Fox News messed up, then corrected, an on-air graphic enrollment for The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
The original graphic was aired March 31.
Through a careless math error or poor graphic skills, the graphic wrongly suggested that 6 million (the number of enrollees by March 27) was about a third of 7 million (the number of enrollees by March 31.)
Media Matters posted video of the graphic being used in Fox News’ America’s Newsroom.
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The next day, April 1, Fox News’s Bill Hemmer read a correction on-air and showed the correct graphic.
Hemmer said, “You might have seen a graphic on the Obamacare signup numbers. Here is what that graphic should have looked like…That was our mistake. Correction noted.”
Media Matters again had the video.
Meanwhile, Charles Apple, the Focus page editor at the (Calif.) Orange County Register, showed a collection of other graphic fails at Fox News on his blog.
Hat Tip: Mediaite