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April 16, 2011

THE FARCICAL RICK SCOTT.... Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) chatted with the hosts of Fox News' Fox & Friends yesterday, talking about taxes and budget shortfalls. The hosts were duly impressed.

[T]he message worked on Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade -- who at the end of a four-minute interview said Scott's message and proposals are resonating with Florida voters. His proof? Scott's approval ratings.

"The states that have to balance the budget are making the tough decisions, and getting appreciation for it. Your approval ratings are up," said Kilmeade.

Well, it's funny Kilmeade should put it that way, because that's the exact opposite of the truth.

Public Policy Polling shows Scott's approval rating plummeting to 32%. Quinnipiac recently found a similar level of support, putting the governor's support at 35%. A Suffolk University poll released this week found that only 28% of Floridians approved of Scott's job performance.

These are horrible poll numbers, especially for a governor who's only been in office for a few months.

There's no great mystery here. A bizarre criminal got elected governor of Florida, deliberately turned his back on job creation, slashed funding for popular and necessary programs, and unveiled a plan to "reform" Medicaid that would line his own pockets. Of course voters are feeling buyers' remorse. How could they not?

It's reached the point at which there are multiple reports of Florida Republicans getting organized to switch their party affiliations away from the GOP, as a way of protesting their ridiculous governor.

For Kilmeade to see all of this and boast on the air about Scott's rising approval ratings is hilarious, even by Fox News standards.

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Scott's approval ratings are up where it counts - among right-wing nihilists and propagandists.

Posted by: walt on April 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK


In all fairness, Kilmeade didn't mention that his poll numbers were up with the people in Florida.

He meant that his poll numbers are up with all of the 'Fiends' at FOX.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on April 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

Kilmeade might be the dumbest person on television.

Posted by: Holmes on April 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

When someone tells a flat-out lie, as Kilmeade has evidently done, I'm not sure that "dumb" is the first adjective I'd use to describe him.

Posted by: davidp on April 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Oh come on, give Kilmeade a break. He obviously didn't intend for anyone to interpret his remarks as factual.

Posted by: Charles on April 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

It isn't an either/or scenario. Kilmeade can be both stupid and a liar.

Posted by: Holmes on April 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Spread the meme

Remember John Kyl this week? Maybe the figure on Scott's approval ratings "wasn't meant to be a factual statement."

In fact, how 'bout that meme?

"Fox News: Not Meant to Be Factual Statements"™

Spread it around!

Posted by: zandru on April 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM | PERMALINK

We've gotten to the point where conservatives just make stuff up and assume it to be true. Why bother researching the facts when no one in the closed conservative information loop will call you on it, and you may even be used as a source.

These people don't think of themselves as liars, because they will never bother to find out if what they are saying is true or not.

Posted by: Rip on April 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM | PERMALINK

In Kilmeade's defense, he was holding the graph upside down. It could happen to anyone.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on April 16, 2011 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

'Fox News' ... 'standards'??

Holy oxymoron, Batman!

Posted by: JS on April 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM | PERMALINK

I can hear Stephen Colbert now:
Brian Kilmeade says Florida Governor Rick Scott's approval ratings are up. If by up, you mean they're terrible.

Posted by: Hannah on April 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

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The sour grapes whine made in picayune times hardly reaches the gloss on the smiles of trickle down news . The ever triumphant harvests of ripe and ready items from a center right god hardly leaves time on air , to wonder why some women are hairy and un blond between presenting the "Victory!" news and how some corners of the world are head shaking pits of despair .

Seasoned professionals simply smile and present a product worthy of their Orthodontists , to help make the news and current events good looking , and in tasty bite sized pieces , it is an occasional practice that unattractive hairy people and unsavory news is left off the program menu .
Who really wants a downer bit of shaky stuff , when the firm hard lines of the preferred stock is available in makeup .

Posted by: FRP on April 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

"If you really believe it, it's not a lie".

George Costanza

Posted by: km on April 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

For Kilmeade to see all of this and boast on the air about Scott's rising approval ratings is hilarious, even by Fox News standards.
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Ae we sure Faux isn't run by the 'Yes Men' group, famous for their hoaxes, such as the 'press release from GE' which said GE was donating the tax refund they received?

Posted by: Mike on April 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM | PERMALINK

I guess it just depends on what order you read the polls how you apply the numbers. If you start with 28 and end up with 35 that is a 25% increase in approval. Skyrocketing I tell you, skyrocketing.

It's a fun little world they live in.

Posted by: martin on April 16, 2011 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

Wait, you mean Fox is considered to be a real news program? All this time I thought it was a brilliant parody show like Monty Python.

Posted by: Speed on April 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

If it weren't for the Corporate Media, the Tea Party wouldn't even exist.

Posted by: Patrick Star on April 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

@ Holmes:
as long as he's on "fox and fools," i'm not sure kilmeade is even the stupidest person in the room.
in any case, it's a photo finish.

Posted by: mellowjohn on April 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

Zandru, your line should be available at Cafe Press. I'd certainly display it.

Posted by: Kathryn on April 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

It's reached the point at which there are multiple reports of Florida Republicans getting organized to switch their party affiliations away from the GOP, as a way of protesting their ridiculous governor.

If you click through you'll see they're mouthing off. Only one person switched.

Anyway, who cares about the 27%-ers? It's the low-info swing voters (aka independents) who need to come to their senses. And they're much more likely to do so.

Posted by: PeakVT on April 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM | PERMALINK

You don't understand. All those polls were taken in the Florida in OUR universe. Fox News shows all take place in a fictional universe much like ours, but different. You know, like the Marvel universe, where there are superheroes in Manhattan? In the Fox News universe, Scott's numbers are all up.

Also in that universe, cutting taxes increases revenue and Obama was born in Africa, and, most preposterously, the crew of 'Fox and Friends' are respected journalists.

Posted by: biggerbox on April 16, 2011 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

FOX & FIENDS -

Where they Consistently Report Ageless Propaganda,

or CRAP for short! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 16, 2011 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

Bring back the Fairness Doctrine.

Posted by: a on April 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

Hell, I'd settle for a Fairness Guideline.

Posted by: chi res on April 16, 2011 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Check out this link about older people and gullibility. Given Florida's older population it seems very relevant.

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2011/04/9719/inability-detect-sarcasm-lies-may-be-early-sign-dementia-ucsf-study-shows

Posted by: jed on April 16, 2011 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

For all of us who have wondered "How in hell do the regular viewers of FoxNews believe the bullshit that station spews?" jed's link tells us everything we need to know. The FoxNews viewer demographic skews heavily to the elderly, and the research jed links to shows that these unfortunate people simply can't tell shit from shinola any more.

Posted by: bluestatedon on April 16, 2011 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps Gov Scott's approval was, at one point, at 0%. Meaning that a rise to 32% would be a huge increase in popularity.

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on April 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

"It's reached the point at which there are multiple reports of Florida Republicans getting organized to switch their party affiliations away from the GOP, as a way of protesting their ridiculous governor."

This isn't a protest; rather, it's naked self-preservation. Any Florida GOPer who leaves the party is doing so in the attempt to avoid being tarred with the same brush. They agree with Scott, but they also recognize that he's an anchor who's going to take any public supporters down with him.

Posted by: azportsider on April 17, 2011 at 8:21 AM | PERMALINK
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