North America 13 December 2011 How Fox News hid the fall in unemployment News channel's graph ignores fall in unemployment from 9 per cent to 8.6 per cent. Print HTML At first sight, it might seem as if there's nothing wrong with this Fox News graph on US unemployment. But take another look and you'll notice that the figure for November (8.6 per cent) appears to be no lower than that for October (9 per cent) and significantly higher than that for March (8.8 per cent). The US labour market is improving but you wouldn't know it from Fox's chart. The message is that it's stagnation all the way. Were it not for Fox's history of distortion, one could write this off as an honest mistake. But as Media Matters notes, "A few weeks ago, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics first reported that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.6 percent in November -- the lowest rate in more than 2 years -- a Fox News graphic rounded up to 9 per cent." For the record, here's what an accurate representation of the figures looks like: But don't expect to see that graph on Fox anytime soon. Hat-tip: Media Matters. › In this week's New Statesman: Christmas issue, guest-edited by Richard Dawkins George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Margaret Atwood on how an inspired polymath resurrected Native America’s epics The last British Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer will be released When should you start caring about the US presidential election?