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O'Reilly Misleads With Footage of Violent 'Wisconsin' Protesters--With Palm Trees in Background

 
 
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Via Digby, here's a clip in which Bill O'Reilly discusses the Wisconsin protests while running stock footage of angry, shoving and shouting demonstrators--with no snow on the ground palm trees in the background. Wisconsin, this clearly ain't. Another one of many misleading gambits on Fox to hype up a nonexistent union thuggery--a line of thinking which is important to debunk at every turn. 

Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon also debunks O'Reilly's talking points in the video:

 

 There’s also the ongoing right wing narrative that The Left has infinite resources to bus “professionals” in, a lie that, as I noted yesterday, is reminiscent of Mubarak claiming that the protests against him were being directed by foreigners, particularly from Qatar.  The lie depends on an audience that is completely sheltered from reality, because anyone who even knows a liberal probably knows that the last thing our side has is the financial infrastructure to pull such a thing off.  Of course, I’m sure there’s plenty of people there in solidarity, but I’m also hard-pressed to think of why that would be so wrong. 

 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 2, 2011, 3:39am

 
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