Andrea Tantaros — host of Fox News’ The Five — claimed on Wednesday that Americans are less free because they don’t know their history. Then she helpfully gave a perfect example of how Americans don’t know their history.
“If you ask most people, they don’t even know why we left England,” she said. “They don’t even know why some guy in Boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea. Most people don’t know that.”
She went on to say that this has led to lawmakers “doing whatever they want, nobody checks them, there’s no responsibility. If we don’t know why we got here, if we don’t know why we fought and died, how are we going to fight for it?”
“Yeah, it’s a good point,” her co-host Greg Gutfeld said.
“Early-American history experts were generally puzzled over what Tantaros was talking about…” PolitiFact said in its attempt to fact check Tantaros’ statement.
Author Chris Mooney found seven studies that confirm Fox News viewers as consistently the most misinformed of any news channel. It seems they’re nearly as misinformed as the channel’s hosts.
A side note: Every country listed ahead of the United States in Heritage’s “Economic Freedom Index” has universal health care and lower health care costs, because every industrialized country in the world has universal health care and lower health care costs.
Thanks, Media Matters, for tracking down this video!