Fox & Friends hyped a report on unpaid taxes owed by federal employees to claim the Obama administration's position on taxes was hypocritical, ignoring earlier Fox News reporting that federal employees were less delinquent in tax payments than the general population.
An IRS report on federal employees behind on their 2011 tax payments found that current and retired federal employees still owed $3.5 billion in taxes as of September 2011. After Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy stated how much federal employees owe in unpaid taxes, Fox contributor Laura Ingraham responded by suggesting that the amount in unpaid taxes revealed the hypocrisy of President Obama's tax policies and claiming the Obama administration thinks "rules are for the little people and the sacrifice that has to happen in the United States happens in the hinterlands."
But Fox & Friends ignored reporting on this topic from its lead-in show, Fox & Friends First. A segment on the preceding program showed that federal employees pay their taxes on time at a more frequent rate than the general population:
According to a report from the Associated Press, the IRS report found:
Overall, the 9.8 million workers included in the data had a delinquency rate of 3.2 percent. That's better than the general public. The IRS says the delinquency rate for the general public was 8.2 percent.