CNN Says Alien Abductions Are Real!


We're not making this claim. The Outfoxed gals are.

Sometimes it takes a bit of digging and research to expose the lies of the Fox haters. And then there are the cases that just present their fallacious inanity on a silver platter, all served up and ready to slice and dice. Such is the latest bit of humbug from the newshounds (another fine product of the Outfoxed mob).

We turn to newspooch deborah, who penned this screaming headline:
Fox News Sure Of Terror Attack In 90 Days

What follows is a veritable compendium of sloppiness, stupidity, and arrogance, based on the flimsy theory that the opinion of someone who wrote a column on the Fox News website is automatically the corporate viewpoint of all of Fox News (hence the screaming headline). Miss deborah's diatribe concludes in a fit of conspiratorial pique:
This article displayed as the top story on FoxNews.com,throughout [sic] the evening of June 8, is no longer there at 11:50 PM EDT.The headline story has been suddenly replaced by a schedule.

What's more, if you click on the article link provided by the anti-Fox terrier, you'll find that it doesn't take you to a schedule, but rather a story on Bill Cosby. Curiouser and curiouser.

But you'll recall we mentioned sloppiness? It turns out deborah made a slight error. She claims the story was at this link before it was "suddenly replaced":

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161062,00.html

Actually, the story wasn't replaced at all. It never went anywhere, it's right here, where it's always been. Compare the incorrect link given by deborah to the correct one:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161962,00.html

Identical, except deborah wrote 0 where she should have written 9. Oops.

We assume it's just a sloppy error on deb's part, but on reading the article we're not so sure. Because the actual text reveals a string of inaccuracies and downright falsehoods in deborah's description of how it reads:
Juval Aviv, counter terrorism expert, claims in an article for FoxNews.com,that [sic] Americans can expect a terrorist attack...nothing he writes is backed up with any verifiable fact or sources....He later wrote that there will be several explosions...

Since deb's headline attributes the opinions in this article to all of Fox News, it is necessary for her to claim that he wrote the article. But as the column clearly shows, Mr Aviv did nothing of the sort. He was simply an author who was interviewed by Fox News.
According to this Fox News expert....

Deborah ups the ante here, now elevating Mr Aviv to a "Fox News expert". Where did she get that from? She made it up! Mr Aviv is not a Fox News reporter, analyst, consultant, or contributor, according to the foxnews.com directory. His bio doesn't show him to be a "Fox News expert" either:

In addition to his speaking engagements, Aviv has been a guest on ABC “Nightline,” FOX News, CNN, BBC “Newsnight,” ZDF (German National Television) and RAI (Italian National Television) and has been featured in numerous articles in major magazines and newspapers worldwide.

He's not a "Fox News expert", he didn't even write the article--he was just an interview subject. And next thing you know, the newspoodles claim "Fox News Sure of Terror Attack in 90 Days"!

So we took this bit of hound logic and decided to see how it would play when applied to, say, CNN. Under deborah's belief system, if CNN interviewed someone and published it on their website, that becomes the opinion of the news channel itself. We didn't have to look very far; this Larry King broadcast gave us our own screaming headline:

CNN Says Alien Abductions Are Real!

Postscript: A poster on the hound comment threads ("the reasonable man") pointed out many of the issues we have summarized here. So deborah revised the headline; it now reads:
FoxNews.com: Predicts Terror Attack In 90 Days

Big difference...not. In other words:

CNN.com: Says Alien Abductions Are Real!

While deb's new headline is maybe 95% misleading instead of 100%, her article still falsely alleges that Aviv is a "Fox News expert". As "the reasonable man" aptly asks, does that mean that Howard Dean, because he was interviewed by Fox, is a "Fox News expert"? And laughably, even though the correct URL for the article was provided by trm, deborah is still claiming that the article "is no longer there".

Except, of course, that it is.

posted: Sat - July 9, 2005 at 02:36 AM       j$p  send 

Chris Golas
either is was never there or they took it down: newshounds never claimed that CNN SAID Alien abductions are real!!! or maybe it is there and reader jokinly said CNN said that!!! either way I cant find it!!!
July 9, 2005, 3:25:34 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Chris Golas
i withdraw my previous comment- i get what you mean
July 9, 2005, 3:38:29 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SLLamp
Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.
 
Are they overdue for their distemper and bordatella shots over there?
 
Just when you think the have reached the limits of deceit...
July 9, 2005, 5:49:29 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Mike
The article was moved but I will never be able to prove that to you or anyone...
-Posted by: deborah at July 9, 2005 04:16 PM
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Maybe Karl Rove hacked the site and changed the "9" to a "0" just to cause trouble and take the heat off of the Valerie Plame affair.
July 9, 2005, 6:15:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SLLamp
LMAO Mike!!!!!
 
Just went through the comments again, and what is Dnurse talking about--I mean it's obvious she thinks reasonable man is johnny...but the part about Geraldo??
 
"Reasonable man, you never answewed my question from a few days ago. Maybe you didn't see it.
When are you going to change the home page on your pitiful website from eons ago, the one with Geraldos mug on it? Just asking.
Dnurse
 
Posted by: Dnurse,pbD at July 9, 2005 07:10 AM"
 
I mean if she thinks reasonable man is johnny...she clearly hasn't been to the Web site in a while. Or is there some mystery home page with Geraldo's mug on it that I am missing?
July 9, 2005, 6:40:27 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Well, the dogs are just baying at the moon again. Reasonable man, as I have stated before, jumps the gun too much. If I WERE trm, I would let them go way out on a limb before sawing it off.
 
That said, I DO know who trm is. Which puts me one up on Dnurse!
 
As for the picture of Geraldo, that is as puzzling as anything I have heard. In fact, I have NEVER had a picture of Geraldo on the home page of this blog. But hey, one doesn't exactly expect accuracy from the dog pound.
July 9, 2005, 7:23:15 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SLLamp
Maybe Dnurse thinks William Shatner is Geraldo Rivera? Because, ya know, he is clean shaven and not at all Hispanic-looking, so they are clearly very easily confused...
July 9, 2005, 7:37:26 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Mike
Hound News Alert:
BUSH IS TO BLAME FOR THE FLORIDA HURRICANE!
 
"As Florida prepares for another endless hurricane season caused by the effects of global warming...Wonder if the folks swatting mosquitos in the Artic or the Floridians boarding up their homes yet again are glad that President Bush didn't giving an inch at the G8?"
 
- Reported by deborah at July 9, 2005 07:26 PM
July 9, 2005, 8:24:45 PM EDT – Like – Reply


SLLamp
Hmmm I think this comment sums up their REAL mission over at the 'hounds:
 
"Fox is collapsing! Let's do as much as we can to obliterate it!!
 
Posted by: Graham at July 9, 2005 09:26 PM"
 
Viable media my a$...
July 9, 2005, 9:51:53 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Renee
I can't read the newsmutts anymore. They give me a headache, and Shep won't share any of the 40,000 aspirins he ordered.
July 10, 2005, 10:53:40 PM EDT – Like – Reply


johnny dollar
Thank you for "newsmutts". That's one I hadn't thought of. That goes into the rotation!
July 10, 2005, 11:11:59 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Renee
You're welcome.
July 11, 2005, 9:00:52 PM EDT – Like – Reply


Sailor Kenshin
Johnny Dollar has been added to my list of must-read blogs!
July 12, 2005, 9:28:37 AM EDT – Like – Reply