The Sneer Occasion of Spin

The Outfoxed gals can't wait for Terri Schiavo to die of thirst, but that's no reason to concoct lies about it. With J$P Video!

There are many things that can raise the ire of the newshounds (another fine product from the Outfoxed syndicate). But nothing in recent memory has caused so much foaming-at-the-mouth as their rabid salivating for the death of Terry Schiavo. Of course, the curs are eager to distort anything that shows up on the FNC airwaves, but when they get their dander up, the falsehoods and lies become that much more reckless:
[Sean] Hannity,was so intent on controlling his message, that he cut off Alan at the start of the show and took his turn for himself interviewing Terri Schiavo's parents,Robert and Mary Schindler. This behavior is unthinkable on H&C but Hannity is so obsessed that he couldn't allow Alan to speak to the Schindlers...

Newspup deborah is responsible for this colossal whopper. Of course, Hannity did not take Alan's turn, and didn't prevent Alan from interviewing the parents. The explanation is simple. Deborah won't tell you, but we will: Alan went second, not first, as this screenshot (taken at 9:06 pm) demonstrates:

Another newspoodle, Melanie, offers this bizarre interpretation:
A banner appeared at the bottom of the screen which read, "Fox News Alert." Under that heading were the words: "Florida Senate Rejects Bill to Reconnect Schiavo's Feeding Tube." There was no full-screen graphic. There were no swooshing sounds. There were no bells and Neil Cavuto didn't turn sternly toward the camera to announce the news....Comment: If the Florida Senate passed a bill ordering Terri Schiavo's feeding tube to be reinserted, we all know that Fox would have interrupted Cavuto with a full-fledged FOX NEWS ALERT. However, since this news was bad for Bush and the social fundamentalists pushing the Schiavo case, Fox reported it as quietly as it could.

Note what happened at 4:59 pm [QuickTime video clip]:

Yes, it took only six little minutes for Melanie's pinheaded theory to be proven completely false. But she put so much effort into writing it, why not post it anyhow? That's the ticket. No one will know.

Still, our favorite tail-wagger remains nefarious nancy, whose penchant for creative writing turns her reports into masterpieces of tendentious fiction. In this first example, she restrains herself; this isn't an outright lie--just a misleading distortion:
Then [David] Korn [a Fox news employee, though nancy doesn't tell you that] did the unforgivable: he brought up that fact that in Texas, in 1999, then-Gov George W Bush signed into law a bill permitting hospitals to remove patients from life support...[David] Asman quickly interrupted to say that the question is "really her wishes" then pulled the classic gotta-go-breaking-news routine.

Gee, do you think nancy is trying to make you believe that there really wasn't news breaking? See for yourself [QuickTime video clip]::

Fast forward to today; matters are getting serious. Before the outright lies, nancy warms up with a typical doggie distortion:
Today (3/24) FNL turned itself into a "Special Edition" with Rick Folbaum & Brigitte Quinn so we could all overdose on Terri Schiavo, complete with incredibly saccharine music, photos from Terri & Michael's wedding, & copious gushing of the phoniest "concern" I've ever had the dubious privilege of seeing. First they devoted 15+ mins (with no ad break!) to a phone interview withh [sic] Bobby Schindler (TSchiavo's brother),

Fox News Live was on for over two hours before this phone interview took place.
They showed the statement from Michael Schiavo's attorney, including Q&A.

Of course following nancy's example it would read differently:
They devoted 10+ mins (with no ad break!) to the statement from Michael Schiavo's attorney, including the Q&A.

Nancy could have reported on both segments the same way, instead of playing one up and minimizing the other. That would have been fair and balanced. Which is precisely why nancy did not do so.
There were "interviews" [comment: platforms for Quinn, Folbaum & "some" guests to pretend to care] with...Michael Feldman (formerly with the Gore campaign) & Barbara Comstock (formerly with the RNC) [comment: Feldman got approx half the time Comstock did]...

According to our trusty Timex chronograph, Comstock's interview (including one interruption by Brigitte Quinn) ran all of 15 seconds longer than Feldman's uninterrupted interview. Oops, caught again.
... & Andrew McBridge (former clerk to Justice SDO'Connor).

Actually, his name is McBride, but why worry about misspellings when there's more important work to be done?
Snippets to show FNL's real agenda & general level of stupidity:...[Rick] Folbaum, bloviating: "... race against time her [sic], sadly ... she might die." What happens if she dies? Does it "just end there?"

This was actually not a comment, but a question to, McBride. And note the use of the ellipses, and how they neatly hide the fact that this was an inquiry about legal issues:

FOLBAUM: We are in a race against time here, and sadly, in the time that it takes for all of these legal maneuvers to sort of play themselves out, Terry Schiavo might not make it. She might die. What happens if Terry Schiavo dies before this legal process is completely played out?

No ellipses needed in this example; just change one word to falsify a quote:
[Phil]: Keating: "... complete failure in the appeals process ..." [comment: the appeals process didn't fail; it's the outcome of that process that he doesn't like]

Comment: nancy, stop lying about what people say, just so you can insert a snarky, dishonest comment [QuickTime video clip]:

KEATING: One day after the next has been a complete failure in their appeals process on the federal judicial levels.

Just altering one little word makes it look like Keating was offering an opinion when he wasn't--a hound specialty. And as if that falsehood weren't shameless enough, nancy once again pulls out her favorite pejorative. One would think that having been caught lying about this before, she would be reluctant to try it again so soon. But the cocksure canine isn't going to let that stop her:
Folbaum to [Howard] Simon, sneering: "Thanks for your perspective."

If you read our earlier report, you can probably guess where this is going [QuickTime video clip]:

Yet again, nancy and her psychic powers of remote viewing have identified a "sneer" that happened when the speaker wasn't even on screen! Some would call that a miracle of parapsychology. We just call it another of nefarious nancy's lies. When will nancy resign?

Postscript: It wasn't enough to keep us from posting comments at their site; the hounds had to take extraordinary steps to keep the echo-chamber free of any hint of the truth. So now they won't even allow our trackbacks to their articles. As Oliver Willis so succinctly put it: Wussies.

posted: Fri - March 25, 2005 at 02:25 AM       j$p  send 

john t
You say Hannity never cut off Alan. What about at the end of the segment with the nurse? Alan was interviewing her and before she could answer the question Hannity cut it off and asked the nurse to give her view.
March 25, 2005, 12:14:24 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
What nurse? The H&C segment in question involves the parents, not a nurse.
March 25, 2005, 12:15:41 PM EST – Like – Reply

The newshounds are all over Fox for their coverage of the Schiavo case, but they never mention the coverage by any other news agency in comparison. 
This week I watched CNN (Nancy Grace) and A&E (Bill Kurtis) and saw the same people interviewed (even "Brother Paul O'Donnell"), and much of the same opinions.
March 25, 2005, 1:36:54 PM EST – Like – Reply

They're asking for you at newshounds...
Comment to "Edited for Clarity":
Speaking of transcripts, where is J$ these days?
- Posted by: Jorge at March 25, 2005 02:01 PM
March 25, 2005, 4:01:41 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Gee, I wonder? After ellen banned me for posting something that later, in the same thread, she admits I was right about all along--now they're not even letting me ping trackbacks to their articles. No cracks in the echo chamber!
March 25, 2005, 4:19:56 PM EST – Like – Reply

Those newshounds peeps need to lay off the Alpo. It has turned their brains to mush.
March 27, 2005, 2:11:56 PM EST – Like – Reply

jeff valcarcel
You really are an idiot. No really, you are. How pathetic is your obsession with a bunch of housewives that don't like FoxNews?
Get a life. Your pationate defense of the Fox propaganda network is absolutely
and completely ridiculous. Why can't you just admit that they are all repubs reporting from their veiwpoint. It's not like the Newshounds are the only people that think this. If republicanism is so great and the majority of the country feels this way(according to you), then
be proud that Fox is conservative.
March 28, 2005, 9:50:13 AM EST – Like – Reply

The propaganda is on newshounds, not on Fox.
March 28, 2005, 11:06:24 AM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Sorry, "Jeff". What is ridiculous is how a bunch of housewives can concoct phony, doctored quotes, get caught in the act, refuse to correct their lies, and people like you still defend them.
The truth shall set you free.
March 28, 2005, 11:17:17 AM EST – Like – Reply

> Get a life. Your pationate [sic] defense of the Fox propaganda network is absolutely and completely ridiculous.
- jeff "luckily-the-usual-vulgar-expletives-are-deleted" valcarcel
(1) We have lives.
(3) We aren't "passionate" in our defense of Fox - only "accurate."
(4) Your defense of the newshounds' distorted representation of Fox is absolutely and completely ridiculous.
March 28, 2005, 5:17:15 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
Mike gets it. Rebutting lies told about Fox and correcting dishonest articles written about them is neither passionate nor a defense. It's just setting the record straight. It's called telling the truth, a concept that is undoubtedly like a foreign language to the poodles who gather in the newshounds kennel.
March 28, 2005, 5:44:26 PM EST – Like – Reply

David Corn is the Washington editor for the Nation, and occasionally a contributor to FoxNews. He is rather less an "employee of FoxNews" than, say Bill Kristol...and slightly more than Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. 
Even your clarifications are misleading.
March 28, 2005, 9:18:27 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
The phrase "Fox news employee" to describe anyone who is a Fox News Contributor was not coined by me. It was coined by the newshounds. They love to use it to refer to Oliver North, but have also called Ellen Ratner, Mike Gallagher, Zel Miller (who has appeared on Fox far less than Corn), and other contributors "employees". So I'm afraid it's the newshounds who coined this "misleading" phrase. Why don't you complain to them about misleading their readers (again!)?
M aybe your text got cut off. Because I don't see your comments on the doctored quotes and outright lies (like the off-camera sneer!) documented in this article. Please, give us your defense of the hounds' cornucopia of falsehoods.
March 28, 2005, 10:25:35 PM EST – Like – Reply