Fair and Balanced . . . and Staged? Fox Producer Found Rallying 9/12 Protesters

Fox News has announced that it has punished a producer who is captured on this video rallying crowds in a 9/12 protest. According to Huffington Post, the employee is Fox News producer Heidi Noonan.

Here is the clip from Fox on the make-up of the crowd:

It is not clear whether Fox is equally concerned over the rallying conduct of the reporter.

This involvement of journalists in protests has occurred on the left as well as the right, here. Other reporters succeed in being both drunk as well as biased, here.

For the story, click here.

35 thoughts on “Fair and Balanced . . . and Staged? Fox Producer Found Rallying 9/12 Protesters”

  1. This is an interesting insight from Gleen Greenwald’s column below.

    The most striking way we can see that the left as well as the right is currently being manipulated by our govt is the fact that the left stays largely quiescent when the same actions they loudly protested under Bush are upheld/continued and even expanded under Obama. Logically, this makes no sense. In order for the left wing to remain so silent over things that previously they believed were deeply wrong, must be in large part, the result of sucessful obfuscation by the govt.

    “… {a} completely different dichotomy that is growing in importance: between system insiders and their admirers (those who believe our national political establishment and its elites are basically sound and good) and system outsiders (those whose anger is confined not to one of the two political parties but who instead believe that the political culture itself is fundamentally corrupted and destructive). There are people typically identified as members of either the conventional Right or Left who are, in fact, more accurately described as being in this latter group: those disenchanted with the political culture itself. Anger over the Wall Street bailout and corporate excesses was one example where that trans-partisan disenchantment was evident. The railing by Beck quoted in Rich’s paragraph reflects the same thing. And that trans-partisan rage is clearly playing an important role in driving these protest movements.”

  2. “If Sarah P makes her remarks in public she will “…have to adjust her remarks.”

    thanks for mentioning that and I agree with your comments. The most amazing thing to me about the whole “Palin Team” is how stupid and inept they are. I bet nobody there realizes the import of what they were stating.

  3. Re: Chomsky and Republicans v Democrats

    The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference. – Ralph Nader

  4. CCD, Jill and Rafflaw,

    Thank you for your comments regarding Chomsky.

    Although I don’t endorse Chomsky’s broadest world views I admire the ease with which he sees through the false choices in our political and media system and his criticism of abusive US foreign policy.

    One wonders if Americans can ever see themselves as the world sees them… or if we are permanently hypnotized by a kind of narcissism? The media and educational system make thoughtful independent thinkers the exception. The Internet seems to be an opposing force to these indoctrination processes, and I expect it will one day be under very deep threat by government.

    Some related quotes From Chomsky:

    “Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.”

    “Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.”

    True. And True.

  5. How old is Chomsky now? Hell, I read him when I was in college and I just skipped my 40th high school reunion. He has to be pushing 90. Good stuff back in the 60’s and he is still taking no prisoners.

  6. From the EFF, yet another example of how we are heavily manipulated:

    “EFF Updates

    * RIAA Asks Schoolkids to Assist with Propaganda
    Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
    announced an update to Music Rules!, its flagship “curriculum” for
    teaching copyright law to schoolkids. We wrote about Music Rules! and
    similar industry propaganda efforts in May, outlining some of their
    falsehoods and biases. For instance, the RIAA tells kids, “Never
    copy someone else’s creative work without permission from the
    copyright holder” — omitting the important right to make
    creative fair use of existing content. It also coins a misleading
    term, “songlifting,” which the curriculum says is “just as bad as
    shoplifting”. The updated curriculum goes even further and asks kids
    to contact their local media and act as the RIAA’s own unpaid public
    relations staff.”

  7. populus vult decipi; decipiatur

    Honeymooner Translation:

    Ed Norton: “Hey Ralph, mind if I smoke?”

    Ralph Cramden: “I don’t care if ya burn.”

  8. Jill,

    I’ll give you a dollar if you can find any connection between the 9/11 Authorization for use of force and our presence in Afghanistan at this moment.

  9. If it weren’t for propaganda ‘they’ wouldn’t even talk to ‘us’ at all. The duplicity is not even concealed anymore:


    If Sarah P makes her remarks in public she will “…have to adjust her remarks.” so her speech to the foreign elite will bar reporters. It kind of makes you feel good to know there are two speeches, one for the ruling class and one for the little people. Of course the Bilderberg group operates the same way: one might wonder what went on behind those closed doors and weather or not our current economic policy (a continuation of GB’s in major part) is an outgrowth thereof.

  10. And this from Glenn Greenwald;

    “Advocates of escalation in Afghanistan chose Bob Woodward to “reprise his role as warmonger hagiagropher” by publishing Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s “confidential” memo to the President arguing for increased troops. As Digby notes, the vague case for continuing to occupy that country is virtually identical to every instance where America’s war-loving Foreign Policy Community advocates the need for new and continued wars.”

    “The ship of state leaks from the top.”

  11. puzzling,

    Ditto to CCD. Group on group hatred is always the work of the elite. They benefit. We lose.

  12. JT:
    Thank you for your generosity, creating this class room on a daily basis. It’s magnetic, attracting terrific people who brilliantly convey and explain a slice of our shared reality.

    Thank you for the insightful Noam Chomsky interview.

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