U P D A T E D,
T W I C E
fox news has now made, in
my view, a fair correction
[with a h/t to TPM for both!]
june 6, 2007 — 4 p.m.
june 5, 2007 — 3 p.m.
while fox offered a half-
hearted correction — it
did not apologize to rep.
conyers, nor acknowlege that
he was depicted as an indicted,
allegedly-corrupt, congressman. . .
so — rep. conyers had this
to say about it, this afternoon:
Yesterday, Fox News Channel broke the story of Rep. William Jefferson’s indictment with video of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers greeting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at a recent Judiciary Committee hearing. The network apologized on-air for airing the wrong video; however, they did not personally apologize to Mr. Conyers or describe the video they aired the previous day. Chairman Conyers responded today:
“Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network’s complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology.”
— House Judiciary Committee
Chairman John Conyers, Jr.
june 4, 2007 — 8 p.m.
josh marshall at talkingpointsmemo
has a disgusting fox-news-ism on the
below story — for a while this after-
noon, fox news was running extended
file footage of rep. john conyers, yes,
the sitting chair of the house judiciary
committee, NOT WILLIAM JEFFERSON, as the
b-roll behind their indictment story.
yeah — i know — they “all look alike“,
to those fox news political editors, right?
this is outrageous. in fact — take
a look for yourself — i just noticed
that josh’s piece is a youtube (share-
friendly) shockwave flash load-able:
or hit this link. . .
in case you were unable to see it,
the piece of tape chosen for the b-roll
was particularly ironic, and egregious,
since it featured — for perhaps 19 full
seconds — rep. conyers greeting one alberto
gonzales, in the judiciary committee hearing
room, whilst a pink sign captioned “RESIGN“
floated overhead, in the gallery. . . yes, the
footage was from GONZALES’ hearing — and the
sign was a request for gonzales to resign, not
rep.-conyers-cum-rep.-jefferson. . . as of
9:53 p.m. eastern, no correction has appeared
on the fox news website. . .
i’ve offered some input to:
perhaps you’d like to do the same. . .
i’ve also let rep. conyers’ staff
know — i hope they press for a public
apology, and a prominent correction. . .
so — now, i don’t think i’ll offer
anything more than the facing sheet
summary of the jefferson indictment [click
to view full-size image] — though i
do believe in just “calling balls
and strikes” on public corruption: