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What does Fox News do when a Republican strays away from talking points? Pretends they are Democrats.

Posted by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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Habitually Mislabeling Politicians 06/24/2009

After the laughable labeling of disgraced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford as a Democrat, Intershame thought we'd look back at the other times Fox News has mistakenly mislabeled Republicans. Note what each mislabeled politician was going through when Fox News wrongly identified them as Democrats. It's these details that make it hard to believe this is coincidence.

Let's start with the most recent and work our way down.


Who: Mark Sanford
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Just admitted to an extramarital affair after having disappeared without a word over Father's Day weekend.
When: June, 2009




Who: John McCain
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Campaigning for the Republican nomination for President of United States, one month before he wrapped up the nomination. McCain was considered too centrist by many in the Republican party.
When: February, 2008




Who: Arlen Specter1
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Grilling Bush Attorney General appointee Alberto Gonzales during hearings over the dismissals of eight U.S. attorneys.
When: July, 2007




Who: Mark Foley
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Involved in a sex scandal which forced him to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives.
When: October, 2006




Who: Lincoln Chafee
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Trailing his Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse by 11 points during the Rhode Island elections for U.S. Senator. Chafee was labeled by National Journal as the most liberal Republican in the U.S. Senate.
When: October, 2006



Fox News producers either time their screw-ups with uncanny precision, or something more is going on here.

**UPDATE!** - A reader alerted us to a couple omissions. Here they are:

Who: Pat Toomey
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Recently announced he was a Republican primary candidate in 2010 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania. If nominated he would run against newly converted Democrat Arlen Specter for his seat.
When: May, 2009




Who: Ted Stevens
What was going on when he was mislabeled: Stevens was just found guilty of violating provisions of the Ethics in Government Act.
When: October, 2008

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candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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Reminds me of the 2004 election jwhen President Bush won against John Kerry.   Dan Rather refused to call it, as far as I remember he never did.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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Quoting candlegal:

Reminds me of the 2004 election jwhen President Bush won against John Kerry.   Dan Rather refused to call it, as far as I remember he never did.


This seems nothing like what is posted up there. There is a huge difference between not calling an election because of hurt pride and directly lying to your audience because you don't want to admit Republicans can do wrong or differ in opinion so you (Not you) pretend they are democrats.

The equivalent to this would be someone not liking what a Democrat is saying/doing so they lie to their audience, and pretend they are Republicans.

And speaking of lying. This is direct proof that Fox News lies (Not that there is a rarity of proof for that). Does that mean you are going to now discredit anything Fox News says and does in the future like you would if they were democratic?

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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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How is this even remotely related to Faux news mislabeling the affiliation of politicians.

Quoting candlegal:

Reminds me of the 2004 election jwhen President Bush won against John Kerry.   Dan Rather refused to call it, as far as I remember he never did.


 

katy_kay08
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quoting candlegal:

Reminds me of the 2004 election jwhen President Bush won against John Kerry.   Dan Rather refused to call it, as far as I remember he never did.


This seems nothing like what is posted up there. There is a huge difference between not calling an election because of hurt pride and directly lying to your audience because you don't want to admit Republicans can do wrong or differ in opinion so you (Not you) pretend they are democrats.

The equivalent to this would be someone not liking what a Democrat is saying/doing so they lie to their audience, and pretend they are Republicans.

And speaking of lying. This is direct proof that Fox News lies (Not that there is a rarity of proof for that). Does that mean you are going to now discredit anything Fox News says and does in the future like you would if they were democratic?

She was just trying to distract and take away from the post.  I would just ignore her attempts at taking it off topic.  

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

rolling on floor

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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oh please.   How many times has all the left leaning stations been caught leaving words out of a quote to make a republican look bad?

Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quoting candlegal:

Reminds me of the 2004 election jwhen President Bush won against John Kerry.   Dan Rather refused to call it, as far as I remember he never did.


This seems nothing like what is posted up there. There is a huge difference between not calling an election because of hurt pride and directly lying to your audience because you don't want to admit Republicans can do wrong or differ in opinion so you (Not you) pretend they are democrats.

The equivalent to this would be someone not liking what a Democrat is saying/doing so they lie to their audience, and pretend they are Republicans.

And speaking of lying. This is direct proof that Fox News lies (Not that there is a rarity of proof for that). Does that mean you are going to now discredit anything Fox News says and does in the future like you would if they were democratic?


brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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Again. There is a HUGE difference between taking a quote out of context and out right lying and changing the facts all together.

Misquoting someone is bad when anyone does it. And while shady (and pointless) it is still vastly different than out right lying and making up your own facts as you go.

And speaking of lying. This is direct proof that Fox News lies (Not that there is a rarity of proof for that). Does that mean you are going to now discredit anything Fox News says and does in the future like you would if they were democratic?

I noticed you didn't answer that question^

Quoting candlegal:

oh please.   How many times has all the left leaning stations been caught leaving words out of a quote to make a republican look bad?

Quoting brookiecookie87:


Quoting candlegal:

Reminds me of the 2004 election jwhen President Bush won against John Kerry.   Dan Rather refused to call it, as far as I remember he never did.


This seems nothing like what is posted up there. There is a huge difference between not calling an election because of hurt pride and directly lying to your audience because you don't want to admit Republicans can do wrong or differ in opinion so you (Not you) pretend they are democrats.

The equivalent to this would be someone not liking what a Democrat is saying/doing so they lie to their audience, and pretend they are Republicans.

And speaking of lying. This is direct proof that Fox News lies (Not that there is a rarity of proof for that). Does that mean you are going to now discredit anything Fox News says and does in the future like you would if they were democratic?




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Raintree
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I was constantly having to correct my grandpa, who watched foxnews almost constantly and thought this sort of thing was true. Particularly the Sanford thing.

"He's a democrat! They don't have any values!"

"No, Grandpa. He's a republican. Fox News mislabled it."

It took me looking it up elsewhere for him to believe me.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

How frequently do the mislabel democrats as republicans, and under what circumstances?

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM



Quoting Clairwil:

How frequently do the mislabel democrats as republicans, and under what circumstances?


I tried to find a situation where that happens and I couldn't.

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