Free speech does not include the right to intentionally deceive or mislead the American public; but that’s precisely what Fox News does every day. If the news doesn’t fit into their narrative, they will actually change the news story to fit. Case in point:
By the way he delivers it, and the look on his face, it’s as though Hannity is setting up a joke; but this is *no* joke. These ‘entertainment’ and indoctrination tactics are being used on a “news” network, disguised as news and political commentary, meant to influence the American public so they think a certain way, and ultimately vote a certain way. It undermines the very fabric of a democracy.
This type of intentionally deceitful editing & reporting should not be tolerated. I can’t believe this shit is even on TV in this country, much less on a network that boasts its ‘Fair and Balanced’ reporting – AND that is apparently considered the most trusted news organization in America. [Note: Just because it's perceived to be the most trusted doesn't actually give it any credibility. That's the equivalent of saying Katy Perry is the most talented musician in the US because she has the #1 selling single right now. Popularity does not equate to quality or integrity! News should not be a popularity contest.]
While other networks may not be perfect, and some may even use some of the same tactics to support their own narrative, none are even close to as intentionally deceitful as Fox News. Their daily coverage of what’s happening in our country and around the world is filled with clips just like this one, taken out of context to willfully deceive and mislead the American public, in order to support, their narrative at any cost. Their primary goal is not simply to get the news out to the country, as they’d have you believe; Their primary goal is to indoctrinate you in their own beliefs, regardless of the truth or the ‘real’ news. Every one of their shows, all day and night, is meant to shape your mind, rather than to give you the facts and let you make your own conclusions. They don’t *want* you to think! They want you to be entertained & brainwashed, all the while having you believe you’re getting the real news.
Complete Fox News Segment:
There’s a good discussion going on here:
If, even after viewing clips like this one, you continue to watch Fox News, you need to realize that you are willfully taking part in the deceit of America. You are being used as a puppet, to vote the way they want you to vote.
Credit to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for uncovering this clip. I would have simply used the clip from the show, but since Viacom doesn’t allow small custom clips to be embedded, I had to make my own. The clip from Sean Hannity’s show is covered under Fair Use for Political Commentary, just as it was when it was ripped from Sean Hannity’s show for The Daily Show. Here’s the whole clip:
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On one occasion in the past, Sean Hannity apologized to Jon Stewart after being called out on one of his bullshit reports:
Apparently that one smug apology nearly a year ago was meant to make up for all of the *future* ‘inadvertent mistakes’ like cutting up clips of the President’s speeches and presenting them completely out of context.
There is an *excellent* commentary at desmogblog.com in reference to climate change reporting, but it applies very well to the much broader issue of deceitful news reporting. Here are a few excerpts:
“Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed.” … “There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.”
“Although all public relations professionals are bound by a duty to not knowingly mislead the public, some have executed comprehensive campaigns of misinformation on behalf of industry clients on issues ranging from tobacco and asbestos to seat belts.”