CHUTZPAH WATCH…. Karl Rove and Greta Van Susteren, both of Fox News, chatted a bit last night about budget deficits. Rove had just finished complaining about President Obama running a $1.8 trillion deficit in his first year.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you take some responsibility, meaning you, the Bush eight years, for this…


VAN SUSTEREN: You take absolutely no responsibility? Because…


It takes real chutzpah to say something like this. Rove’s old boss inherited some of the largest surpluses in American history. He then handed off a $1.2 trillion deficit, a $10 trillion debt, an economic collapse, and two expensive wars for his successor. And yet, the Bush administration bears “no” responsibility for the budget shortfall. Incredible.

Just to add insult to injury, Rove made the claim the same day the New York Times ran a front-page piece documenting, in considerable detail, exactly how responsible Bush is for the budget mess.

When Charles Krauthammer said this week that Fox News “created an alternate reality” for its viewers, he wasn’t kidding.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.