Monday 21 September 2009

Fox producer caught stage-managing Beck's 912 riots

Glenn Beck campaigned to get the 912 riot going, to "bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001" when "we were united as Americans, standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created." The implication being that the arrival of the Obama presidency is tantamount to a terrorist attack. Neatly enough he was too gutless to attend his own riot. Fox promoted the 912 riot like gangbusters, and took out a huge ad falsely claiming that the other networks ignored 912 (and Fox got busted for it).

And now we know that at the 912 riots, a Fox News producer was caught on camera raising her hands, giving stage directions and encouraging the crowd to yell and scream while a Fox reporter was doing his live shot. When Fox was caught, they claimed they disciplined the “inexperienced” producer.

America already knew that so much of Fox’s other reporting is just plain made-up; there are entire websites dedicated to exposing their endless lies, and nobody to the left of Mussolini takes their lies seriously anymore. But clearly Fox hasn’t just been promoting the original tea parties, Beck’s 912 wingnut circus and other propaganda and infotainment for wingnuts: they have been actively manufacturing and choreographing their “news”. What else have these scumbags done behind the scenes, that we don't know about?

And Fox is surprised that the White House doesn't take them seriously as a real news organization.

Back in the day, any journalist who was caught fabricating his reports would not only be fired but drummed out of the business forever. But what happens when an entire news organization does it, day after day after day?

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