Saturday, October 02, 2004

Fox gets caught lying

Its one thing to know that 'Fox journalism' is a Foxymoron, another to actually catch them in the act of blatantly making up Kerry quotes as blogger Josh Marshall did yesterday.

Following Bush's incompetent attempt to debate, Fox seems to have found themselves short of anything they could even twist into a pro-Bush story so Fox's so-called "Chief Political Correspondent" Carl Cameron decided to put a few words into Kerry's mouth:

"Women should like me! I do manicures."

"Didn't my nails and cuticles look great? What a good debate!"

"I'm metrosexual — [Bush's] a cowboy."

Marshall phoned Fox and the article was abruptly pulled from their site. It was subsequently reposted minus the fictional quotes. A Fox spokesman told him:

“Carl [Cameron] made a stupid mistake which he regrets. And he has been reprimanded for his lapse in judgment. It was a poor attempt at humor.”

Here is a screen shot of the original Fox page courtesy of Skippy, so you can judge for yourself whether the fictional comments are presented as the lie they are.

Read a blow by blow account at Josh Marshall's blog Talking Points Memo.

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