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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No excuse for crap like that from either side.

WitchDoctor on November 11, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Faux News.

portlandon on November 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM

yikes

cmsinaz on November 11, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I blame Shemp. If they get to blame Bush…I’m gonna blame Shemp every time.

Laura in Maryland on November 11, 2009 at 2:58 PM

This is why I get my news from radio and the internet.

Dave R. on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Does Hannity fact-check his show like Beck does? I don’t think so!
Dumb move Fox.

cubachi on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

They pulled an MSNBC-tea-party-coverage on dat ass.

In fairness to the news division, Hannity is not a journalist and never claimed to be.

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Why the hell do this anyway?

Mr. D on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Let’s not jump to conclusions….

/sarc

Russ

russcote on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Why would they do something stupid like that?????

Oink on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

It’s a fair cop.

exception on November 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM

I’d be a lot more receptive to this type of criticism if the MSM had acknowledged even for a nanosecond that the 9/12 rallies even took place. Now that it’s convenient to dis another, smaller, rally they’re somehow looking very closely at the numbers for 9/12.

Purple Fury on November 11, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Another reason not to be a big fan of Sean Hannity.

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I can hardly wait for Jon Stewart to do the same to ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC…

>cricketcricket<

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

September 12th is in fact earlier than November 5th.

highhopes on November 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Why would they do something stupid like that?????

Oink on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

A question that answers itself. TV news in general is stupid, and should be avoided.

exception on November 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

As much as I like have FNC as an alternative… it is stocked with a lot of amateurs; Hannity, Kilmeade, etc…

mankai on November 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

This is no big deal. Television news frequently needs pictures it doesn’t have to illustrate a story, so they rely on file footage. It’s harmless. Besides, many in the crowd on those two different days were the same people, anyway.

Emperor Norton on November 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM

So stupid.

Abby Adams on November 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Another reason not to be a big fan of Sean Hannity.

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Yeah because he has so much time on his hands that he actually edits his own video packages too. Seriously, you can hate FNC if you want but to suggest that this was all the doing of Sean Hannity just makes you sound like a paranoid moron.

This is not like CBS and Dan Rather knowingly presenting fake documents to the public.

highhopes on November 11, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I’m switching to MSNBC. I’ve had enough.

faraway on November 11, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I swear Stewart has a team of 100 people constantly looking at archive footage of Fox News.

Sixth Guard on November 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Another reason not to be a big fan of FOR Sean Hannity TO GO.

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:01 PM

mankai on November 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

The irony of this is that Fox didn’t need to do anything of the sort.

Yep – what’s the term…”fake but accurate,” right? Hooray news!

Hannity is not a journalist and never claimed to be.

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

So it is therefore entirely ethical. Hooray moral relativism!

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

This is all the left needs, is ammunition against FOX.

Bad move, FOX.

UltimateBob on November 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

We’ll be hearing about this 24/7 for the next fricken year from the libs.

dragondrop on November 11, 2009 at 3:06 PM

I’m switching to MSNBC. I’ve had enough.

faraway on November 11, 2009 at 3:04 PM

LOL!!!!! Good one.

UltimateBob on November 11, 2009 at 3:06 PM

So it is therefore entirely ethical. Hooray moral relativism!

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Yeah because exposing only ONE news show while never outing another is absolute morality.

Naaaahhh… Stewart isn’t taking orders from the White House at all…

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

I don’t know if it’s me but it seems that since the big fiasco b/tween the wh and fox,fox seems to be bending over backwards to please the other side.I don’t care,I get my news from the internet or conservative radio.

ohiobabe on November 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

This is so much worse than a Muslim Jihadist going on a murderous rampage. Let’s drop everything and run with this story for a week.

SKYFOX on November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

No doubt someone in the editing room screwed up, or the original plan was to compare the two events, plan was changed but video was not, or some such dumbassery.

The idea that they did this on purpose doesn’t make any sense, the simpler explanation is human error.

Rebar on November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

As much as I like have FNC as an alternative… it is stocked with a lot of amateurs; Hannity, Kilmeade, etc…

mankai on November 11, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Kilmeade is kind of a dork, but he grows on ya.

Hannity has never quite grown on me. He’s a good conservative, but his style is a little annoying.

UltimateBob on November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

On the Hannity show…doesn’t surprise me…

right2bright on November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

This is no big deal. Television news frequently needs pictures it doesn’t have to illustrate a story, so they rely on file footage. It’s harmless.

