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Fox News Show Awarded ‘Top Misinformer Of 2011’

The top 10 stupidest moments from the show included:

1. Fox & Friends Hyped Anti-Obama Conspiracy Theories

Doocy: Birth Certificate Produced By Obama’s Campaign “Is Not The Exact Birth Certificate.”
After airing Trump’s birther claims from an appearance on ABC’s The View, Doocy stated during the March 24 edition of Fox & Friends that the Obama “campaign did produce–before the election–something called a certificate of live birth, which is not the exact birth certificate, but something that the state says indicates that he was born there.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/24/11, via Media Matters]

2. Fox & Friends’ War On Unions

Carlson: “Some Would Say That It’s The Unions That Have Crippled The U.S. Economy And Led To The United States’ Debt.”
On the December 2 edition of Fox & Friends, Carlson said that “some would say that it’s the unions that have crippled the U.S. economy and led to the United States’ debt.” She then asked guest and Republican strategist Tony Sayegh, “How do you feel about that?” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 12/2/11, via Media Matters]

3. Fox & Friends’ Environment And Climate Misinformation

Carlson Complained Animated Character SpongeBob SquarePants “Blamed Man For Global Warming” But “Did Not Tell Kids That That Is A Disputed Fact.”
On August 3, Fox & Friends aired clips from a SpongeBob video in which the titular character discussed climate change. Carlson later said: “The Department of Education using SpongeBob SquarePants now to teach kids about global warming. The government agency showed kids this cartoon and handed out books that blamed man for global warming, but they did not tell kids that that is actually a disputed fact.”

During the same broadcast, Doocy claimed, “Clearly, Nickelodeon is pushing a global warming agenda.”

Read the rest of Fox & Friends’ Top 10 misinformation moments at Media Matters. Submitted by volunteer editor Rain L.