"Chart-Challenged Fox News Spins Gasoline Prices"
Fox shows yet again it has a hard time with hard data
by Shauna Theel, cross-posted from Media Matters
In a segment falsely blaming Obama for rising gasoline prices, Fox News’ America’s Newsroom aired the following chart yesterday. It shows three data points — including the vague “last year” — plotted nonsensically on the x-axis:
“Last year” refers to gas prices last February; Fox’s chart omitted what happened in the 13 months between February 2011 and last week. Here’s how Fox’s source, AAA, displays the data (green line):
This piece was originally published at Media Matters for America.