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Yet another O'Reilly lie from the Russert show

August 9, 2004 7:52 AM

Bill O'Reilly: "In the state of Florida, which is one of the states that's going to be the election (unintelligible), you got over 60 percent saying the economy is good or excellent."

The headline from the Rasmussen poll, released on June 14th: "37% in FL say Economy Good/Excellent"

Apparently, it's Mr. O'Reilly who "lives in a world of his own," and not "Mr. Krugman."

UPDATE: Katie Barge at Media Matters sent over a more recent Gallup/CNN poll from July 22nd that must be what O'Reilly is referring to. It shows 54% of likely Florida voters rating the FL economy as "good" or "excellent", and 51% of registered voters. So this is more of an O'Reilly exaggeration, than an out-and-out lie.

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Read the 2 comments.


Your use of the word "lie" is misused as it is by many both left and right. I take offense when one uses the term lie to define something that turns out to be wrong but was made without the intention to deceive and mislead. It is simply an error. To say someone lied one should have proof positive that they said something with intent to deceive, otherwise they are in fact lying -- unless of course they were not smart enough to know the most accepted definiton of a lie.

For example if Bush lied about the WMD I think he should be impeached. I've seen no evidence that proved Bush lied. Have you, or any of your readers. If so let them display the proof!!!

Fri Aug 20 2004 3:46 PM


Rassmussen is highly inaccurate, rated 6th in the top six polling companies - i.e. coming in last place.

Thu Sep 9 2004 11:41 PM

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