Monday, August 24, 2015

Gee, Rachel Maddow Lies

From Politifact:
Joining a chorus of criticism of Scott Walker's record on jobs, liberal talk show host Rachel Maddow made a striking claim about the middle class.
"Under his leadership as governor, Wisconsin has had a really bad time of it when it comes to jobs and the economy," Maddow said on her MSNBC program on July 13, 2015, the day Walker announced his run for the Republican presidential nomination.
She added:
"The Wisconsin middle class is shrinking at a faster rate than any other state in the country."
Maddow cited a respected source to back her claim. But it made a comparison back to 2000 -- a decade before Walker was elected governor.
So we generated data that measures the middle class -- in Wisconsin and nationally -- during Walker's time in office.
Maddow’s evidence
As Maddow made her claim, a graphic on the screen showed a Washington Post article referencing a March 2015 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, a widely respected nonpartisan research organization. Maddow's staff told us the report was the source for her claim.
Pew defined middle class as households earning between 67 percent and 200 percent of each state's median income. Its report found that in all 50 states, the percentage of middle-class households was lower in 2013 than it was in 2000.
For Wisconsin, the middle class covered income ranging from $34,500 to $103,000 in 2013. Pew found that 48.9 percent of Wisconsin households were middle class in 2013, down from 54.6 percent in 2000 (the 2000 income was adjusted for inflation.)
Wisconsin’s drop was the largest of any state.
But as we noted, Pew's starting point was 2000. And Walker didn’t become governor until January 2011.
Maddow is the darling of liberals, but in the real world, she is nothing but a piece of trash who is dumber than a brain dead snail.

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