During an interview with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on Feb. 15, Fox News correspondent Bill Hemmer jokes with the Congressman about the crowd’s reaction to the announcement that he won the 2011 CPAC straw poll. However, the video played was from the 2010 poll; in it you could hear crowd members booing Rep. Paul. In the 2011 video, the announcement receives a mix of both positive and negative responses to the announcement. However, supporters of Rep. Paul quickly posted proof of what they refer to as Fox News’ deception. Fox admits that they made a mistake with the video and intend to issue a correction to the report.
While the mistake doesn’t place Fox on the same level of media propaganda as China’s CCTV, which inserted a missile scene from the movie “Top Gun” in their recent fighter plane report, this not the first time our own country’s media has made mistakes. Also, it is not uncommon to learn that sometimes network’s findings seem to favor a particular view point or the facts turn out to be only partially true. While Fox is not the only culprit, it has been found to do its fair share.
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly was quick to criticize both NBC and ABC for not giving enough coverage to a recent “sting” on a Planned Parenthood clinic. CBS and CNN both covered the story. But O’Reilly omitted that Planned Parenthood contacted the Justice Department about possible sex trafficking incidents at the locations were stings were conducted before the videos ever hit the news. Also, some of the items that O’Reilly raised issues with were legal within the local laws. However, some of the media attention could have possibly been avoided if the agency hadn’t refused to go on O’Reilly’s show.
Another Fox mess-up involved Neil Cavuto insisting that Fox does not show favoritism in its coverage of the Tea Party rallies. Cavuto insisted numerous times that they cover any rally and specifically referred to Fox News covering the Million Man March. The problem with his statements was that the march occurred in 1995; Fox News did not begin airing until 1996.
Unfortunately, two of the major news watchdog organizations, Media Research Center and Media Matters, lean to either the left or right in their reports. So it’s best to get your news reports from multiple sources and avoid just looking at one editorial view point. Also, keep in mind that just because an organization is considered a news watchdog does not mean that it is watching out for your interests.
Jon Bershad, “Fox News: Airing Old CPAC Footage Showing Crowd Booing Ron Paul Was A ‘Mistake'”, Mediaite
Kyle Drennen, “FNC’s O’Reilly Calls Out ABC and NBC for ‘Big Omission’ of Planned Parenthood Video Sting”, Media Research Center
“O’Reilly Forgets To Report That Planned Parenthood Contacted Authorities After ‘Sting'”, Media Matters
“Fox News Justifies Tea Party Involvement by Lying about Covering the Million Man March”, Politicususa