FOX Jumps Gun with Airstrike Reports

In the immediate aftermath of an explosion on the Gaza Strip, CNN and FOX both amassed information for their developing stories.

This first clip is from FOX from 11:24 a.m. This anchorwoman states that the explosion is the result of an Israeli airstrike. Actually, to be fair, their embedded reporter states that witnesses believe that the explosion was the result of an Israeli airstrike. However, FOX takes the information and runs with it--with the news anchorwoman referring to the explosion as an Israeli airstrike, and running a teaser that states 'Israeli Airstrike kills one.'





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This next clip from CNN aired around 11:27 a.m. The facts are stated: there was an explosion. The cause of the explosion is unknown. The Israeli army has not claimed responsibility for the explosion.




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According to the Associated Press, "The Israeli army, which routinely claims responsibility for airstrikes in Gaza, said it was not involved in Tuesday's blast."

Maybe FOX should change its slogan to 'Fair, Balanced and Accurate,' just to be completely hypocritical.

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