Fox News Host Abby Huntsman Apologies On-Air For Falsely Claiming Record Food Stamp Fraud [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite:

Fox and Friends host Abby Huntsman apologized on-air Friday after sharing a story about food stamp fraud that had no basis in fact. Huntsman’s apology came after she reported on that “food-stamp fraud is at an all-time high… this year, it is estimated $70 million of taxpayer money was wasted on food-stamp fraud.” Huntsman admitted the error today, reading a correction twice on-air: “We reported that back in 2016, $70 million were wasted on food stamp fraud. That was actually incorrect. The latest information from 2009 to 2011 shows the fraud at 1.3%, which is approximately $853 million for each of those three years, and nationally food-stamp trafficking is on the decline. So sorry about that mistake.”

The Washington Post goes to town:

“We are not quite sure where this came from,” a USDA spokesperson tells the Erik Wemple Blog. “We saw that there was as story on Breitbart. We have not issued a report on this recently. There is no new rate that we’ve published. So we’re not quite sure why they’re so interested in stirring this up.” The program in question is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which assists millions “eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.”

Even though Fox News claims brand-new information on food-stamp fraud, the USDA insists that its most recent analysis is several years old. From 2009 to 2011, claims a USDA report, the rate of “trafficking” of SNAP benefits jumped from 1.0 percent to 1.3 percent — though that rate is down from almost 4 percent in the 1990s. “Trafficking” refers to transactions in which SNAP beneficiaries sell their benefits to retailers for cash, commonly at discounted rates; it is one form of food-stamp-related fraud.

Now here comes the mind-blowing part: Take that 1.3 percent trafficking rate from 2009 to 2011 and apply it to the 2016 SNAP budget of about $70 billion. It comes out to about $910 million, or more than 10 times the rate that Fox News claimed on its show. So even as it reported that food-stamp fraud had hit an all-time high, Fox News was actually reporting a preposterously low number for food-stamp fraud. Only a program as idiotic as “Fox & Friends” is capable of such feats.

  • bkmn
    • grada3784

      Republican Truth: Increasing the size of overseas Bank accounts like the ones in the Cayman Islands will create lots of jobs in the US.

  • Michael R
    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Theyll get whats coming to them…..

      • David L. Caster

        Good. I can hardly wait. The looks on their faces will be priceless.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Why do they have a pic of a whooping crane ?

      • KarenAtFOH

        Looks like it might be a sandhill crane.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          I did wonder about that, but they aren’t known to be native to there.

      • Nowhereman

        Kim Davis thought it looked cute…

      • m_lp_ql_m

        With all the medicare recipients there with smoking-related diseases, it was the first image that came up on Yahoo image search for ‘whooping cough.’

      • JaniceInToronto

        Whooping Cranes taste great. Shoot one today!

    • kanehau

      Oh those horrid .78% minorities!!!

    • Nowhereman

      Yup–it’s like the voter fraud they whine about, when in truth if there is voter fraud, it’s republicans doing it.

    • Joe in PA
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    • Puckfair52

      And, yet, officially, at least, none of the nation’s 3,700 villages, towns or cities with more than 10,000 people has a higher proportion of its population living in poverty than Kiryas Joel, N.Y., a community of mostly garden apartments and town houses 50 miles northwest of New York City in suburban Orange County.
      About 70 percent of the village’s 21,000 residents live in households whose income falls below the federal poverty threshold, according to the Census Bureau. Median family income ($17,929) and per capita income ($4,494) rank lower than any other comparable place in the country. Nearly half of the village’s households reported less than $15,000 in annual income.
      About half of the residents receive food stamps, and one-third receive Medicaid benefits and rely on federal vouchers to help pay their housing costs.
      Kiryas Joel’s unlikely ranking results largely from religious and cultural factors. Ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews predominate in the village; many of them moved there from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, beginning in the 1970s to accommodate a population that was growing geometrically.

    • gothambear

      Please Herr Trump cancel their food stamps – on the double.

  • mikeinrkfd

    That’s what they get for using Brietbart as a source.

  • james1200
    • clay

      Wow, you looks an awful lot like Jim Bakker’s second wife.

      • james1200

        How do you even know what his wife looks like, lol?

