FAIL: Meet the Press Shows Debt Clock $3 Trillion Less Than Actual $16.4 Trillion Total

Our National Debt –
$13.165 trillion?

This morning on “Meet the Press” David Gregory was discussing the national debt when they flashed this on the screen.
Via Kristinn:

Rick VanMeter posted a photo of the faulty Meet the Press debt clock fail on Twitter.

The actual debt is $16.4 trillion dollars.

No wonder liberals aren’t worried about the debt crisis…
They don’t even know what it is!

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  • terrence

    Does ANYONE expect David Gregory and his show producers to know what they are talking about? David Gregory is a JOURNALIST – he is above and beyond mere truth and laws. He is making a NARRATIVE – and making Saint Obama look SAINTLY. TRUTH BE DAMNED!!!

    Truth? David Gregory don need no stinkin truth!!!

  • donh

    bigger and BIGGER lies. more and MORE lies. ….Vorwarts !

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg

    ++

    ooh wow, knowing that is going to
    put a huge dent in my future.. /s/

    ==

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  • http://www.themadjewess.com MJ

    13 Trill is bad enough, why are they holding back the truth!!?

  • Time

    And what do you think is going to happen ? Their going to raise the debt ceiling allowing even more and more and more debt to be placed on every slave in this country and every generation that follows, while the richest get richer and the poor get poorer. There will never be a middle class again. They are wiping it out. Every one wants to post, write articles that this administration has taken over every corner of our judicial, congress, schools, media, voting, public oppinoin, yet that’s all anyone does is sit by and write. Cases are being denied, money is being laundered, media is being corrupted to report lies and only report news that will benefit their corruption. The schools are play grounds for the infiltration of their agendas. We have continued to allow it all to get along with the ones that were not what this country was made from. We allowed them to sway us and what adventurely happened they over took us. What did these people do when they did not have their way ? What did they achieve when they did infiltrate the fabric of this nation. These people did not play fair, they did not play by the rules, they were not polite and nicey nice to the people that were in charge back then. They played hard ball, they hit them with every thing they had, even violence, scaring them into compliance and now we have a nation that is at their beck and call, afraid of their own shadows. Why because we had criminals that went around harassing, corrupting this nation into compliance and threatening people if they did not comply their would be only one option. They have blackmailed hundreds of people, making false claims for anyone that did not fall in line. Cooking the books on anyone that refused to obey their agendas. These people do not play, they are brutal. If you want to think that this is your answer, sitting here blogging, writing how upset you are about what has happened to your country and think that it’s all going to change because you write these posts, think again. No one gives a rats ass what you write, what you give a dam about. They will take what is yours and what is not yours come hell or high water. They will force you to comply by laws that were never meant to ever be written and will laugh all the way to the bank. They will imprison you for crimes you never committed, because they can, just to make an example of you. They will rig every last election and every future election along with the judiciary in their favor for their own gains. It’s all about the control and the money and who gets the most of what you and I will work for. We work for them, not ourselves or our families and our futures. We work for them and their profits and bank accounts. So listen to yourselves and make wise choices, because you will all go down in history as the nation that knew it was coming and did nothing to stop it. You all aided and abetted the greatest take over in the history of the world. Your all sitting by allowing this to happen and refuse to stop it…

  • Sarge

    It’s NBC! Did you expect anything other than this? They have the stupid vote targeted and sadly there are more of them than us.

  • BurmaShave

    [The MSM] don’t even know what [the national debt] is!

    Be assured: they know what the the national debt is; they are just lying as usual.

  • Fritz

    That’s OK. Not too long ago, when Letterman (I think) asked Obama what the debt was, the Preezy didn’t know either.

  • saveus

    obama said he doesn’t know what the debt is ( and doesn’t
    care)so why should his cheerleaders know? (anything)

  • Eric Mertz

    You know, I am going to cut some slack on this one and assume they are using stock footage. Why? Its NBC, intellectual laziness is the name of the game over there.

  • flyover

    Liars who lie and the liars that fall for it, the left.

  • American Woman

    It is important to focus on the fact that it is intentional.

    Once highly respected as the Fourth Estate dedicated to truth and the preservation of our democratic liberties, our media works for the destruction of our country and thus the end of our civil liberties.

    It is a continuous and unending assault relying on false narratives given by Progressive talking heads, who fantasize about a Progressive Utopia based on their Socialist/ Communist worldview. They continue in their charade despite the fact that historical evidence shows nothing but pain and suffering is connected to any government that adopts Socialism/Communism.

    Stop watching the enemy; go to the Reuters and/or the AP website. Go to the international papers posted on the web. Search the web.

    Don’t give our enemies the space between your ears, and certainly don’t invite them into your home.

  • Look-Out

    Make them explain how they came up with that “clock” —

    How OLD is it? EXPOSE the LIARS.

