Opinion: Fox News rolls wrong video of Palin ‘crowds.’ Will heads roll too?
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A few weeks ago, Fox News had the White House on the defensive. Network anchors were scoring political points by ridiculing President Obama for ignoring the largest news cable audience in television. Glenn Beck pounded green-jobs czar Van Jones, who eventually resigned.
Today, it’s Fox News that’s on the defensive, after anchor Gregg Jarrett waxed on about the crowds former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had been getting on her book tour. Except it turned out the footage Fox was using at the time was from the 2008 campaign.
Fox executives, embarrassed by the flap, are considering ‘serious disciplinary action’ against someone in the control room, according to our friends at the Swamp.
Last week, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart called out Fox’s Sean Hannity for running video of a huge tea party protest in Washington last September -- as he was discussing a rally by the same causes outside the Capitol this month -- where far fewer protesters showed up.
Hannity apologized on air for what he called an inadvertent error.
-- Johanna Neuman
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