In a new low even for Fox News, they have begun airing parody stories as if they were a real event. Fox News (aka Faux News), widely known for it's
unapologetic misquoting, fabrication of facts, and displaying of wrong information to accompany news stories, is now adding "reporting fake news like
real news" to the list. After an Onion
esque parody paper called "Associated Content" ran
this fake news story
about the response to a a
ham-sandwich prank against some Muslim students, Fox took up the banner and broadcast it as actual news, despite a bold-font-all-caps warning in the
first line of the article that "THIS IS NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS STORY. IT IS A PARODY".
The only thing that makes me sicker than Faux News is that some people watch and believe it. I'm honestly not sure how they manage to get away with
it, as by now you'd think there were so many libel suits against them they'd go out of business. But if a tabloid rag like the National Enquiror can
stay in business, so can its television equivolent. I wonder how long before Fox starts airing segments on Bat Boy?
Previous examples of Fox's lack of any journalistic credibility, integrity, or honesty, include
smearing Senator Obama(D) as a Muslim extremist
, and constantly misquoting him,
such as when they snipped off the first few lines of "I think that nobody wants to play chicken with our troops on the ground." to read as
"(picture of Obama)...wants to play chicken with our troops" (read about that
). Fox News CEO Roger Ailes even
called Obama Osama
and later the same mistake was made in news broadcasts.
This distasteful and repeatedly unethical behaviour from Fox News is a blight upon the news, undermines the ability of the people to govern a
democracy, and as far as I can tell, is actually in violation of the FCC's code of conduct for programs that refer to themselves as "News". How
they are allowed to refer to themselves as such is beyond me.
(visit the link for the full news article)
(edit: fixing links again)
[edit on 4/27/2007 by thelibra]