This may not come as a shocker, but MSNBC host Rachel Maddow made a false claim about Fox News a couple months ago. So false, in fact, that one fact-check website just concluded "we couldn't find a single case" of what she said being true. For someone who likes to hate Fox, that's big.
You might remember that last December Maddow appeared on the "Late Show" with David Letterman. During that appearance, she said some nice things about Glenn Beck, but she also attacked Fox News. "I of course think that [MSNBC is] much more true than Fox is true,” she explained to Letterman, and as an example pointed out that Fox had reported " dozens and dozens of times" that “the New Black Panther Party decided the election for Barack Obama.”
But did Fox really report that? "No," says the the fact-check group PolitiFact.
"Acting on a PolitiFact reader’s suggestion," the site explains, "we fact-checked Maddow’s statement that Fox News 'said the New Black Panther Party decided the election for Barack Obama.'"
Here's its conclusion:
The transcripts we looked at showed that there was indeed lots of coverage on Fox. However, the discussions focused on the legal side of the story and whether other media outlets were derelict in not giving it enough attention.
In all the coverage we examined, we couldn't find a single case in which the discussion revolved around the political impact of the incident, including whether the New Black Panther Party had helped put the Obama campaign over the top in 2008. So we rated the statement False. [Emphasis added]
"I of course think that [MSNBC is] much more true than Fox is true,” Maddow told Letterman, after explaining that MSNBC has never had "that guy" who made up stories and reported them as fact.
We'll just leave it at that.