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Annals Of Media Stupidity: Wisconsin Protests Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2011

A by no means complete listing of media atrocities concerning the protests in Wisconsin:

Sally Jo Sorensen shares with a piece from Rusty Lear, a fellow who grew up on a Wisconsin farm with horses, explaining how his horse sense, coupled with his knowledge of the area plant life and climate, helped him determine that the footage of rioting people being dispersed from a palm-tree-decorated area by mounted cops could not have been taken in Madison during the ongoing protests as FOX claimed it was. (Seems that the Madison police force has four (4) horses, none of which look like the horse in the video.)

— Speaking of horse sense and the GOP/Media Complex’s near-complete lack thereof, Abe Sauer of The Awl addresses several instances of media malpractice: The Paunch Punking, CNN’s weird refusal to cover any groups of marchers that might undermine the corporate-advertiser-pleasing anti-union storyline, and the fact that A.G. “Paunch” Sulzberger was sent by the New York Times to Madison when their best labor reporter, Steven Greenhouse, was already there.

Media Matters focuses on the worst media offender, FOX, with a comprehensive run-down of its offenses against journalism on this story.

2 Responses to “Annals Of Media Stupidity: Wisconsin Protests Edition”

  1. Charles II said

    There’s a simple explanation for why the FOX News footage of violent protesters in Madison shows palm trees in the background and a police horse that isn’t among those owned by the Madison PD: the film was shot 75 years in the future.

    Lord, FOX viewers are stupid.

  2. Charles II said

    Now here’s one I didn’t expect: “Hannity, Limbaugh and O’Reilly Are AFL-CIO Union-Affiliated Members” (via Spirit Lady Artist in a comment at FOK News).

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