- Sep 18, 2012
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Fox host unwittingly demonstrates own point about ignorance of American history
Does she feel any shame or embarrassment for coming off so stupid?Andrea Tantaros, host of the networks The Five, said Americans were less free because they were unaware of their own history during a panel discussion on a new report by the conservative Heritage Foundation that ranked the U.S. only 12th in economic freedom, behind some former Soviet republics.
I think the biggest thing that hurts this country is we dont study history, Tantaros said. If you ask most people, they dont even know why we left England. They dont even know why some guy in Boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea. Most people dont know that.
Politifact attempted to fact-check Tantaros claims and found that early American history experts were unsure what she was talking about, saying she might have been mashing up a few Revolutionary War events.
The experts pointed out that the British parliament passed a tax in 1767 on tea and other goods imported into the American colonies, although it was not levied in secret.
The man most responsible for the tax Charles Townsend, chancellor of the Exchequer was not in Boston at that time and died from an illness, not a gunshot, shortly after parliament passed the measure.