So you label the footage “file footage.”

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

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

Yeah because exposing only ONE news show while never outing another is absolute morality.

Really? You watch a lot of the Daily Show, so you can make an informed judgment on that?

Naaaahhh… Stewart isn’t taking orders from the White House at all…

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

…and therefore, what Fox News did was OK. Hooray moral relativism!

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I will gladly agree that this is stupid and is not helpful. And I really really hate to take up for Hannity but do people actually think he is in charge of getting the clips for the show together? Somebody’s producer is phoning it in.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

This is no big deal. Television news frequently needs pictures it doesn’t have to illustrate a story, so they rely on file footage. It’s harmless. Besides, many in the crowd on those two different days were the same people, anyway.

Emperor Norton on November 11, 2009 at 3:03 PM

We on the right-of-center will be much better off when people like you stop reflexively defending Fox News, or anyone else, when they do something stupid.

When you sound like a quasi-religious zealot nobody takes you seriously.

DaveS on November 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

If they have any sense, their fire the person that did that.

Count to 10 on November 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Olbermann does some creative editing on a regular basis… designed to deceive… yet he will never be called on it anywhere except of the right side of the blog.

Nov 9 – We noted above that Olbermann was careful to quote only questions, but not answers. This of course made it easy to strip all context from the discussion, but now we find there was another reason. Because the person the Fox hosts were talking to was Geraldo Rivera. You know, the fellow whose successful Fox News program beats MSNBC and CNN weekend after weekend? Now we’re not sure, but we think Geraldo is Hispanic. You know, like Julie Banderas. That’s the other reason why Olby avoided even mentioning Rivera. Because if he had, how could he wail that Fox News won’t allow Hispanics to succeed? Oh that racist FNC! If only it could be more like MSNBC, where Hispanic anchors are plentiful. Why MSNBC is a veritable haven of Muslims, blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.

mankai on November 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Downright stupidity.

BUT: isn’t it funny how all of a sudden the reporting is on how BIG the 9/12 rally was!

jeanneb on November 11, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Shame on you Fox News. That is wrong.

rbj on November 11, 2009 at 3:11 PM

On the other hand, this was probably just an editing mistake, and certainly the on-air talent had no idea (and probably didn’t even see the video that ran).

DaveS on November 11, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I will gladly agree that this is stupid and is not helpful. And I really really hate to take up for Hannity but do people actually think he is in charge of getting the clips for the show together? Somebody’s producer is phoning it in.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I’m sure Dan Rather isn’t personally responsible for vetting memos either, but he still got rightfully canned because of the fake memos. What Hannity did isn’t as bad, but it’s still bad, and he should at least be publicly reprimanded.

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:11 PM

The main difference is that Conservatives quickly and honestly acknowledge the stupidity of this and want heads to roll for the deception. On the other side, they hide it, make excuses for it and change the topic.

cannonball on November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Really? You watch a lot of the Daily Show, so you can make an informed judgment on that?
Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Yup. And I can.

And therefore, Stewart playing “newsman” and exposing only one news station as an attack for his liberal side while leaving all other stations alone WHILE doing Obama’s bidding AND ignoring exposing real news hypocrisy like what’s in the government’s health care plan or exposing Obama’s own gaffes and hypocrisies is perfectly OK by you which means… Hooray moral relativism!

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Fox is just tryin to get the Whitehose to call glenn becks Liar, Liar pants on fire hotline!

dhunter on November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

In fairness to the news division, Hannity is not a journalist and never claimed to be.

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM

I have heard Sean Hannity call himself as a “journalist” when he was trapped and trying to make a point. Though he only did it once, once was enough to make clear that he takes his “reporting” as seriously as he expects journalists to take theirs.

I will try to find the clip to which I’ve referred.

Either way, why excuse this? It’s dishonest at best. Do you need validation so desperately that you would forgo truth? Suit yourself, Dynamo.

The Race Card on November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

So it is therefore entirely ethical. Hooray moral relativism!

It’s not moral relativism when you’re not saying one wrong thing is right but another wrong thing is wrong.

This was stupid and transparent, and deserves to be called out.

I’m ALSO pointing out that “just the facts, ma’am” is not what Hannity does. That’ neither moral equivalence nor is it an approval of Hannity. That’s why I said “in fairness to the NEWS (not pundit) division…”

File this away and remember it the next time CNN, MSNBC or any other network reports on anything GOP and runs B-roll footage about ANYTHING.

