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Math Fail: Fox News Says 8.6 Percent Unemployment Is Greater Than 8.8 And Equal To 9

By Tanya Somanader on December 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

"Math Fail: Fox News Says 8.6 Percent Unemployment Is Greater Than 8.8 And Equal To 9"

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For Fox News, math is tricky. After all, the subject does require a working knowledge of fractions, percentages, and knowing that 9 is greater than 8. Today, Fox took a stab at those concepts in a chart tracking unemployment rates over the past year. As Media Matters noted, Fox determined that the 8.6 percent unemployment rate in November is higher than the 8.8 percent rate from March and equal to the 9 percent rate from April:

The actual chart of 2011 unemployment looks like this:

Seven polls have found that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed. Seven is also the integer between 6 and 8.

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