Fox "News" Caught Using Old Sarah Palin Footage For Palin's Current Book Tour Crowds by Think Progress (UPDATED)

These idiots just don't learn.

Think Progress caught Fox "news" using old footage to make crowds look bigger than they are...again. This time, it was for Sarah Palin's books tour crowds.

You would think after Jon Stewart Caught them doing this last week they'd be a little gun shy, but no. This is Fox "news" we're talking about.

This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett proudly announced that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book. Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.” But the pictures that the network chose to display on-air appeared to be old file footage of Palin rallies from the 2008 presidential campaign. Individuals in the crowd are seen holding McCain/Palin signs, and others are holding pom-poms and cheering wildly. “There’s a crowd of folks,” an enthused Jarrett observed, referring to the old footage.

Media Matters offers, More proof that Fox ran fake video of Palin's book-tour "crowds":
Here's a screenshot of the footage of one of the rallies that Fox's Gregg Jarrett showed today and claimed was "just coming into us" as part of the book tour:

And here's a photo posted last year by Florida TV station CFNews 13 of a November 1, 2008, Palin rally in Ocala, Florida:

And here's a video of that same rally that TPM posted way back in 2008 -- when it actually happened.

Here's my Jon Stewart post from last weeks:
Fox "News" & Sean Hannity Caught Using Beck's Protest Footage As Bachmann's by Jon Stewart (UPDATED w/ Hannity's Response):

Boing! Jon Stewart catches Fox News and Sean Hannity using old footage to make last weeks protest seem much bigger than it was. The file footage of the better-attended, Glenn Beck Sept. 12the Teabagger protest was substituted as if it were from the recent Michelle Bachmann event on the Capitol steps, attended by approximately 4,000. (John uses Politico's/WaPo's 10,000 figure, but that too was a made up figure.)

Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage

Sean Hannity uses footage of Glenn Beck's bigger protest to make the GOP's health care rally appear more heavily attended.


Well, bowl me over. I've never seen anything like this. Sean Hannity admitted on his show last night -- in an apology of sorts -- that Jon Stewart was right ( h/t 1man1vote):

As Media Matters pointed out last week, the "Hannity video switch-up is only the tip of Fox News' video-doctoring iceberg."
Fox News has history of deceptively using video to advance dubious storylines:
  • Fox News encouraged crowd to cheer during report on 9-12 rally.
  • Beck claimed G-20 protesters in Pittsburgh carried a hammer-and-sickle symbol, but image actually came from a California school's "Class of 2007" mosaic.
  • Fox News presented deceptively cropped six-month-old Biden clip as new.
Fox News has repeatedly used doctored video and photos to smear progressives:

Media Matters for America has documented numerous examples of Fox News hosts and correspondents cropping comments by progressives and Democratic political figures, and in one case, the appearance of New York Times reporters, in a manner that misrepresents them. For instance:

  • Ingraham used doctored video to smear Gore.
  • Goler reverses meaning of Obama quote to falsely suggest he supports European-style health care.
  • Hannity cropped comment to suggest Obama "blame[s] America."
  • Fox News cropped Obama quote on empathy.
  • Fox News aired altered photos of NY Times reporters.

read the details in each example....

Only the tip of the iceberg indeed.

Well, it seems Fox has responded to their latest caught-with-their-pants-down-journalism by claiming it was a ‘production error' and they promise ‘disciplinary action’ for those who made it (via think Progress as well):

Yesterday, ThinkProgress first reported that Fox News aired old file footage of Sarah Palin rallies to claim that she’s “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book.” Host Gregg Jarrett presented the video with commentary that suggested the footage was “just coming in.” (Watch it.) Media Matters noted that one of the scenes was from a Nov. 1, 2008 Palin rally in Florida. Crooks and Liars’ John Amato filed an FCC complaint for passing on “false information” to the public. By day’s end yesterday, Fox released this statement responding to the controversy:

“This was a production error in which the copy editor changed a script and didn’t alert the control room to update the video,” Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news at FOX, sad this evening. “There will be an on-air explanation during Happening Now on Thursday.”

Citing unnamed sources, The Swamp reports Fox is planning to take “serious disciplinary action” against those “responsible behind the scenes in the control room.”


Fox has now issued an on-air apology, but without any explanation of how it happened:

Fox News explained yesterday's incident to The Swamp (via TPM):
"This was a production error in which the copy editor changed a script and didn't alert the control room to update the video,'' Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news at FOX, sad this evening. "There will be an on-air explanation during Happening Now on Thursday."

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