck. This has driven him to ingraining low-grade, ethically challenged advertisers like gold companies into both his programming breaks and his programming itself. So little old ladies now a) still don’t believe that Obama is American and b) are getting hosed in their gold by telephone purchases. The Big Picture has produced a solid infographic explaining just how.
The lesson learned is that if you’re going to trust a crazy person on Fox, that crazy person should be Sheppard Smith. Click through for the infographic. Read more…
A while back I featured a local Fox affiliate’s news info graphic dividing voter support among Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin (also known as magic underwear crazy, young earth crazy and just plain crazy) in a manner that added up the pie chart to 193% (as opposed to the normal 100%). I cracked that FoxNews would be likely to do the same, even though this was just an affiliate.
Yeah, well the FNC has proved me right.
FoxNews: Fair and Balanced and completely incapable of arithmetic... 120% of the time.
My big questions are whether 1) your inability to count to 100 disqualifies you from complaining about science and 2) presenting a poll where the sum of the percentages is 120% means that you are a) somewhat likely, b) very likely or c) not very likely to be a redneck.
UPDATE: Media Matters took on the issue of FoxNews’ fuzzy math.
Fox News InfoGraphic (from clairevo: via ilovecharts, csebastian and navigolucky)
All 193% of Republicans Support Palin, Romney and Huckabee
Whatever, their math is still better than their science. You’ve got three different upcoming books out of that lineup a) Praying Yourself Thin, a Governor’s Tale; b) You Betcha: Creationism and other things which can only be explained by my stupidity; and c) Magic Underpants and Several Other Things I Totally Won’t Bring Up on the Campaign Trail.
Admittedly, this is a local Fox station’s InfoGraphic, and not from FNC itself. But it might as well have been.