On September 12, a FOX News producer was caught managing the crowd, encouraging them to scream and holler in support of a FOX News 'report.'
Last week, FOX News anchor Sean Hannity apologized to viewers after Comedy Central's Daily Show slammed the network for using footage of that Sept. 12 Tea Party rally in Washington evidently to make a Nov. 5 anti-health reform rally look bigger.
Just yesterday, ThinkProgress.org caught FOX News showing what was clearly footage of a 2008 Sarah Palin campaign rally but claiming that it was video of "huge crowds" attending Palin's book tour. Of course, FOX network execs immediately declared that the incident was simply 'an innocent mix-up.'
Sure, news networks make mistakes — but no other mainstream media network has made nearly so many 'mistakes' in so short a period of time as has FOX News. Not only that, but ALL of FOX News' "mistakes" were made in such a way that – if the mistakes hadn't been caught – would have supported the Republican party.
"Fair and balanced"?
"We report, you decide"?
The Republicans wrap themselves in the flag — and so does FOX News. To them, it's supposedly a matter of patriotism, of honor. Yet how honorable is it for a major news network to repeatedly – and by all appearances intentionally – falsify the news, and to do it in such a way as to support one political party over another? How honorable is it for that same news network to apparently encourage such a lack of journalistic integrity? And how honorable is it for the Republicans to continue to be so intertwined with FOX News?
I remember the days when there was another major news organization that had a habit of falsifying the news to support a particular political party. This news organization was referred to with scorn and its name became a shameful byword for editorial corruption and lack of journalistic integrity. It got so bad that whenever that particular newspaper printed something, it was assumed that the story was either completely false or spun in such a way to support the political party in question That news organization's name was Pravda — which is the Russian word for "truth."
Looks like America has its own version of Pravda now — and its name is FOX News.