        • clay

          (some posted a link in yesterday’s post. they were posed in from a picture called, I shit you not, “cast the first stone”)

  • bobbyjoe

    If Fox News starts apologizing for all the lies and disinformation they broadcast, there will be nothing but apology segments on Fox for the next couple of decades.

  • SFBruce

    Huntsman continues Fox & Friends’ long and proud tradition of being the worst of the bad lot which is Fox News.

  • Strepsi

    I think it was a Joe My God reader who best summed FOX AND FRIENDS up a couple years ago, but it stuck with me — something like:

    “Imagine the 3 stupidest, most horrible people in your office. Now imagine choosing to have breakfast with them every morning.”

    • SFBruce

      Or the 3 most uninformed, embarrassing and yet still the most outspoken members of your family who never fail to show up at holiday gatherings.

      • Librarykid

        Speaking of family, is she one of the kids of the Mormon Huntsman who was in the Republican Primaries an election cycle or two ago and was supposedly saner or more truthful than the rest, as if there are sane and truthful Republicans?

        • Prixator

          Yup. She’s Jon Jr.’s daughter. That’s probably why she didn’t have to dye her hair blonde.

    • lattebud

      But she’s got pretty legs

  • geoffalnutt

    FOXNews. Fake news you can count on…since the beginning.

  • twb6yz

    This one is confusing because the first amount listed in the article is $70 Million and the actual amount is more than 10 times that figure. I think it was supposed to say $70 billion for the apology to make any sense

  • Ninja0980

    I’m sorry I got caught lying and I’ll do better to make sure I don’t get caught again in the future.

  • Bill

    “We are not quite sure where this came from,” a USDA spokesperson tells the Erik Wemple Blog.”

    Seriously? We aren’t??

  • try. just try. to fake your “food stamps” card illegally.

    really, it’s kind of disgusting. they (law enforcement) spend so many of your taxdollars going after “food stamp fraud” who cost the taxpayers hundreds, instead of going after billionaires who rip off the taxpayers billions. if you’ve never had to use the card, you don’t really know how glaring this difference is.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      It’s sick that the food stamp program and farm subsidies are both part of the ” Farm Bill ”
      One of the worst things is where the farm bill caps the amount an individual can receive under the program annually. So, daddy puts a farm in each kids, wife, infant, or 3rd cousin’s name

    • BlindBill

      the fraud is in collusion with a grocery store … store swipes card supposedly for food, and give card holder a fraction of the charged amount in cash ….
      as for the billionaires, well they paid for the loopholes that let them claim Net Operating Losses and not pay any income taxes at all for decades … and it is legal …it is not in their interest to investigate anything that benefits the rich.

      • why don’t the poor deserve paper towels? toilet wipes? diapers?

        food is nice. but it doesn’t provide for all a person’s actual needs. i’d like to see anyone try to live on “food stamps.” i actually remember a member of congress who tried; his whole family gave up after just three weeks. b/c it is, in fact, impossible.

        people wonder why the drug trade is the largest industry after the MIC in this country? those are stupid people who know nothing about math. or what people will do, to keep their starving children alive, warm, and in shelter.

  • clay

    Fox News, where the editorial commentary is driving the reporting, or, as everyone else would call it . . .


    • Librarykid

      more like where the inmates are running the asylum

  • Dirk Prophet

    “Over to you, Pete.”

    “We forgive you.”

    Well, that pretty much wraps that up.

    • Nowhereman

      Until the next time.

  • Blake J Butler

    I don’t take FOX news anchors seriously to begin with, so surprise i never thought your claim had any credibility to begin with.

    • Librarykid

      Theater more frightening than the Grand Guignol.

  • Disqusdmnj

    Maybe I’ve watched too much F&F/Faux News reports on Mediaite and have become clinically retarded, but help me out here… are they apologizing because they *under-reported* the fraud number? They went from $70M to $853M, and apologized? Or am I totally missing something?

    • David L. Caster

      70 million should have read 70 billion.

      • Disqusdmnj

        Gotcha, thanks!

  • Tiger Quinn

    It’s their usual “poor people are draining the government dry” thing.

  • tcinsf

    “…So we’re not quite sure why they’re so interested in stirring this up.”
    Here, let me help you understand. They want to destroy that program and every other program that aids the poor, who they perceive as people of color … when the reality that most beneficiaries are poor whites who voted for Trump and the tea people. Don’t try to make sense of it.

