The 8 Worst Examples of Fox News Election Journalism Malpractice (In Just 8 Weeks)
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With the election season fully in bloom, the aroma of deceit and desperation is growing more pungent by the hour. Mitt Romney, the Original Bankster, continues to be evasive about his international business affairs, and he refuses to release more than a single year of tax returns in order to quell speculation. His electoral prospects have not been noticeably enhanced with the addition of Wisconsin congressman and right-wing extremist Paul Ryan to the ticket. So, the GOP PR machine (aka Fox News) has swung into action an an attempt to cauterize the wounds and manufacture some positive spin on behalf of the Republican standard bearers.
The most effective contribution of the Fox spinners is their expertise in disseminating brazenly dishonest propaganda without shame or fear of reprisal. They construct fabrications that benefit their patrons and broadcast them to an audience that is so undiscriminating they’ll watch Sean Hannity more than once. Since the majority of rational news consumers will never see much of what Fox works so hard to invent, we have complied a list of some of the most dishonest moments so far in the 2012 election cycle. (Note: in order to pare this list down to a manageable length, it has been limited to just the past eight weeks. There's only so much bandwidth on the Internet.)
1) President Obama Did Not Call Mitt Romney a Felon
Mitt Romney claims that he had ceased to be involved with Bain Capital in 1999, although his signature on SEC documents affirms that he was shareholder and CEO as late as 2002. Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, pointed out that Romney must have lied on either the SEC forms or his public statements that contradict them. Fox News turned that into an accusation by Obama that Romney is a felon. However, there is a big difference between calling someone a felon and simply noting that if one were to commit a felony he would be a felon, which is all that Cutter had done. But Fox is not inclined to miss an opportunity to invent a controversy where none actually exists.
2) Fox News Built That
In a speech to supporters in Virginia, President Obama praised the hard work of individuals and businesses while also noting the collective value of American investment in economic prosperity. Fox News plucked this out-of-context soundbite from the speech: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” What Fox deliberately left out was that Obama was referring to public services like teachers and police, and to infrastructure like roads and bridges that contribute to the success of all businesses. It’s a position that Romney himself has taken. However, Fox News blew this distortion up into such a frenzy that the Romney campaign adopted it and now the Fox-built fallacy is the theme for the GOP convention in Tampa. (Note: The GOP convention is being held in the Tampa Bay Forum, a facility that was built with mostly public funds.)
The tactic of taking quotes out of context has always been a favorite of the Fox News gang. They did precisely the same thing with remarks Obama made about the economy (the private sector is doing fine) and his record in office (we tried our plan and it worked). In both cases Fox left out critical language surrounding these remarks, which reveals just how purposefully dishonest the Fox News team is.
3) The Swift-Boating Of President Obama
Fox News has proudly announced the commencement of a swiftboat campaign against President Obama. The organization set up to carry out the assault is described as a "group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives,” but in reality is a partisan assembly of Republicans and professional Obama haters. The Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund (SOOEF) plans to produce and distribute videos and advertisements that will criticize Obama for “taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.” This is an archetypical implementation of swiftboating whose purpose is to spread lies about what is being presented as a key achievement of Obama’s leadership as Commander-in-Chief.