Fellow di tutti Fellows Eric Boehlert asks if Rush Limbaugh lied when he said:
Well, he inherited a AAA credit rating, an unemployment rate of 5.7%. Does anybody doubt that this is on purpose?
Boehlert then tweets:
Hey cons, did Limbaugh lie about the unemployment rate again today? http://t.co/2L9XF7C #justchecking #Limbaugh #tcot
This links to a Media Matter For America article that clearly shows the unemployment rate in January 2009, when President Obama took office, was 7.6 percent. Details here.
But, no, Rush didn’t lie. The figure he’s using is an average for 2008.
I pointed this out to the good-Fellow and Boehlert responded:
Ah @GPollowitz, makes perfect sense! When Obama took office in Jan. `09 he “inherited” the unemployment rate from April `08; #notquite
Uh, who said anything about April 2008? Who’s lying now? Here’s what I wrote:
@EricBoehlert 5.8% is the unemployment rate for the year http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0104719.html
Oh, and by the way — the unemployment rate in 2008 was 5.8 percent; 9.3 percent and 9.6 percent for years 2009 and 2010 respectively. Boehlert is free to debate the semantics of “inherited” however he wants, but the fact is Rush was correct in his statement.