    • Nowhereman

      I hope that they are the ones who get hit the hardest. Of course even then they won’t get it and will blame it on Obama.

    • Librarykid

      But, as was posted above, the farm subsidies are part of the same program and Republicans love the farm vote. I don’t know how difficult it would be to uncouple the two programs, not would I want to face judgement for letting even more people go hungry in the richest nation on earth.

  • edrex

    hmmm… she apologises for that, but says nothing about her lips?

    • another_steve

      The amount, the volume, of whatever was injected into them to get them to look like that.

      The world’s supply of whatever it is has surely been depleted by her.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Roger Ailes’ ejaculate?

        • teeveedub

          Perhaps the three most repulsive words in the English language, when placed in that order.

        • Librarykid


  • AtticusP

    But, you know. It’s math, and none of the Fox viewers speak math.

    • bkmn

      Meth on the other hand…

  • Oikos
  • cowboy

    Perhaps they should shift their attention to the food-stamp abuse by the polygamists? Just (nudge nudge wink wink) saying…

  • jimbo65

    Did she also add in her footnote that the highest participants are whites in red states? Just laying the fraudulent facts sit there and implying it’s a new generation of “welfare queens” gaming the system.

  • T-Batwoman

    Imagine if we paid people a livable wage……

  • Gustav2

    OMG! You mean Breitbart is not a credible news source? Quick someone tell Ms Huntsman!

  • Talisman

    But these assistance programs take money away from more important things, like war!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I’ll never get how white food stamp recipients vote GOP and then are surprised when they get less benefits. Seriously assholes, they’re not just going to cut the stamps of brown people. I’ll say this once and I’ll say it again, to people like the Koch brothers, poor white people might as well be the darkest hue because they don’t have the color green in their pockets and it’s damn time poor white people GOT THAT.

  • witch

    Woman, write fact check on the chalk board a million times

  • Rex

    Look, if you want to discuss fraud, we can talk about Fox News…

  • Michael Hampton

    Just the one, Dearie?

  • Chris H.

    Even with the correction, the cat is out of the bag. Teabaggers will be parroting this as “proof” for years since it fits their (false) belief of widespread fraud.

  • Joe in PA
  • jsmukg

    No, sugarlump, this is not a ‘mistake.’ It’s called a LIE.

  • Stubenville

    Fire her.
    Fire the writer(s.)
    Fire the producer.
    Have some journalistic integrity.

    (Yea, wishful thinking, I know.)

  • JerryRich

    Remember, Abby posed as a “compassionate conservative” on MSNBC’s The Cycle. Now she calls for the end of SNAP (food stamps). The Fox re-education camp is firing on all cylinders.

  • JT

    Abby, you ignorant slut.

  • William

    Did she flash her tits to make the apology official?

  • mark99k

    Way to go, Fox: bury the retraction on Friday of midwinter holiday week when most people are too busy to be watching TV. (But groom your reporter to look like a high-priced hooker, just in case some nutjobs are at home channel-surfing.)

  • ETownCanuck

    I’m not sure what I find more surprising, that she apologized for making a mistake or that she’s not blonde and blue-eyed.

  • KnownDonorDad

    We saw that there was as story on Breitbart….

    Well, that’s never a good sign.

  • Rick Hammond

    Hasn’t anyone told them the largest group of recipients are single WHITE women with children?! Who da baby daddy?!

  • I considered her Father a Repub I could vote for for. He raised an entitled bitch.

  • andrew

    If Fox News has to apologize for all it’s fake news, they won’t have time to make any new shit up.

  • jonfromcalifornia

    “Mistake”??? How about LIES!

  • You didn’t make a mistake. You lied and got busted for it. This doesn’t happen nearly often enough. At least she apologized rather than doubling down on the lie which means her days on Fox News are numbered.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Usually the lie their heads off and keep lying when caught. They actually admitted they were wrong. That’s…..kind of peculiar. I wonder who is arm twisting behind the scenes.

      • In this case a government agency took the unusual step of calling out their lie in public. If only the Obama administration had encouraged this for the past 8 years. It’s one thing to have different opinions or interpretations, but lies are lies and should be called out. Every one, no matter how small.

  • JCF

    Well, I’m on record here as saying I think Abby Huntsman is s-mokin’ Hot. I’m glad she apologized…but I’m sorry she regurgitated something Breitbart pulled out of Steven Bannon’s @ss to begin with.