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Faux News can’t get anything right

Despite their claim to be “fair and balanced”, hardly anyone is surprised at the stupid antics pulled by the Fox News Channel anymore. Nevertheless, some people complained when FNC started actively promoting anti-Obama “tea party” protests across the country, even inviting their viewers to participate in “FNC Tax Day Tea Parties” featuring their top stars:

Fox News Channel Tax Day Tea Parties

FNC’s Neil Cavuto bristled at those complaints, claiming:

We are are going to be in the middle of these protests because at Fox, we do not pick and choose these rallies and protests. We were there for the Million Man March, even though, as I pointed out, it turned out to be well shy of a million men.

What’s really hilarious about this is that the Million Man March took place in October 1995, while Fox News first went on the air a year later, in October 1996.

Even ignoring that ginormous faux pas, reporting on protests is not the same as promoting and sponsoring them. Somebody please take away their press credentials.



  1. PJ wrote:

    There is a typo in this post. “Lie” isn’t spelled “faux pas”.


    Monday, April 13, 2009 at 1:10 am | Permalink
  2. Zac wrote:

    Also, I don’t believe San Antonio is anywhere near the Texas coast.

    Monday, April 13, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    They do seem to have placed San Antonio where Corpus Christi should be. Maybe all those wing-nuts who want to go see Glenn Beck will get lost?

    You guys totally crack me up. It is comments like these that make this job worthwhile!

    Monday, April 13, 2009 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  4. Sammy wrote:

    I do get a kick out of my right wing friends who lament the biased media and love Fox News. Shouldn’t they (we) be championing unbiased media, period?

    Monday, April 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    Sammy, one problem is that there is no such thing as “unbiased” media. It is impossible to not have a bias, if nothing else when you pick what to report on.

    I learned this firsthand when I lived in England, where the media doesn’t pretend to be unbiased, but you have a range of media to chose from and you can pick your viewpoint. Much better system. I think that is one reason why Fox News is as popular as it is — people actually like to know the viewpoint of their media, and news that tries to report only neutral facts just comes off as boring and dry. Many people are now getting more and more of their news from the internet, where websites have their own (often strong) bias, but at least they don’t pretend they don’t.

    Monday, April 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

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