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Fox News screws up again

“Huge crowd” at Palin book signing was footage from a political rally


Fox News is back to its audience-inflating tricks. Yesterday, the network aired year-old stock footage to back up host Gregg Jarrett’s claim that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book,” the Think Progress blog reports. But the images being broadcast were from the 2008 presidential campaign, as indicated by individuals in the crowd holding McCain/Palin signs, while others are holding pom-poms and cheering wildly. This is the second time Fox has aired incorrect footage when reporting on crowd size. Recently, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart caught Fox News’ Sean Hannity displaying crowd shots from a rally earlier this year to back a claim that a GOP health care protest drew a larger audience than it actually did. Hannity later acknowledged that he “screwed up.”

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  1. "Hannity later acknowledged that he “screwed up.”…all the time.

  2. Any time one of these people comes out with a claim that they "screwed up" should be a cue for the media to re-run the story with an additional sentence of "An embarassed Hannity proceeded to lie about it."

    • Yep, that sounds suitably dishonest. Keep up the good progressive work.

      • Goose and gander, Gaunilon.
        It would make the difference between being able to dish it out and taking it quite clear, don't you think?

  3. My idea of Need To Know and Macleans view are not remotely the same apparently. Of all the things that happened in the world today, this does not rate very high on Need To Know meter.

    And I am sure it is just coincidence that there's no mention of the thousands of people who lined up for wristbands to get into line to buy Palin's book today.

    • "the thousands of people who lined up…"

      Please tell me Fox wasn't your source for this. :)

      I believe it, though. It always generates buzz when an individual manages to write more books than she's read.

      • Palin has run successful small business, got herself elected mayor and then governor without any family connections or being a multi-millionaire and defeated the old-boys network that dominated her state while she was at it. And yet you feel comfortable about cracking wise about how many books she's read.

        Surely you could have come up with something better than cheap misogynist jokes.

        • How is it misogyny to say that someone as proudly ignorant as Sarah Palin doesn't read?

        • Do you know what misogynist means?

      • Classy.

    • Well, major media outlets purposefully placing images from an unrelated event in an attempt to portray a false reality certainly qualifies as newsworthy in my book.

      The media is supposed to be our eyes and ears on the world and the government especially – if they've reached the point where they're blantantly attempting to skew reality with clearly false imagery, we're in trouble.

      • People in thousands did, in fact, line up to buy Palin's book on the first day.

        So this story should say – 'to back up Gregg Jarrett's claim about drawing huge crowds, Fox used footage from last year's presidential race instead of actual footage of the thousands of people who lined up for the book across America. It certainly is a scandal – whoever heard of such a thing as media trying to manipulate us, it is outrageous! – and it is one of the 10 things you need to know today'.

  4. Hannity said that the mistake was "inadvertent", but this latest incident suggests that it was intentional, and part of the modus operandi of the station.


  6. Funny how the media focus on these things from Fox…but not on this kind of manipulation of the truth from MSNBC.

    Why are you singling Fox out?

  7. jolyon doesn't care about the story yet has written 3 comments already

  8. If Fox manipulates a story to boost Palin, it's Need-to-Know news.
    If MSNBC manipulates a story to mock Palin, it's not Need-to-Know news.

    And that, I think, says all that needs to be said about (a) our expectations for Fox vs, MSNBC, and (b) the objectivity of the Need to Know headline editor.