Not so fast.
Gretchen Carlson, the host of Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel, highlighted poll results Dec. 4 claiming that 94 percent of Americans suspect scientists of using falsified climate data. The totals figures in the poll added up to 120 percent.
Carlson, the Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart noted, claims to have been so uneducated that she needed to Google the terms “czar” and “ignoramus.”
Turns out that she was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated with honors from Stanford. The Daily Show revealed her academic past Tuesday: she also studied at Oxford University, and plays classical violin.
“How do you get a job on television if you appear to be one of those people who need to pin their address to their coat so a stranger can help them find their way home?” Stewart asks.
Fox producer Lauren Petterson, executive producer of Fox & Friends, said in an interview Tuesday that the 120% graphic wasn’t erroneous.
“We were just talking about three interesting pieces of information from Rasmussen,” Petterson said. “We didn’t put on the screen that it added up to 100 percent.”
The video from Tuesday night’s Daily Show follows.