I'm on an anti right wing kick lately, but don't worry, the left's turn is coming up!
Looking around the Internet this fine weekend I came across plenty of evidence that the Far Right occasionally plays fast and loose with the truth.
Occasionally they will distort, creatively edit, or even fabricate evidence to support their narrative.
Unless you're a bit brain-damaged, it shouldn't come as too much of a shock that Fox News is one of the worst offenders!
According to Brandon Root and the "Spiteful Critic" blog, there is nothing illegal with what Fox News does. (Well, kind of!)
In 2003, the Florida Court of Appeals agreed that it is illegal to distort or falsify the news in the United States, BUT, there are a lot of gray areas!
For example, the FCC has said in the past that rigging the news kind of bums them out, but they can't do anything unless they receive "...documented evidence of such rigging or slanting. This kind of evidence could include testimony, in writing or otherwise, from 'insiders' or persons who have direct personal knowledge of an intentional falsification of the news."
So basically if the FCC were to catch you and your brother handing out a flyer claiming in red crayon that "Sprinkles the cat is an evil communist," when Sprinkles is in fact a simple, democracy loving cat, you can't get into trouble unless your brother rats you out and tells the FCC that you knew Sprinkles wasn't a communist when you put crayon-to-paper.
If your brother stays tight-lipped about the whole thing, the FCC will just assume you were ignorant when it came to the correct political orientation of Sprinkles, so you weren't really at fault, just stupid.
The only time the rules are not vague at all is if a news organization were "Knowingly broadcasting false information concerning a crime or a catastrophe."
So they can't report that Barack Obama and a horde of gay black men are running naked through the streets setting cars on fire and aborting babies unless it were to actually happen.
But they're really good at doing the next best thing..................!
Here are 10 of their more outrageous lies, creative edits, and half-truths:
Gay Sex And The Safety Czar;
Fox News reported that Kevin Jennings, an Assistant Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, was informed by a 15 year old boy that he was having sexual encounters with older men.
Jennings didn't report this conversation, and Fox News proceeds to harp on how much of a tool he is. What they didn't bother to find out is that the kid wasn't 15, he was above the age of consent.
The Fundamentals of the Economy are Strong;
In March 2009, Fox News made it seem as of Joe Biden was parroting the line that made John McCain look so out of touch during the campaign to try to inject false hope into the ailing economy.
In fact, Biden never said that "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" in March. That clip of Biden was actually from the campaign and selectively edited to seem more recent.
Daily Show comparison;
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show dissects a ridiculous comparison between the Islamic star and crescent and the logo of the Nuclear Security Summit.
Fox News edits Obama's statements makes it seem as if he wants health care "like in the European countries."
This is not what he says at all, he repeats a question he is asked and goes on to say that it is not what he wants.
When the false "death panel" rumors started in August of 2009, Fox News reported on a supposed, "death book" by the Veterans Health Administration.
In lieu of actual reporting, they fanned the death panel flames by promoting a number of falsehoods that would have been cleared up had they actually read the thing.
4x the Budget;
In an April 2009, the Fox News show America's Newsroom made the claim that Obama's $3.6 trillion budget is 4x bigger than Bush's costliest plan.
This isn't true at all.
Bush's budgets for 2009 and 2008 were $3.1 and $2.9 trillion respectively. Keep in mind, Fox News lives in an age where even a second grader could access this information in about 20 seconds.
Jail Time for Prayer;
The Fox News show Fox and Friends make it seem as if the government and ACLU are out to get poor ol' folks who just want to pray by not giving you the full story. Except they did, the night before.
Fox News Has Photoshop Too;
Maybe you remember this one from the campaign.
The New York Times wrote an article that Fox didn't like, so they Photo shopped images of New York Times editor Steven Reddicliffe and reporter Jacques Steinberg to make them look ugly and passed it as news.
Fox News Has 10 BAJILLION Fans;
When the 9/12 Tea Party march on DC was being reported by Fox News, the numbers they were parroting were massive: 1.5 million, maybe 1.7 million.
In fact, other news organizations were putting the number between 60,000 and 70,000, which was about the size of the National Equality March a few weeks later.
Fox News didn't really talk about that one too much.
(This reminds me of when they had the referendum on Quebec separation here in Canada, and a couple of hundred thousand people went to Montreal to show the French that they didn't want them to leave. The French press estimated the crowd at a couple of hundred!)
Obama is a Muslim Raised in a Madrasah
This is one that CNN was gracious enough to pounce on as well.
Fox News and the New York Post reported completely unsubstantiated rumors that Obama was raised in a Muslim madrasah.
Naturally the story turned out to be a half-truth that Fox News used to its advantage.
BUT kids, there are some things that should be too extreme...... even for FOX!!!!!!!
In his new book, FOX News contributor Newt Gingrich compared President Obama's administration to Nazi Germany saying his "secular-socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."
This comparison is not only utterly offensive but also completely unacceptable within the context of "news."
FOX News must condemn Gingrich's statement and stop giving him a paid platform for promoting this view.
FOX News' own Chris Wallace called the Nazi comparison "wildly over the top." And yet Gingrich's employers at FOX News continue to give him a platform for promoting these views.
In an appearance on FOX's "On the Record" Gingrich defended his Nazi comparison, saying he made a "reasoned and compelling argument."
Even for FOX this goes too far.
If Newt Gingrich wants to peddle his hate speech, he has a right to do it on the tea party circuit or in extremist right wing propaganda publications.
But it is far beyond acceptable for a national news outlet, even one as conservative as FOX News, to give him a paid platform for promoting his absurd views!
Allan W Janssen is the author of the book The Plain Truth About God (What the mainstream religions don't want you to know!) and is available as an E-Book H E R E! and H E R E!
The American Jewish Committee has condemned the statement saying, "By invoking the current Administration in the same breath as two murderous totalitarian states, Newt Gingrich has drawn a foolish and dangerous analogy.
Gingrich's linkage not only diminishes the horror of the Holocaust, it also licenses the use of extremist language in contemporary America."