Uh-oh: Jon Stewart catches Fox News’ creative editing

posted at 2:55 pm on November 11, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Had CNN spliced footage of a sparsely-attended Capitol Hill rally to discredit the reports of large numbers of attendees to the 9/12 rally in September, conservatives would have rightly howled about media bias. What will conservatives say about Fox News splicing footage of the 9/12 rally into coverage of Michele Bachmann’s otherwise well-attended rally last week? Jon Stewart gives Fox News a well-deserved poke in the eye for fudging the footage, as well as exposing rather clearly its source:

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The irony of this is that Fox didn’t need to do anything of the sort. Whether one accepts the Washington Post’s estimates of crowd size (10,000 people) or those of the organizers (25,000-40,000), the weekday rally drew an impressive number of people. Many people had to miss a few days of work to attend it. Here in Minnesota, people paid their own travel costs to go by bus to DC and back, which ate up three days of travel. And the rally did its job in attracting media attention and focus on the ire of Americans opposed to another massive expansion of government.

Fox didn’t do us any favors in using rather easily-exposed editing tricks to make the already-impressive showing look better. It did a disservice to Rep. Bachmann in this instance. Let’s stick to the facts — they speak well enough as they are, and besides, that’s what a news organization should do. (via Jazz Shaw)


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Shame! That burns me up! Fly straight Fox you are all we’ve got. Your credibility is the only thing we can count on these days. As the only credible TV news source you need to police yourself better. Our liberty depends on your credibility!

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:41 AM

As the only credible TV news source you need to police yourself better. Our liberty depends on your credibility!

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Seriously?

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 1:47 AM

Fox Fail. No surprise here, Hannity is pathetic.

On the other hand, Huffington Post referred to the event in a headline starting with word “Hundreds” in reference to the thousands of protesters.

Anybody catch that?

The Race Card on November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Excellent point.

I hope Hannity explains it though.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:47 AM

Seriously?

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 1:47 AM

Absolutely! There is nothing but constant lies and excuses for Obama’s failures on the other networks. I try to watch and after about 10 minutes I change back to Fox every single time!

Fox doesn’t always get it right. But they are the only place I trust in this administration.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:50 AM

This is not an isolated event. Hannity does it on a daily basis but other Fox News show do it as well. Earlier Hannity spliced a Obama speech and then ridiculed him for not including text that he spliced.

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 1:08 AM

You lie! I watch nearly everyday. Not today however. Sean Hannity has a point of view. It is not a lie to have a point of view.

Showing the wrong footage should elicit an apology for the wrong footage. Wrong footage is not a lie either. But it is bad form.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:56 AM

It is called “The Daily Show”. Not the Daily “News”. In this case nothing is out of context. Hannity does this thing all the time. He does it even more on his radio show.

I would have no problem with Fox “News” if they remove the “News” from their name. They are certainly not a “News” organization. They are merely a propaganda outlet for the GOP.

Fox “News” is little more than the political equivalent of a 24/7 “Sham Wow” infomercial.

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Zzzz. You’ve lost this debate so badly that even Obama is tired of your bullsh*t. He’s gonna end his boycott of Fox NEWS and will interview with Major Garrett next week. Anything else?

Apologetic California on November 12, 2009 at 1:58 AM

I am not the only one who has discovered that Fox is the only news source that can be trusted to tell the truth with Obama in the Whitehouse.

The ratings speak for themselves. Trying to isolate Fox didn’t work. It just got people to check it out. They like what they see and hear. Truth wins. Fox wins.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 2:03 AM

As someone who has the (mis)fortune of working in the entertainment business; I have seen first hand more than a few times footage being re-used when good enough footage of what is being described isn’t present.

If you’ll notice the titles, they say ‘protesters at health care rally’ and the title up top says ‘earlier’

I never saw the titles say ‘rally in support of Bachmann earlier today’

It is not strictly honest, it’s like the subtitles at the end of commercials with the standard legal boilerplate that smashes all the promises made in the commercial.

I will give you 100% assurances that EVERY network has done this very same thing more than a few times…a DAY.

I’m not defending the practice of it and I’d like to think Hannity would be above it because truth and being right is on his side but they ALL do it.