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM

How do we know this was not an accident and was intentional?

Also…

Whether one accepts the Washington Post’s estimates of crowd size (10,000 people) or those of the organizers (25,000-40,000)

Isn’t this what they said the size of the 9/12 rally was anyhow? If so, how are they “inflating” the numbers?

Hey UltimateBob, did you see Mike Castle on Colbert?

Joe Caps on November 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Fake but accurate.

JammieWearingFool on November 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM

I blame Bush

faraway on November 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Either way, why excuse this?

Read what I wrote again. I’m slapping Hannity and am making a distinction between what he does and what, say, Brit Hume or Major Garrett does.

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Um, so? Doesn’t news always use “creative editing” to make a point?

This is nothing compared to alleging the IDF ruthlessly slaughtered that Palestinian kid. When in reality, the Palestinians were the ones who killed him.

I don’t care, nor do I care that Jon Stewart ‘caught’ them.

mjk on November 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Dumb, but I wouldn’t blame it on Hannity. I very much doubt he told his producers/editors to run tape from the wrong day in order to enhance the effect of M.B.’s efforts. I’d be looking at the proverbial ‘lower level employee’.

And while we’re fact checking, I believe Stewart is wrong to call the 9/12 rally “Glenn Beck’s rally”. He started the 9/12 Project, but didn’t organize the rally on 9/12.

Buy Danish on November 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM

The only things I watch on Fox these days are Beck and Red Eye.

Look – this was stupid since it provides ammunition to the Fox haters, but it wasn’t as egrarious as what many of the other stations have done (cherry picking which stories to air, taking quotes out of context) Nobody’s going to change their mind about health care because they thought the crowd was bigger than it was.

CityFish on November 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Give Beck Hannity’s slot.

califdreamnred on November 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Well, if liberals want to attack Fox there’s literally hundreds of examples of other news outfits doing the same and much worse.

darwin on November 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

As for the cause of this incident, look no further than the production staff of the show, in New York. Do you think they’re all Republicans? Some dude on staff probably found video of a crowd of angry white people carrying American flags, and thought it was from the Bachmann event.

Emperor Norton on November 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

We’ll be hearing about this 24/7 for the next fricken year from the libs.

dragondrop on November 11, 2009 at 3:06 PM

..so freaking what! Like Ed says, FNC did not need to do this and it only provides lullaby music for the liberal echo chamber. Let them snooze through 2010 saying our anger kis not real.

They’ll get a massive wake up call some day.

VoyskaPVO on November 11, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Do you need validation so desperately that you would forgo truth? Suit yourself, Dynamo.

What the hell are you talking about?

Validation for what? Is this coming from a moron who voted for Kerry in 2004 after CBS tried to sink Bush with fabricated documents but leftists INSISTED they were somehow real?

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Conservatives seem to feel that fox news is “on their side.” That is not the case at all. fox news is out there trying to make money, and if they can increase their ratings with a little skull duggery, they evidently will. But don’t expect them to help conservatives when the chips are down.

TimothyJ on November 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I question the timing…

CBarker on November 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I’m glad he caught it. I remember watching Hannity that night and seeing that 9/12 clip and thinking to myself something’s not right here, the crowd is waaaay too big.

John the Libertarian on November 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I was at the weekday rally and the 9/12 march. The weekday anti-obamacare rally was huge, way more than 10,000 (especially with only days notice).

That said, if they ran unrelated footage, it’s outrageous and not doing the debate against death panels and rationed care any favors. Whoever popped that in there should be fired (particularly if it’s Hannity) and Fox should do a full mea culpa. Idiots.

But again it points out how the right needs to be 1,000x more squeaky clean in it’s reportage than the left.

Western_Civ on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Yeah because he has so much time on his hands that he actually edits his own video packages too. Seriously, you can hate FNC if you want but to suggest that this was all the doing of Sean Hannity just makes you sound like a paranoid moron.

Hannity does not edit his packages, you’re right. But he definitely tells his producers what he wants to say and convey. They definitely see to it that any footage and guests are exactly to Hannity’s needs and expectations.

Why insult someone who simply expressed a preference for honesty than a lie. The footage is dishonest in its depiction, right? What’s your beef?

The Race Card on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

The only things I watch on Fox these days are Beck and Red Eye.

Maybe next Jon Stewart can Ombuds Andy Levy’s halftime reports. I’m pretty sure they aren’t entirely accurate….

mjk on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

I hope the irony is not lost on anyone that Jon Stewart has made a career out of “creative” editing and taking clips way out of context to push his agenda.

