Faulty Fact-Checker: Bashir Wrongly Says More on Food Stamps Under Bush than Obama

Rich Noyes | January 24, 2012
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On MSNBC's The Ed Show on January 23, MSNBC host Martin Bashir blustered that Newt Gingrich "lies" when he talks about the record number of people on food stamps under President Obama: "We know today that more people were collecting food stamps under George W. Bush than are under President Obama."

But Bashir was wrong: under Bush, the highest number of food stamp recipients was 31.98 million; under Obama, that number soared to more than 46 million as of the end of 2011.