MannyT-vA on November 12, 2009 at 3:22 AM

News organizations must always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The problem with the media is not “bias,” but dishonesty.

If Fox purposefully used the wrong footage then they are as guilty of dishonesty as MSNBC and the NYT.

If the wrong footage was used by mistake then they need to publicly and loudly apologize and take steps to ensure that such mistakes to not happen in the future.

leereyno on November 12, 2009 at 5:21 AM

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaa….

Anita Dunn was so happy to call their dem. operative Jon to squeal….

The commies are killing our troops and you all are just so insulted by this little goof………………..hannity is an entertainment show and a doofus….

grow up and man up……..Fox should help patriots anyway they can.

nondhimmie on November 12, 2009 at 6:37 AM

Did Stewart ever call out MSNBC with their clever editing?

gatorfanatic on November 12, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Oh please!. Tape. Footage. Whatever. You could not be more disingenuous to now claim that the whole discussion rests on this technicality. It’s like scolding someone for calling a CD and “album” and pretending it’s an “AHA!” moment.

Buy Danish on November 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM

The whole discussion rests upon your quest to minimize an affront for which you would lambast any liberal.

Look, you used one word to wage your argument and a different word to reassert it. The words you used have different meanings no matter how slight you may perceive them to be. But if I’m chopping up a clip I need specific assets; that requires specific language.

I was probably being too generous in my earlier assessment. I did not realize that you just don’t know what you’re talking about. I take the blame for presuming you to have meant what you said. I won’t make that mistake again.

The Race Card on November 12, 2009 at 7:37 AM

Fire the video editor. And their boss.

Coronagold on November 12, 2009 at 7:48 AM

You lie! I watch nearly everyday. Not today however. Sean Hannity has a point of view. It is not a lie to have a point of view.

Showing the wrong footage should elicit an apology for the wrong footage. Wrong footage is not a lie either. But it is bad form.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:56 AM

Sorry but it is true, Hannity has cut specific sections out of Obama comments then attacked him for the missing pieces on air.

Here are some quick video examples.

NextGen on November 12, 2009 at 7:50 AM

I’m using the same logic as libs. Curious–you ‘tire’ of me but never once have you risen up against other libs.

Which means…

Liam on November 11, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Further evidence that senility is hereditary.

simplesimon on November 11, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Where is the moderation on this and other comments by a johnnynobody or something? This is way out of line and SHOULD be dealt with as severally as someone using strong ways to point out the First Lady’s less than attractive attributes.

Noelie on November 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM

To Sean’s credit, he did an on-air retraction and correction last night on his show and admitted a mistake was made. That’s more than any of the other stations do and they’re caught with their pants down many, many, many more times. Photo-shopped pictures, creative news-editting – how telling that it’s only FOX News that gets 24/7 reporting and that a repulsive clown like Jon Stewart is all sanctimonious about it when he’s guiltier than most. And the MSM will run false and faulty reports over and over if they’re about republicans. Mmm, Jon, where were you when Sarah Palin was being skewered (you moron)?

mozalf on November 12, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Let’s stick to the facts — they speak well enough as they are, and besides, that’s what a news organization should do.

What does “what a news organization should do” have anything to do with what Fox should do?

greggish on November 12, 2009 at 8:34 AM

It’s rather pathetic that the left has seized upon this incident like a gift from Heaven.

A 24/7/365 news and opinion channel is going to make mistakes, because human beings make mistakes, eventually, and people realize it.

Not a single FNC viewer is going to stop watching because of a rather minor mixup in a few seconds of video, no matter how the left blows it out of proportion. Rather, expect ratings to continue to climb, as the channel is the only one to openly challenge the increasingly out of control 0bama and the democrat party.

Rebar on November 12, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Rather, expect ratings to continue to climb, as the channel is the only one to openly challenge the increasingly out of control 0bama and the democrat party.

Rebar on November 12, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Political pornography is always going to have great ratings. Fox “News” is the political equivalent to the Howard Stern show.

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 9:07 AM

If FNC is “political pornography”, does that make msnbc a donkey show?

