Friday, November 5, 2010

Fox "Experts"


Gotta love Fox News. Today they're running a story about Barack Obama's impending Trip to Asia. The front page blurb reads:

Bruised by Tuesday's election losses, President Obama heads to Asia today in an effort to improve U.S. trade relations — but experts say the trip probably won't benefit the American economy.
And who are these experts? Open up the article and those "experts" magically shrink down to one, Daniel Griswold, who works for the CATO instiute --not exactly a non-partisan source. And furthermore, Griswold does not actually make the claim that the trip "probably won't benefit the American ecnomy." In fact, nowhere in the body of the article is such a claim made by anyone, expert or not.

I've seen this sort of move from Fox before. My suspicion is that the propaganda ministers at Fox realize that many of their readers don't actually scan beyond the front-page blurb, so it's essential to trash the President there, even if the claims are unsupported in the body of the article itself. An added bonus is that it's not possible to create a permanent link to the front page blurb, so these are lies that won't live on for future fact checkers to reference.

1 comment:

skorpeo said...

the "best" part is the last entry after the chilly reception overseas, the jobless rate holding, and the stimulus destroying jobs, is asking "YOU" to decide if Obama's aura has faded.

i wonder if in the vast resources fox news has, if they bothered to mention the 151,000-some jobs that were CREATED? http://www.latimes.com/health/healthcare/la-fi-jobs-report-20101106,0,2544511.story