    They do it because they’re NEVER held to account.

  • Sam Stone

    #10 Fritz is right.

    “We had a surplus when Bill Clinton was president,” Obama said. “When I walked into office, we had a trillion dollar deficit, debt had mounted, and then we had to take a bunch of emergency measures: Saving the auto industry, making sure that the financial system got back on track.”

    “So now what we’ve got to do is pare down that deficit, get that debt under control,” he went on. “The only way we’ve ever been able to do that effectively is in a balanced way.”

    Letterman then followed up by asking how much the national debt was when Obama took office.

    “I don’t remember what the number was precisely,” Obama said, adding later, “We don’t have to worry about it short term. But it is a problem long-term and even medium-term.”

    According to the Treasury Department website, the national debt was $10.6 trillion on the day Barack Obama took office. Today, the national debt is $16 trillion. ”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-debt-deficit-letterman-2012-9#ixzz2HEtgvdaR

  • john graham

    WHATS THE BIG DEAL???? they are just going to mint a trillion dollar coin and walk it over to the fed….why not mint 17 of em…..brilliant, debt is gone, Obama is a GENIUS…..MINT 20 OS 30 OF THEM….JUST THINK OF ALL WE CAN DO WHEN WE DONT HAVE ALL THIS DEBT HANGING OVER OUR HEADS!!!!!! Obama will go down in history as the man who fixed our debt and got the country on a paing basis again……THE SAD THING ABOUT THIS IS…..HALF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WOULD THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA….

  • shadow

    #12 January 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    Eric Mertz commented:
    You know, I am going to cut some slack on this one and assume they are using stock footage. Why? Its NBC, intellectual laziness is the name of the game over there.

    Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner. It was a stock photo of the debt clock, used as a graphic.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Debt_Clock_by_Matthew_Bisanz.JPG

    And it might actually mean something if Gregory hadn’t, moments prior, shown the current debt, along with spending, revenue and the resulting deficit. He even went further, and put it into terms of a household. But don’t let the facts spoil your “got-cha” moment.

  • Mitch Rapp

    And who would trust what Meet the Press says – they are a mouthpiece for the Obama Propaganda Corpse

  • gastorgrab

    Is Gregory out on bail???

  • Lim Lynn

    Barack Hussein Obama spending money like his grandfather owns the White House while Time doesn’t wait for man. Debt Clock is moving faster than it should be. Oh well, he doesn’t budget his expenditure and held accountable yearly.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    FAIL: Meet the Press Shows Debt Clock $3 Trillion Less Than Actual $16.4 Trillion Total

    With the stunt that Gregory pulled a couple of weeks ago, it’s not even worth commenting on anything he did on his silly show.

    If NBC was interested in accuracy, they should rename it to “Meet the Democrat Party Propaganda Arm”.

  • shadow

    If NBC was interested in accuracy, they should rename it to “Meet the Democrat Party Propaganda Arm”.

    With guest Democrats like Mitch McConnell, Alan Simpson, Newt Gingrich and Carly Fiorina.

  • bb levy

    WSJ is reporting that Obama told Boehner that there is no spending problem. We have a revenue problem. All the spending problems and our debt problem was caused by… bad health care.

    Now that Obama fixed all that, it’s just a matter of raising taxes and it’s all fixed.

    Honest to god. How could you not crap your pants laughing so hard at such derangement? No wonder the Clown Prince flies around blowing millions upon millions, flies his barber in, flies pizzas in, etc.

  • Dr. Deano

    Flashback to NBC in journalism school:

    Professor: How much is $16,000,000,000,000?
    NBC, shoots its hand in the air and goes, “Me!, Pick me!, Oh pick me Pleeeeeaaaase!”
    Professor: Ok. NBC?
    NBC: $13,000,000,000,000!
    Professor: Correct!

  • http://www.reardenmedals.com egoist

    What’s worse is that the sixteen-thousand-thousand is BS too. There’s so much that’s off budget…whoops, there I go, thinking there is such a thing as a budget.

  • http://www.reardenmedals.com egoist

    Sixteen-thousand-billion (not sixteen-thousand-thousand)

  • axel hose

    I think the “family share” is off by a factor of 10 if I am seeing all the digits on that screen.

  • A Man for All Seasons

    I was going to make the same point as Axel. They must think there are 1.1 billion families in the US if you divide their debt by their per family amount. At 300 million Americans, it actually works out to around $43,000 for every man, woman, and child. For a family of four, this would be $172,000.

    Of course, with a $20 trillion dollar debt as we’ll have in a few short years, this will be about $266,000 for a family of four. If you figure only people with more than zero federal tax will be paying, your family will owe 2-3 times this amount.

