A recent example of innumeracy was displayed by KFI-AM's Gary Hoffman and Shannon Farren, who think the Department of Defense's budget was slashed by 87.5% after eight years of Obama.
Even if there were any military cutbacks under Obama (there weren't), the idea of an 87.5% reduction is absurd on its face. Such massive cuts would have effectively shut down the military. Yet the two Los Angeles talk radio jockeys bought into that whooper of a lie during an interview with Chuck Mcdougald, held on July 18, 2016, at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Mcdougald is the Western Region Director for Concerned Veterans for America. In short, he's an activist. It's his job to lie. And it's Gary and Shannon's job to catch lies -- especially when they're so obviously a lie.
Specifically, Mcdougald told Gary and Shannon that Obama had "halved" the military's budget (a 50% cut), "then halved it again" (to 25%), "then halved it again" (leaving 12.5% of the original budget).
In this brief clip, you can hear Mcdougald pass off his lie, which Gary and Shannon swallow whole.
And apparently, nobody at KFI (AM 640 in Los Angeles) had their brains turned on that day, because nobody rushed in to correct Gary or Shannon. During the following hour, Shannon repeated Mcdougald's whopper to KFI "political analyst" John Thomas.
Thomas, likewise, let Shannon's silly statement go unchallenged (hear the clip), indicating that Thomas too accepts Mcdougald's absurd claim.