Former Conservative Icon Fox News recently was forced by massive internet coverage (who watches the watchdog? You do.) to issue an apology for their recent anti-Ron Paul PROPAGANDA piece. There are as many videos out covering the atrocity as Newt Gingrich has campaign supporters.
But the apology, itself, does not pass the smell test. “An honest mistake,” they’re claiming. But:
- The “apology” compares footage of the real event and the fake one they broadcast that has been doctored to make it appear there was a big visual similarity. There was not, as anyone who watched both knows. The same announcer, but the background and camera distance and angle were different and what happened was different (but fixed for the apology). It was that DIFFERENCE, the deception they concocted, that became the theme of Fox Anchor Bill Hemmer’s interview with Paul, live.
- For the visual similarity to be the basis of a “mistake” would have required the editor composing the news piece to be choosing from “thumbnails” of Fox videos covering A YEARS WORTH OF NEWS BROADCASTS, ALL ON ONE SINGLE-VIEW MONITOR or,
- To have temporarily, only for this new story, forgotten what year this is. It is like a person claiming they missed their appointment with you because they were going by their daily appointment log from ONE YEAR AGO, but only for that appointment because, somehow, they made all their other appointments.
I don’t think anchor Bill Hemmer wrote the story or the apology. I think he read them. And I think the deer-in-the-headlights look on his face, his manifest embarrassment, is clear testimony that he knew he was spinning a bad coverup.
Fox cannot admit the truth.
They have let their bias against Ron Paul, based on their years of extensive cheerleading for the war in Iraq and his opposition to it, lead them to doctor the news. “Mistakes” they can recover from. Intentional, lying propaganda, by contrast, requires people to be fired. And the people in charge of this fake apology are the ones who would be fired. This is life or death for them.
But this level of Propaganda, masquerading as news has developed progressively at Fox, particularly as it concerns Ron Paul. Here is past Reagan Wing coverage:
And author Paul Joseph Watson compiled these additional examples of Fox lies and distortions to sabotage Ron Paul’s candidacy (HT to Sharon):
- Fox News claimed that their own May 2007 presidential poll, which Ron Paul won, was unreliable, because online Paul supporters had skewed the result, despite the fact that the survey was conducted via cell phone text messaging and no online votes were taken.
- Fox News host Sean Hannity derided the Texas Congressman’s runaway success in the text messaging poll as nothing more than “Paulites” flood voting, when in reality only one vote per cell phone number was allowed. Hannity’s contention that Ron Paul supporters were “were simply dialing in over and over again” was nothing more than a brazen lie intended to dismiss the Congressman’s widespread popularity. No one at Fox News bothered to correct Hannity and no retraction was issued.
- Fox News started editing Ron Paul’s name out of Associated Press stories they syndicated before the 2008 presidential campaign.
- Fox News denigrated the fact that Ron Paul received the most campaign donations from members of the U.S. military by attributing it to “libertarian mailing lists.”
- Fox News attempted to smear Ron Paul for having the audacity to appear on the Alex Jones Show and the nerve to merely converse with people who commit the thought crime of not completely trusting the official government version of 9/11. (“Big Tent,” indeed)
- Fox News rigged the structure of their entire May 2007 presidential debate and used it as a vehicle for all the other candidates to viciously attack Ron Paul, while Fox’s prescreened audience rapaciously applauded calls for torture and warmongering.
- Fox News directors conspired to censor Ron Paul supporters from appearing in camera shots during the Mackinac Republican Conference on September 22, 2007, when they were caught on film stating, “I don’t want these Ron Paul people, but I need shots of audience.”
- Fox News ignored a story every other news outlet was obliged to report, the record-breaking $4.2 million in campaign donations that Ron Paul achieved in a single day, while instead choosing to obsess about a man in Texas who sat in a bath tub full of snakes.
And it does not matter if you like or hate Ron Paul, you cannot tolerate this kind of corruption from a “news” source… or anyone you respect or call a friend. Fox News was the first break in the National Liberal Media Monopoly. They are too important. They simply must get this right. We need to see the propagandist(s) fired, if that is possible (if he/they isn’t hard-wired to executive management), or the network will (and should) fail. It may already have.