Fox News Host Abby Huntsman Apologizes On-Air for Baseless Report on Food Stamp Fraud
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 Tuesday 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.”
The Agriculture Department disputed that figure, saying they didn’t even know which study she was supposed to be quoting. “We are not quite sure where this came from,” they told The Washington Post. “We saw that there was a story on Breitbart. We have not issued a report on this recently.” (The irony, The Washington Post notes, is that food stamp fraud is actually substantially higher than what Huntsman claimed.)
Huntsman admitted the error the following day, 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,” she said.
Huntsman is a recent addition to the Fox and Friends team, taking over on Fox and Friends Weekend after the departure of Anna Kooiman.
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