FOX News Uses Fake Headlines for Story

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

When covering the Chicago Bears game that was on Sep. 11, 2011, Fox News lied about newspaper headlines about quarterback Jay Cutler.

Referring to the knee injury Cutler received in a game during the playoffs last year, the headlines that were displayed during the segment were, “Cutler Lacks Courage” and “Cutler’s No Leader.”

FOX announcer Daryl Johnston said during the segment, “These are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago.” These headlines make it seem like the newspapers in Chicago are being too tough on their quarterback. The only problem is these headlines never existed.

While apologizing about the headline incident, FOX sports came clean and said that they made the headlines up about Cutler and said, “It was misleading.” The fake newspaper headlines going across the screen are misleading, yes, but to say that they were actual newspaper headlines from Chicago newspapers is a lie since they never were.

This is not the first time FOX has been caught saying something that never happened, has a list of a lot of these. And still FOX remains as the most watched cable news channel, even with all of these reported lies.

Does this mean people like to hear what they agree with, even if it isn’t true? Whatever the reason, dishonesty doesn’t seem to bother FOX much, or their viewers.

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Jessalyn Holdcraft September 27, 2011 at 9:09 PM  

This is one of the reasons that the public doesn't trust the press. Even though sports aren't hard-hitting news stories, journalists should always check their facts. FOX News may be the most popular, but it is not the most accurate.

Ben Rodgers September 28, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

With how much Fox News lies like this it's surprising so many people still watch it. I know I would want my news from a reliable source that isn't making stories up.

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