    On the positive side, there’s no way this money will ever have to be repaid. It’s already clear that we will eventually default, or print money to deal with the debt. Whatever you do, don’t put any of your money in government bonds, and avoid mutual funds or any other group investment funds that do so.

  • Look-Out

    Thought I read recently each child born today owes $51,000…

    Gregory can rattle off the CORRECT numbers all day long, but most of those that tune in to leftie shows are going to register or process only a singular, simple VISUAL.

    I’m betting anything else only confuses them. NBC’s probaby certain that’s so.

    Don’t kid yourself…the deceit was PURPOSEFUL. NO MISTAKE WAS MADE.

  • http://www.alottatalk.com GregInSeattle

    What’s $3,000,000,000,000.00 among friends?

  • shadow

    WSJ is reporting that Obama told Boehner that there is no spending problem.

    You people really need to learn the difference between “reporting” and opinion.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    With guest Democrats like Mitch McConnell, Alan Simpson, Newt Gingrich and Carly Fiorina.

    For someone that supposedly has some sort of IQ that’s worth bragging about, you sure seem dense.

  • shadow

    Gregory can rattle off the CORRECT numbers all day long, but most of those that tune in to leftie shows are going to register or process only a singular, simple VISUAL.

    Oh, did I forget to say that there a a full screen graphic, as well. I guess you’ll have to try something else to inflate this molehill if you want to make it a mountain.

  • shadow

    For someone that supposedly has some sort of IQ that’s worth bragging about, you sure seem dense.

    That’s it? That’s all ya got? If all you have to offer is childish insults, you could at least be creative about it.

  • Highlander

    No need to be creative about anything when it comes to you shadow. You provide all the entertainment people can handle, all by yourself ….

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    That’s it? That’s all ya got?

    That’s all that’s necessary.

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  • Amash

    It was no mistake. Gregory is a tool of the left. They did it on purpose. Besides, 13 trillion in debt is so much better than 16 trillion. That is to progressives only, of course.

  • Ken Kennedy

    In fairness, David Gregory did go over the fiscal situation very clearly, comparing it to a family with $22k of income, $38k of spending and $168k on its credit card (corresting to our acutal $16+ trillion debt). So that was fair and helpful. I don’t know whay their debt clock was wrong.

    What was not fair or helpful ws how Gregory continually blamed Republicans for the mess we are in, essentially stating that if Repbulicans had only been willing to raise taxes earlier, Democrats would have agreed to some “grand bargain.” This completely ignorers that (i) Republicans WERE willing to raise taxes – Boehner and Obama were close to a deal calling for $800 BB of new taxes when Obama suddenly demanded $1.2 BB of tax hikes, killing further talks and (ii) Republicans HAVE just agreed to the largest tax increas in 20 years, and Democrats’ response is … wait for it … a demand that we now raise taxes.

    Simpson and Bowles were awesome in pointing out that what we have is a spending problem, and that the parties – including (and perhaps especially) the President – need to act on that. I urge you to watch the video or read the the transcript.

  • Look-Out

    …there a a full screen graphic, as well

    Assuming a fact not in evidence: the audience is able to read/understand a graph.

    No, I think Ken #43 has hit on another, extremely important reason the outdated, misleading number was shown on the screen…

    Simpson and Bowles were awesome in pointing out that what we have is a spending problem, and that the parties – including (and perhaps especially) the President – need to act on that.

    Barry will do anything to avoid talking about/doing anything about HIS SPENDING PROBLEM. And the LAST thing he wants is SOMEONE HE BROUGHT ON BOARD TO STUDY THE PROBLEM/FORMULATE A PLAN to tell him he should do the VERY THING HE REFUSES TO DO.

    That visual SERVED TO DISTRACT from the CRITICISM HE RIGHTFULLY DESERVES. AND WHAT HE SHOULD DO GOING FORWARD —

    THE RIGHT THING: CUT SPENDING! BIG TIME.

    BUT NO, BARRY PLANS TO HIT THE ROAD INSTEAD WITH HIS LIES and SCARE CAMPAIGN. He knew that an interview with Simpson/Bowles would include pointing out his failure to cut spending…so we were distracted and are talking about the misleading number that hit the screen rather than

    the LEGITIMATE REMINDER THAT BARRY IS AVOIDING the ABSOLUTE NECESSITY of CUTTING SPENDING.

  • joe doakes

    We passed the $13 trillion mark early in the President’s first term, in 2010. It’s stock footage. Using that footage is like showing an airplane taking off when it’s actually half-way across the country by now. Better graphics make a better television story so no problem . . . unless the story is about the plane’s present whereabouts, in which case it’s a bit misleading.

    Apparently, it doesn’t occur to NBC that the fact the number keeps getting bigger would somehow make it important to use the current clock. That level of intellectual disconnect explains a lot of their reporting.

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