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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ever wonder why people don't trust Fox News?

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Michael Sanborn said...

Happens on MSNBC. Happens on CNN. Happens on NBC, CBS and ABC.

And, in CBS's case, if they can't find the footage or documents to support their reports, they forge them.

Does that justify Fox News doing it? No. The proper response is to not trust any of them – including Fox News.

Bill Fleming said...

Really? I don't recall seeing anything quite so over the top as this from the other networks, Michael. Got any examples?

Michael Sanborn said...

It's a common practice to use file footage. Honest reporters label it as such. But it is not unusual for it to appear without such attribution. Specific examples, nope.

Specific examples where the talking heads actually describe footage that was taken months earlier as if it was taken yesterday, I don't have, but it happens. It's probably uncommon. It is definately unethical.

It was an uncommon catch by the other networks, because they're at war and watching every move now, to try to justify Obama's war on Fox. Similar examples will surface from the other networks, I've no doubt.

Maybe it will keep them all more honest, if that's possible. In Glen Beck's case, I don't think it's possible.

None of them can be trusted on any level.