Rebar on November 12, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Political pornography is always going to have great ratings. Fox “News” is the political equivalent to the Howard Stern show.

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Yeah, like having kids come on and sing hymns about your messiah is rock solid journalism. Kid, were you even born before Fox News was on the air?

ClassicCon on November 12, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Man, this topic sure brings out the trolls on here.
I don’t remember them complaining about the propagandizing of Rush Limbaugh when he was slandered by CNN, MSNBC, etc. And he and Sarah Palin are still being maligned with the same misinformation!?! Double standards, anyone!?!?

mozalf on November 12, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Double standards, anyone!?!?

mozalf on November 12, 2009 at 9:28 AM

If the left didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

Rebar on November 12, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Political pornography is always going to have great ratings. Fox “News” is the political equivalent to the Howard Stern show.

Yeah dimwit, trying to pluck that same ole chicken aren’t you. Aren’t you late for that Humanities 101 class or have some Facebook editing you’re behind on?

starman on November 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Decider where is that answer on MSNBC, and the rest of the Demo supporters of the news? Are they not also pornographic?

garydt on November 12, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Does Hannity bear any responsibility for this? Full disclosure: I think he’s a weak-spined RINO-apologist.

Ludwig on November 12, 2009 at 9:51 AM

It’s a shame that Fox stooped to the same level as “real” news outlets. Fox – you should know better!

Torch on November 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM

The whole discussion rests upon your quest to minimize an affront for which you would lambast any liberal.
The Race Card on November 12, 2009 at 7:37 AM

Balderdash! The whole discussion rests on my assertion that Hannity (or his producer) did not intentionally pull the wrong tape/video/footage (whatever you want to call it) and that those who alleged that this was an intentional deceit were doing so not because there were any facts in evidence to bolster their claim, but because they don’t like Sean Hannity and were eager to stab him in the back.

You began by saying that Hannity is “pathetic”. You went on to say that “I do not believe for one second that this footage aired independent of Hannity’s wishes”, and “Somebody made the decision to broadcast a lie”, and you made the unbelievable and idiotic claim that this nevah evah happens by “accident” – something that would cause the jaw of any 3rd grader who regularly watches the news to drop because that claim is so demonstrably false.

Buy Danish on November 12, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Where is the moderation on this and other comments by a johnnynobody or something? This is way out of line and SHOULD be dealt with as severally as someone using strong ways to point out the First Lady’s less than attractive attributes.

Noelie on November 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Thank you. I agree. I would think that maligning someone’s elderly mother would constitute as abusive, but that’s just me.

Niere on November 12, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Noelie – Surely you’re not referring to me and my comments from last night.

johnnynucleo on November 12, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Fox didn’t do us any favors

They did not intend to do any favors to conservative activists at any of the Tea Party Rallies.

This fraud equates FOX with other news sources. Trying so hard to be favored by this administration hurts everyone.

maverick muse on November 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Political pornography is always going to have great ratings. Fox “News” is the political equivalent to the Howard Stern show.

Decider on November 12, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Is that what the administration tells itself to sleep at night?

Just keep denying reality because it is finally starting to sink in with the electorate that they were sold a bill of goods in 2008.

Your attitude is going to keep the Dems out of power for the next 50 years.

Unless of course the Republicans start acting like Dems again once they have power.

It is amazing that politicians think they can win for long by veering left.

Americans are not socialists! We have never had the oppressive poverty that causes Europeans to want government control! We are the descendants of people who left serfdom to form self-government!

We are a self-selected group who are willing to put up with the inequities of capitalism because a merit system is more just than social engineering by elites!

Rugged individualism is simply more fun than collective poverty.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 12:35 PM

maverick muse on November 12, 2009 at 12:33 PM

I believe this was Hannity. I seriously doubt Hannity is trying to please the administration. This was an oversight… they probably meant to point it out as a comparison of what libs said were the same numbers…. but the 9/12 crowds were much bigger. Even though the “estimates” were the same… Something like that.

I hope Hannity explains what happened and does just ignore it.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 12:39 PM

This was on Hannity/Fox, rather than Fox News then.

