Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fox News Fumbles

FOX NEWS. The very name conjures up thoughts of conservative parody, spin, propaganda, and out right lies. The slanted news coverage which represents their version of the truth, surpasses mere opinion or talking points in favor of treacherous slander and scathing indictments of those that this dubious network have chosen to label "the enemy." As a result they have become nothing more than a laughable, fringe news network, and their latest gaff is as telling as it is sad, and gives an oxymoronic meaning to their catch phrase "fair and balanced."

The federal government shut down has caused a headache for tourists wanting to visit national parks and museums. One of the more high-profile stories this week concerned a group of World War II veterans who had to literally pass government tape to gain access to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

In a story about the monument closure, Fox News host Anna Kooiman fell prey to a false report from a parody site, which claimed that President Obama had offered to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open with cash from his own pocket.

“The Republican National Committee is offering to pay for it to keep it open so that the veterans from Honor Flight are going to be able to go and see this because who did it honor? It honored them,” Kooiman said during a report on Friday. “It really doesn't seem fair, and we're going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it's the Republican National Committee who's paying for this.”

Kooiman was referencing a quote from the National Report, a parody news site that ran the fake story on Obama. The key quote from the story reads:

“The International Museum of Muslim Cultures is sacred. That is why I have taken it upon myself to use my own personal funds to re-open this historic piece of American culture.”

On one hand, Media Matters points out that the National Report removed a disclaimer it once posted on its site acknowledging that the material contained within was parody.

On the other hand, the National Report currently contains a set of “news” headlines such as “Jesus Christ boycotts Hobby Lobby,” and “Police barge into kindergarten classroom and taser multiple children ‘for the check of it.’”

Apparently FOX News does not have a fact checker on staff.

But in the fast world of TV news, it’s most likely that a producer told Kooiman about the so-called news report, which then made it on air before anyone could confirm the report’s details.


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