Night after night, week after week, month after month, year after year. And his followers march lock-step, never questioning.

And yes, I’ve watched his show.

visions on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Shame on Fox. I had hoped for better from them. I gave up newspapers in the 1970′s because of agenda-driven reporting, and I don’t appreciate the last remaining “mass” news outlet I can stomach watching or reading going down the same disgusting rat-hole.

mr.blacksheep on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Yup. And I can.

And therefore, Stewart playing “newsman” and exposing only one news station as an attack for his liberal side while leaving all other stations alone WHILE doing Obama’s bidding AND ignoring exposing real news hypocrisy like what’s in the government’s health care plan or exposing Obama’s own gaffes and hypocrisies is perfectly OK by you which means… Hooray moral relativism!

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I don’t watch his show as I don’t really care for it, but the fact that Stewart doesn’t expose MSNBC (according to you, the big Jon Stewart fan) enough does not excuse Fox News for their actions.

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I wish Hannity would just go away.

He’s a joke, people… can we admit that? I don’t care if he had anything to do with the clips or not… he needs to go. He is not terribly articulate and he is one HORRIBLE debater.

He’s a double time-slot hit. Followed Rush on the radio (by accident) and them got a slot behind O’Reilly on TV.

mankai on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Who is John Stewart?

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Very bad judgment by Fox News. Intentional or not, there’s no excuse. The responsible people ought to be punished, and if it was intentional they deserve to be fired.

OhioCoastie on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I hope the irony is not lost on anyone that Jon Stewart has made a career out of “creative” editing and taking clips way out of context to push his agenda.

Good point. Jon Stewart does some creative editing himself.

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:19 PM

I wish Hannity would just go away.

Replace him with Levin.

We need a brain to follow up Rush – not a wall-banger.

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Did Stewart do anything when MSNBC said that it was a white guy that brought a gun to a tea party rally? MSNBC doctored that footage, when it was really a BLACK guy who brought the gun…
Not excusing FOX, but just wondering…

lovingmyUSA on November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Shep Smith says this report in biasd because it didn’t show BOTH crowds!

Yeah, that was lame. I saw an ABC report about the Bachman rally it was pretty fair…except the “angry” meme. Yes, we are angry, but not in a mob kind of way.

SouthernGent on November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

He’s a joke, people… can we admit that?

Yeah. He seems like a nice guy and all. However, he just spouts GOP talking points. He has no intellectual haft. He also uses corny one-liners.

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

The producer of the segment should be fired immediately. There is no place for this kind of crap on a news or opinion show (doesn’t matter that it wasn’t a hard news show – a lie is still a lie). The excuse that others do it too, or they’re even worse, doesn’t fly.

melchitt on November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

I saw an ABC report about the Bachman rally it was pretty fair…except the “angry” meme. Yes, we are angry

SouthernGent on November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

LOL

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

TV people are snakes , professional Pied Piper-propagandists who just happen to have chosen conservatives as their targets .

borntoraisehogs on November 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Did Stewart do anything when MSNBC said that it was a white guy that brought a gun to a tea party rally?

No because Jon Stewart hates Fox News and not MSNBC.

terryannonline on November 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

visions on November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

It’s not really irony. Stewart’s job is to make people laugh and entertain. He does so by “creative editing”.

Fox News’ job is to present the news. you know, actual facts. “Creatively editing” (known in the real world as “lying”) undermines their premise, gives ammo to the anti-Fox people, and is simply unbecoming.

It is Stewart’s job to lie and be unbecoming, because it makes people laugh.

Abby Adams on November 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Who is John Stewart?

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Good question

nyx on November 11, 2009 at 3:21 PM

I don’t watch his show as I don’t really care for it, but the fact that Stewart doesn’t expose MSNBC (according to you, the big Jon Stewart fan) enough does not excuse Fox News for their actions.

Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I don’t watch Hannity’s show as I don’t really care for it, but the fact that Hannity doesn’t expose Jon Stewart (according to you, the big Hannity watcher) does not excuse Jon Stewart for his hypocrisy.

Hooray for Moral Relativism…. and hypocrisy.

Skywise on November 11, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Really bad move. Makes it tough to stick up for Fox when they give the libs ammo like this. Worse part? It wasn’t necessary; there were more than enough people there on that day to make the point.

