Specifically, the part in the video (below) at 5:45, where Chris Wallace takes a line from the anti-immigrant playbook and says that only 10% of asylum seekers return for their hearing, and only 10% percent are given asylum. When Colbert asks his producers to fact check that, and says “hey this interview is gonna go for a while and by the time it’s over they’ll have the results.” As soon as it becomes clear that this stat is getting checked, Chris immediately starts backpedaling, saying “I might be wrong about the first part, but it is a fact that only 10% percent are given asylum.” Which is true, but who gives a shit?
Later, in the next vid (also below) Stephen gets the numbers back. It’s actually more like 70 FUCKING PERCENT of asylum seekers show up for their hearing. At which point Chris says “Oh but what does it say underneath there? See? 10% are given asylum.” But once again, WHO GIVES A SHIT?! In another context? Sure. But nobody’s doubting that.
What we’re doubting is the first part. The part where you LIED. Sure you didn’t lie about the second part. The FIRST part is what gets people’s attention. It’s the FIRST part that makes people think immigrants can’t be trusted. It’s the FIRST part that does all the fear mongering. And it’s the FIRST part you lied about in order to muddy the waters. I suspect the second part was only included to provide camouflage, so if Chris gets called on it later he can say he misspoke, he only meant to say that “many” didn’t show up for their hearing, the 10% referred to those given asylum. But in the minds of “many” watching, the original stat takes root: 10% of immigrants. Meaning 90% are RUNNING RAMPAGE AND WANT TO EAT YOUR BABIES AND IMPREGNATE YOUR DAUGHTERS!!!
And, y’know, COME THE FUCK ON. I don’t believe for a second that Chris doesn’t know this. I don’t believe for a second this is an accident. For that matter, I don’t believe for a second that all those other assholes who use those two statistics side by side (one true, one false) don’t know which one people are remembering. Just as I don’t think it’s any accident that so many republican “mistakes” and “misspeaks” just happen to benefit them if believed.
And the worst thing? The worst thing is the fact that Chris is one of the better ones of Fox.