Graduation Day


As the smears continue, what newbie Fox hater told The Lie of the Week? With J$P Video!

Pre-election jitters. They seem to affect Fox-haters in much the same way as a full moon starts hounds a-baying. In this case, the haters are hounds: the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed mob). And to say they are going slightly off the rails would be an understatement.

Take the words of Chrish at face value. She has a devastating critique of a Fox special on Islamic extremism: it's a "terror film" designed to "scare voters", adding:
it is right-wing propaganda and nothing more.

The gullible denizens of the dog pound bark their agreement:
  • Reminiscent of the "is there a red under your bed" McCarthyism of the fifties.
  • And is there any question that Fox "News" is nothing more than a GOP propaganda network after this?
  • Now there's not doubt Fox "News" is worse than the [expletive deleted] Pravda...
  • Does anyone else wonder if Rupert Murdoch is trying to overthrow this nation?

Pretty damning criticism. Except when you consider one salient fact: the program hasn't even aired yet! Yes, the newspoodles, who in the past have reviewed coverage they didn't watch without telling their readers, and more than once, are now putting up their anti-Fox screeds without going through the bother of first watching what they condemn! If this sounds like a movie critic writing a devastating review of a picture he never saw, then you have identified the modus operandi of the newsmutts. The FNC special, which includes portions of a documentary and newly conducted supplementary interviews, will air for the first time on Saturday (8:00 pm Eastern).

It's hard to top a classic example of hubris like that one, so we'll offer for your consideration this vignette from Melanie, the bowser who doesn't like punctuation:
[Neil] Cavuto...admitted he is a Republican.... Cavuto asked [Alfonse] D'Amato this question:
Let me ask you Senator, I talked to a number of prominent Republicans in this state this morning who were telling me, almost to a man and woman, while we don't want to see Republicans go down next week, we welcome it to teach them a lesson that they abandoned their principles, that they're spending too much, that they're reckless on some of the things they supposedly are not, that they've been a contradiction to the values of our party, so a pox on their house. What do you make of that?
Comment: There you have it. The next time you hear Cavuto referred to as a "fair and balanced journalist" you'll know you're being lied to, that someone's trying to brainwash you, that someone's feeding you a line of [expletive deleted], or all of the above.

There's nothing we have to do to expose this obvious slice of tendentious hackery. Even the kennel-dwellers saw through it:
  • Why did you puposely leave the quotation marks out of Cavuto's statement? Slow day at Newshounds? "Let me ask you Senator, I talked to a number of prominent Republicans in this state this morning who were telling me, almost to a man and woman, 'While we don't want to see Republicans go down next week, we welcome it to teach them a lesson that they abandoned their principles, that they're spending too much, that they're reckless on some of the things they supposedly are not, that they've been a contradiction to the values of our party, so a pox on their house'. What do you make of that?
  • ...in this case, it looks like he's simply paraphrasing the Republicans with whom he spoke rather than including himself in the 'we.'
  • That makes more sense... even Fox wouldn't let a host just come out and say that.

Melanie's response was to delete other comments along the same line, and leave her preposterous article unchanged.

Finally, we haven't awarded a Lie of the Week for a while, but today we have a winner! Newbie Priscilla dredges up a golden oldie, the fictional claim that the phrase "some people say" is a unique FNC propaganda trick:
Cameron, in true Fox fashion, said, “some people are saying that the Ford campaign is becoming unhinged.”... As an example of Ford’s supposed melt-down, Cameron referenced Ford “crashing” Corker’s press conference and an “altercation” between campaign staffers in a parking lot.

We could go into why the "some say" charge is nothing but loony twaddle, but there's no need. Because Cameron never said it! Don't take our word for it, here are his actual words [QuickTime video]



We informed the tail-waggers of their error:



Within minutes our comment was made to disappear, with Priscilla offering this confused addendum in the comments thread:
I stand corrected on the phrase "some people say." I checked my notes and the quote is "some are saying..." The use of "some" with no attribution is very typical of Fox.

As the video makes abundantly clear, there was no "some are saying" either. And the claim of "no attribution" is a new lie on top of old, since Cameron attributed all comments made to the campaigns that made them. We foolishly pointed that out:



Moments later, that comment vanished as well. To this day, the original article stands as written, complete with the phony, doctored quote and the additional falsehoods in the comments thread. In "Liar in Training" we caught the selfsame Priscilla making up something that was never broadcast, but hoped she might turn over a new leaf. Instead she has earned the honor of having told The Lie of the Week. The "liar in training" has now graduated to a full-fledged fabulist. Perhaps she can get Keith Olbermann to take her to the prom.

posted: Fri - November 3, 2006 at 05:15 PM       j$p  send 

OverHere
That's just ridiculous. Anyone who watches FNC for 5 minutes knows they bend over backwards to give Harold Ford airtime to present his own viewpoint, or they present it themselves, just as Carl Cameron did in that report.
 
Clearly there's the problem though--the mutts don't watch for even 5 minutes.
November 5, 2006, 12:09:18 AM EST – Like – Reply


Fox Fan
The program Chrish "critiqued", Obsession: The Thread of Radical Islam, was an excellent performance with E.D. Hill. It showed you that mainstream television programs in Iran blame the US for ALL of their problems and how the children are brainwashed to want to become martyrs to murder ALL non-Islamics. Especially US and Israeli. It gets repeated hour after hour day after day in their media and schools.
 
Watching a 3 1/2 year old Iranian girl say she wanted to kill me was a dramatic testament.
 
It's too bad Chrish missed it, she was busy critiquing Fox's post-election coverage and next Saturday's special.
November 5, 2006, 11:43:51 AM EST – Like – Reply


Johnthebaptist
Glad to see I wasn't the only one that caught that silly claim about Cavuto. In fact I posted on the 'news'hounds site as soon as Cavuto quoted Bill Clnton and referred to the Dems as 'we.' Suprisingly my comment there still stands. I also find it interesting that Melanie asserts that since Cavuto IS a republican there is no way he could therefore be 'fair and balanced.' Hrmmph. 
 
Interestingly my question on the 'Fox news keeps the John Kerry flap alive' thread over there where I asked simply 'So are you more angry at Kerry's stupid comment or at Foxnews for reporting it' is MIA.
November 6, 2006, 4:54:33 PM EST – Like – Reply


What?
Johnny Dollar is the one who is missing the point. He did not even see the first few words:
 
"The film, which is actually a year old, will be shown four (4) times this weekend..." from the link that says "Critique".
 
Newshounds admitted two things above:
 
a) That there are 12 months of chances to watch the documentary.
 
and
 
b) That FOX News has yet to show what the person is complaining about at that time.
 
It is the dollar that is wrong, here.
December 8, 2006, 9:41:21 PM EST – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
I have no idea what b) is supposed to mean, but the a) is pointless. It doesn't matter how many chances there were to see the documentary, Fox wasn't running the documentary. They were running portions of the documentary, with newly conducted supplementary interviews, That Had Never Been Aired Before. So only an irresponsible oaf would venture to condemn the program without seeing it.
December 8, 2006, 10:39:45 PM EST – Like – Reply