Friday, October 01, 2004

BUSTED: Fox "News" Fabricates

This morning Fox "News" Channel posted a news story on its website comprised of the following fabricated account of a Friday Kerry campaign appearence in Florida:

Rallying supporters in Tampa Friday, Kerry played up his performance in Thursday night's debate, in which many observers agreed the Massachusetts senator outperformed the president.

"Didn't my nails and cuticles look great? What a good debate!" Kerry said Friday.

With the foreign-policy debate in the history books, Kerry hopes to keep the pressure on and the sense of traction going.

Aides say he will step up attacks on the president in the next few days, and pivot somewhat to the domestic agenda, with a focus on women and abortion rights.

"It's about the Supreme Court. Women should like me! I do manicures," Kerry said.

Kerry still trails in actual horse-race polls, but aides say his performance was strong enough to rally his base and further appeal to voters ready for a change.

"I'm metrosexual — he's a cowboy," the Democratic candidate said of himself and his opponent.

A "metrosexual" is defined as an urbane male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle.
Just one problem - this is complete and total bullshit and Fox pulled the story after it had run for an unknown period of time. If it was a parody, it was not listed as such, but instead ran as news in the "Trail Tales," column at the FNC website.

Perhaps the column should be called "Tall Tales."

A Fox News spokesman told Josh Marshall, who spotted the BS and called them on it:
“Carl [Cameron, Fox News Chief Political Correspondent] made a stupid mistake which he regrets. And he has been reprimanded for his lapse in judgment. It was a poor attempt at humor.”
And Fox issued the following statement on its website:
Earlier Friday, FOXNews.com posted an item purporting to contain quotations from Kerry. The item was based on a reporter’s partial script that had been written in jest and should not have been posted or broadcast. We regret the error, which occurred because of fatigue and bad judgment, not malice.
Just a few questions Roger Ailes: How long was the article up, how many hits did it receive, and how could you be so blatantly, transparently partisan? Maybe this is what they mean by "Fair and Balanced." Even if done in jest, this is the work of the CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT at Fox News.

As Kos says: "If a network calls itself "fair and balanced", it shouldn't have a blatant anti-Kerry reporter on the beat."

And while we're at it, is THIS what passes for journalism at Fox News? Suddenly Bush is three inches taller.

What in God's name is going on over there? I think I know...

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