Smoking Gun?

Oh boy. This will embolden those who claim FNC spurts out Republican talking points. I guarantee a WPiTW nomination on Countdown…

Summary: In purporting to “take a look back” at how the economic recovery plan “grew, and grew, and grew,” Fox News’ Jon Scott referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources from those time periods — all of which came directly from a Senate Republican Communications Center press release. A Fox News on-screen graphic even reproduced a typo contained in the Republican press release.

Below is the “typo” from Media Matters…

Someone at FNC has some explaining to do. I’ve always given the network the benefit of the doubt but this time…it sure looks bad…

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21 Responses to “Smoking Gun?”

  1. Nailed it Spud. Just previewed for WPitW. That’s some killer journalism going on over there.

  2. Bravo. I never had any doubt.

  3. Ha. Let the excuses roll in…..

  4. libertyandjustice Says:

    I’d like to see the same outrage when the MSM does the same with Democratic talking points.

  5. zonedaiatlas Says:

    There’s Journalism going on at MSDNC, the talking points of Obama? I’m still waiting for Keith Olbermann to correct himself on the Rupert Murdoch misquote that he’s quoting as fact…

    Keith Olberdouche says “Even on [finance] terms, we have never been a company that tolerates facts.”

    Here’s what Rupert Murdoch really said, “There would be “rigorous” cost-cutting, including job cuts. “We have never been a company that tolerates fat,” he said, but added that this wouldn’t be at the cost of future growth, should the opportunity arise”.

    I wonder where’s the journalistic intergity of NBC at? Also Keith, O’Reilly current Factor studio isn’t an imitation of yours. The Factor is using a temporary studio because the new Factor studio is still under construction and being upgraded for HD.

    (The exact quote can be found here…)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/murdoch-we-will-survive-as-weaker-rivals-die-1547789.html

  6. zonedaiatlas Says:

    Liberals hate Fox News because they don’t tow the line of their glorious Messiah and the DNC! Free Speech only applies to them and their ideology, but if this is the best Liberals can do to prove that Fox News is Right Wing then it should be no problem to prove that MSNBC IS BARACK OBAMA’S NEWS CHANNNEL!

  7. Oh please, all it proves is FNC blew it. It doesn’t prove anything about FNC as a whole or MSNBC. And if MSNBC starts reporting press releases as news, I’ll call them out, too.

  8. Liberals hate Fox News because they don’t tow the line of their glorious Messiah and the DNC! Free Speech only applies to them and their ideology, but if this is the best Liberals can do to prove that Fox News is Right Wing then it should be no problem to prove that MSNBC IS BARACK OBAMA’S NEWS CHANNNEL!

    This isn’t about proving that FNC is or isn’t “right wing”. It’s about a news gathering process where checks and balances fail and a chunk of a Republican Press Release, including typo, winds up as a news segment on FNC. How this happened, or was allowed to happen, is a very serious issue.

  9. Spud, you mean this isn’t a left-right flame war, but a legitimate discussion about journalism? C’mon!

  10. Yeah, I know…what am I thinking?

  11. zonedaiatlas Says:

    ICN2, Why haven’t you reported about the lie that Keith Olbermann is reporting as fact on his countdown show about Rupert Murdoch? He misquoted again when he named Bill O’Reilly the WPITW again.

    Keith Olberdouche says “Even on [finance] terms, we have never been a company that tolerates facts.”

    Here’s what Rupert Murdoch really said, “There would be “rigorous” cost-cutting, including job cuts. “We have never been a company that tolerates fat,” he said, but added that this wouldn’t be at the cost of future growth, should the opportunity arise”.

    (The exact quote can be found here…)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/murdoch-we-will-survive-as-weaker-rivals-die-1547789.html

    Someone should tell him that Mediamatters is not a legimate news source!

  12. zonedaiatlas Says:

    Keith Olbermann got his so called facts from the Daily Kos…

    (The exact quote can be found here…)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/murdoch-we-will-survive-as-weaker-rivals-die-1547789.html

  13. unclearthur Says:

    Here’s the part I don’t understand, Spud: “I’ve always given the network the benefit of the doubt”

    Why? This isn’t the first time FNC has taken stenography from the RNC. Or Drudge. Or Rush.

    How many examples does it take?

  14. libertyandjustice Says:

    Art and my liberal friends

    Ok, we agree, FNC “news” (and all others) should be independent, fair and balanced and non partisan.

    Now the key question is why you won’t demand the same standards for NBC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, ABC, CNN and most of the print media. Your outrage at FNC is so so hypocritical unless you apply those standards universally and you certainly don’t.

    At least I’m consistent.

  15. It was noted last Sunday when it made the Not Hot list…

  16. topthecharts Says:

    Artie: Start listing!

  17. […] morning Jon Scott addressed the Republican Press release that wound up as a segment on FNC flap. However you really have to parse this. The only thing that Scott directly addressed was the […]

  18. people need to realize, there is a difference between Keith Olbermann, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, Bill O’Reilly doing something, and a dayside program doing something. One is opinion, one is news.

  19. L&J,

    I have read 100 of posts on this blog from Ditto-heads like you proclaiming how Fox News doesn’t blur the lines between hard news and opinion.

    I have never believed that and what I do know is bias has always been a reflection of the individuals reporting. Conservative bias at Fox News is institutional and has been since Roger Ailes was appointed president.

  20. libertyandjustice Says:

    Elmo
    Interesting post, I respect and agree with allot in your opinion. Moreover, thanks for being civil.
    Also, You can call me a ditto head but if you want but I disagree with Rush (who I respect) on many issues.
    I’m more of a libertarian than a conservative.

  21. […] The time an NRSCC press release showed up verbatim in an FNC story. FNC apologized…for a typo in the story…not for how an NRSCC press release made it into […]

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