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Fox attacks something just to create lies

Waste of the food stamp program is at an all time low and Fox is saying that it isn’t true when it isn’t. They want to attack the program only to hurt the Obama administration. But Obama has better thing to worry about than a fake news network. But the program has achieved the lowest payment error rate in its history in the most recently available data. Fox News complained about the findings of a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on quality control in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps. The USDA report clearly states that the 2012 fiscal year was “another year of excellent performance in payment accuracy” before noting that the most recent payment error rate of 3.42 percent was once again “the lowest National payment error rate in the history of SNAP.”

On the July 24 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade cast the findings in a negative light, stressing that “the government is overpaying on food stamps by about $2 billion.” Co-host Steve Doocy then questioned whether the Obama administration could “be trusted with more money,” given the overpayments. Fox Business anchor Stuart Varney went on to chastise the Department of Agriculture for labeling the food-stamp payment error rate of 3.42 percent “excellent,” wondering aloud “since when has that been good?” But here are the actually stats so far:

The Bush administration had it the worst. Before the 2008-2009 recession pushed millions of Americans into poverty and boosted participation in government-administered nutritional assistance programs. A February 2014 report from the USDA on characteristics of SNAP households in fiscal year 2012 reveals that participation is indeed up since 2007, but it also says, “Fluctuations in the number of SNAP participants in the last 16 years have been broadly tracked to economic indicators”:

But let Fox have their fun with a “fear” graphic:

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