Friday, November 20, 2009

Fox News Busted For Using Fake Crowd Footage Again

With a Little Help From Her Friends Department …

Last week, as you probably remember, The Daily Show busted Fox "News" for splicing in crowd footage from another event to make it look like the one they were currently reporting on fluffing was more of an event than it was. Looks like they got caught doing it again, this time by Think Progress.

This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett proudly announced that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book. Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.” But the pictures that the network chose to display on-air appeared to be old file footage of Palin rallies from the 2008 presidential campaign. Individuals in the crowd are seen holding McCain/Palin signs, and others are holding pom-poms and cheering wildly. “There’s a crowd of folks,” an enthused Jarrett observed, referring to the old footage.

After the TP report was published, Fox apologized.

Media Matters found more proof, and then called attention to their ongoing watchdog project, which documents Fox's "history of deceptively using video to advance dubious storylines."

(h/t: Andrew Sullivan)


[Added] Heh. David Zurawik has taken to calling this the "Shill, Baby, Shill" book tour.

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