It was a stupid, lazy or inept error by staff, intentional or not. But Hannity owns up when he’s in error, except when badgering his staff about weddings.

maverick muse on November 12, 2009 at 12:42 PM

MSNBC edits out that black man is carrying rifle at a rally.
MSNBC edits out people at 9-12 Rally
CNN had a lucrative deal with Sadaam
MSNBC has Olby Maddow and the rest of the farm degree people not to mention chris tingle…
give me a break…..Let’s dispute that Van is a commie, Dunn is a commie
now that would be interesting…but they can’t….

FOX HAS MORE VIEWERS THAN ALL OF THEM COMBINED.

nondhimmie on November 12, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Photo-shopped pictures, creative news-editting – how telling that it’s only FOX News that gets 24/7 reporting and that a repulsive clown like Jon Stewart is all sanctimonious about it when he’s guiltier than most.

Give me one example. Put up or shut up.

Grow Fins on November 12, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Buy Danish on November 12, 2009 at 10:46 AM

You are unwilling to admit that you made a mistake in your language that stemmed from your confusion about video editing. You apparently have no experience in this area but won’t admit to how that limits your understanding.

You misspoke based on your ignorance. You were talking generalities when specifics were warranted.

Either way, what happened does not happen inadvertently as you would like to believe. It is as deliberate a set of actions as making a PB&J sandwich.

Have you ever accidentally made peanut butter and mustard sandwich? No. That would be analogous to what you’ve suggested happened.

You made an accusation about my professional acumen but you won’t acknowledge that your limited understanding of videography and editingare problematic in this discussion. If you knew one thing about the editing process you would understand how foolish you sound.

You’re simply being obstinate and dishonest, perhaps to save face. You need to leggo that ego.

Good day to you.

The Race Card on November 12, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Ah, I feel soooo much better knowing that the watchdogs of our great Republic like Jon Stewart are covering our six.

Give me a break.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 12, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Again, do I have to ask Grow Fins and Decider if they have ever heard of MSNBC? They edited a video too. Fox News and MSNBC are both guilty of doing so, yet the left-wing hangers-on this site keep acting as if MSNBC isn’t the left-wing equivalent of Fox News. If Fox News isn’t “news,” then neither is MSNBC. Goodbye to Chuck Todd, etc. at the press briefings. Geez!

NathanG on November 12, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Well, they finally showed the Tea Party from last summer as a large crowd.

Herb on November 12, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Jon Stewart show is where most young people get their news.

Ed Laskie on November 13, 2009 at 3:52 AM

Sure The Daily Show is pure comedy but I don’t think it’s a gotcha moment when TDS, who very existence depends on creative editing, pointing out 5 seconds of footage from the wrong event.

LeeSeneca on November 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Watching this media is like hearding cats.

First, I don’t like FOX pulling this and I am writing to them.

Second, CNN just did video where they showed Ann Coulter and McCain knocking our military for alllowing PC to interfere in National Security. Then of course, CNN had to flash one of their moronic reporter-personalities ‘tsk, tsking’ Ann and launch into a somewhat amusing desense of the idea that our crazed shooter was not protected by PC since..(drumroll) some black EM shot other GIs (and this may or may not have been Islam related — I couldn’t tell — but other soliders had shot fellow soldiers without PC being involved! Whatever that has to do with not investigating jihadist remarks can best be explained by…MSNBC or the New York Times, I am sure.

I would review the Comedy Channel but you guys are probably going to guess at what I could do with them.

IlikedAUH2O on November 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Hearding=herding

IlikedAUH2O on November 13, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Showing the wrong footage should elicit an apology for the wrong footage. Wrong footage is not a lie either. But it is bad form.

petunia on November 12, 2009 at 1:56 AM

I’m not convinced that this is just a matter of running the wrong footage. Watch the Hannity portion again, when the camera pans across the Mall. I noticed that the cloudy sky jumped oddly up and down a bit in relation to the background trees, as if the sky portion was edited in from a different video. It looks similar to bad green-screen commercials for car dealers where the background moves inappropriately with respect to the actor in the foreground.

To me, that looks like the video equivalent of a bad Photoshop job, not just running the wrong footage at the wrong time. Look for yourself and see if you notice it too.

VekTor on November 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

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