A recent video circling You Tube provides yet the most recent example of deceptive journalism.
As FOX news broadcaster Bill Hemmer introduced the winner of the 2011 CPAC straw poll on the air he decided to play a clip of the CPAC announcement while playing up supposed poor support for Ron Paul that included nearly half the audience or more booing his victory.
The only problem was that instead of playing clips from the 2011 CPAC announcement, FOX played on air the 2010 announcement, a year Ron Paul also won, but where the audience was filled with Mitt Romney supporters who were clearly not pleased with Ron Paul’s victory.
Actual footage of the 2011 CPAC winner announcement clearly shows the room was full of support for Ron Paul as scarcely any negative reactions could be heard over the very loud applause and cheers of Ron Paul supporters.
Shamelessly, Bill Hemmer goes on to introduce Ron Paul and as the interview winds down, asks him humorously if he got the name of the people who booed him in the audience while laughing.
This clearly begs to ask, why would FOX go out of its way to dig up old CPAC footage and pass it off as current?
In the wake of recent Media Matters accusations regarding a former FOX insider claiming that FOX is nothing but a tool for the establishment GOP, broadcasting blatant lies and deception to minimize the support for a likely 2012 Presidential candidate that clearly the establishment GOP does not like, lends further evidence to the Media Matters accusations.
Now we wait to see how Bill O’Reilly will play this off just as he mocked the accusations from Media Matters and mocked Ron Paul’s chances of winning in 2012. Laughing and sarcasm will only get you so far. Perhaps the real joke is in the FOX slogan “Fair and Balanced”.