Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Fox Fiction Network

This is wild.

Fox Fiction Network not only spins the news, not only makes it up, not only is a propoganda outlet for one segment of the right wing fringe but when presented with facts from the horses mouth refuting their fiction they "take it under advisement." When presented with the subject of their fiction refuting their story they state their fiction is "well sourced."

In the last couple days Fox News reported that Paul Begala and Jame Carville were joining Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign in order to save it.

This was news to Carville and Begala. Carville was quoted as saying:

"Fox was, is and will continue to be an asinine and ignorant network."

Today at the Huffington Post Paul Begala tells the amazing tale of his exchange with Fox Fiction Repeater Major Garrett.

I've been dealing with the media and politics for 25 years, but I've never had a more surrealistic day than January 8. Several times that day Fox News reported that I was joining Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"Surreal" is right. Begala goes on to say...

After I told Fox it wasn't true -- and this is the surreal part -- they kept reporting it anyway. In fact, Fox's Garrett told me he'd "take it under advisement." Take it under advisement? I realize I'm generally seen as just another liberal with an opinion, but this was not a matter of opinion, it was a matter of fact. Fox now knew their story was flatly, factually wrong, and they took it "under advisement."

"Take it under advisement?" Fox Fiction then preceeded to amend their report to state that Begala and Carville had been on a strategy conference call for the Clinton campaign.

Ummm... whose "advisement" was that?

After this exchange Begala wonders...

My worry is that if this is what one of Fox's best and most respected reporters is doing, what are the hacks up to?

Well... for those of us that have been paying attention it is clear what the Fox Propoganda Network is up to.

The Fox Propoganda Network is a Public Relations outlet. Their job is to craft a story line. A narrative that sells a particular product. The product their clients want to sell to the American public. They are not alone in this in the traditional media world but they are far and away the most blatant example of out and out propoganda against the American people. "News" has nothing to do with it. "Fact" has nothing to do with it.

Fox Propoganda Network should be subject to the same truth-in-advertising laws as any other corporation trying to sell their snake oil to the public. Come to think of it they should be liable under "lemon laws" too.

Go read Begala's post. He appended a string of emails between he and Garrett that put the complete lie to any claims of credibility on Fox Fiction's part.

The pertinent snippets...

Begala to Garrett:

"... but whoever told you I am joining Hillary's campaign fed you some bum info. It's just not true. Or as I say to my boys, N.H.D. Not. Happening. Dude."

Garrett back to Begala:

"I will take it under advisement."

Begala back to Garrett:

"Just heard you say I was on a conference call with Hillary's campaign yesterday. That's not true. I was not on any conference call with Hillary's campaign - and have had no contact with her campaign for months. No one from her campaign has contacted me -- nor have I contacted them -- and I am not joining in any capacity, paid or unpaid, official or unofficial. I feel like that old Lorrie Morgan song, "What part of 'no' don't you understand?"

I can see how poor Major Garrett might be confused by Begala here. I mean, it's not like Paul was being direct, clear, and to the point here. He really needs to learn to remove ambiguity from his writing.

Garrett "not trying to screw" Begala:

"You also know, or should know, that I'm careful and don't have a reputation for pulling stories out of my ass.
I'm not now. The sourcing is strong, very strong, or I wouldn't go with it."

The... sourcing... is... strong... ?

Begala is the damn subject. How much stronger does a source get then the subject of the damn story himself? Garrett thinks there is a stronger source then Begala himself?

It might not have been Garrett's ass that this story came out of but it sure was someone's and clearly not Begala's or Carville's.

The good news is that Fox has been losing audience for awhile. Even better is that their screw-up locking Ron Paul out of their Fox controlled Republican debates has shown a segment of the Republican audience what the rest of us have known for quite awhile now.

Fox is a propoganda network for a small corporate controlled segment of the right wing of the republican party. Period.

Check out this video at Brave New Films of Ron Paul Republicans going after Sean Hannity with pitchforks and torches.

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