Dopenstrange on November 11, 2009 at 3:22 PM

My initial feeling is that its was a simple editing mistake. Copy/Paste of DC Crowd (wrong dates). Hannity will address tonight I’m sure.

Amadeus on November 11, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Validation for what? Is this coming from a moron who voted for Kerry in 2004 after CBS tried to sink Bush with fabricated documents but leftists INSISTED they were somehow real?

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Get real. I’m not a moron. I did not vote for John frickin Kerry. Good Lord, man.

In fact I have had more than one chance to tell a roomful of journalists exactly how pathetic I thought that whole Mapes, Rather, CQ, LGF fiasco was. How could you think that I support phony journalism when I am speaking out against it now.

I expect lies and deflection in your reply. Surprise me.

The Race Card on November 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Not helping is right.

If we want to see cut and paste editing because the facts are not on our side we can watch MSNBC.

You know….the channel Stewart never seems to find anything wrong with.

Baxter Greene on November 11, 2009 at 3:23 PM

LOL-I bet Colmes and Rivera sneaked into the editing room one night and did this.

Dave R. on November 11, 2009 at 3:24 PM

John Lebowitz.. You’re so entertaining..

*yawn*

If it wasn’t for the internet, I wouldn’t even know who you are..

Zippy_Slug on November 11, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Don’t like Hannity and stuff like this gives me even more reason not to.

ihasurnominashun on November 11, 2009 at 3:24 PM

My initial feeling is that its was a simple editing mistake. Copy/Paste of DC Crowd (wrong dates). Hannity will address tonight I’m sure.

Amadeus on November 11, 2009 at 3:22 PM

The question is… did it change the facts? When MSNBC tried to deceive its viewers in regard to whom brought a gun to a town hall meeting, that was politically-motivated. If this turns out to be just some idiots splicing together file footage without checking… that doesn’t change the facts.

…but I’d still like to see Hannity replaced. ;)

mankai on November 11, 2009 at 3:25 PM

not a big day, so calm down there.

rob verdi on November 11, 2009 at 3:26 PM

How could you think that I support phony journalism when I am speaking out against it now.

You first. I don’t recall “excusing” this.

I DO recall reminding people that Hannity is a hack and is not Brit Hume.

Fox News’ job is to present the news.

Hannity’s job is to present his opinions (poorly). Not “news.”

Sure, it makes the whole network look bad. And it was their pundits that did it – not their newscasters. Facts matter, right?

Good Lt on November 11, 2009 at 3:27 PM

It was probably an accident. Where is Stewart when AP runs obvious fauxtographs about Israel, Iraq etc.?

gbear on November 11, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I’m sure Dan Rather isn’t personally responsible for vetting memos either, but he still got rightfully canned because of the fake memos.
Proud Rino on November 11, 2009 at 3:11 PM

No comparison. He stood completely behind Mary Mapes’ story after all the evidence that it was fraudulent. Hannity is not going to come on tonight and stubbornly stand by the footage error.

The producer of the segment should be fired immediately.
melchitt on November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM

If it was intentional deception, yes. If it was just a case of human error/pulling the wrong footage, that’s a wee bit harsh dontcha think?

But hey, I have an idea! Let’s see if there’s a correction tonight!

Buy Danish on November 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Fox shouldn’t be editing anything deceitfully but talk about pot calling kettle black. Jon Stewart? O’Reilly called his ass out the other day where he completely took O’Reilly’s words out of context through dishonest editing. Stewart makes his living doing this and it’s almost exclusively aimed at Conservatives. Fox should not be playing games like this but Stwewart has no business complaining about it. He is just as much of a joke as the media he likes to poke fun.

Daemonocracy on November 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM

It’d be quite possible to edit that by accident. You’re in your video editing suite, do a search for “protesters dc” and grab a few clips to fill the box behind Hannity.

That doesn’t excuse the sloppiness, but it could well have been an inadvertent mistake.

hawksruleva on November 11, 2009 at 3:30 PM

It was probably an accident. Where is Stewart when AP runs obvious fauxtographs about Israel, Iraq etc.?

gbear on November 11, 2009 at 3:27 PM

You mean like the massacres that never happened? The photos of garbage dumps on fire that are said to be airplanes? The dead people who aren’t dead? The aid worker who was EVERYWHERE in Beirut? The old lady who owned all of Lebanon?

Those pics and stories? Yeah, dollars to donuts says he didn’t say one thing about them. And they were “creative editing” as well.

mjk on November 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM

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