Class Notes 11/30/2015
Lying To Tell A Story
Ken Dilanian was caught lying about being an objective journalist when he was in fact working for the CIA and editing his stories based on their desires. In one of the many cases that led to his firing from The Los Angeles Times, he even pretended only a single terrorist was killed in an American drone attack when others confirmed that up to 20 likely purely innocent rescuers, were killed in that attack.
Fox and Friends host Anna Kooiman was caught lying in 2013 when she claimed President Obama “has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim.” As more fact-loving journalists soon reported, this was 1000000% untrue, forcing Kooiman to apologize publicly for the fiction.
Source: The Los Angeles Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward famously caught Richard Nixon and uncovered the Watergate scandal, but the reporter himself was caught lying in 2013 about “threats” from Obama’s economic adviser Gene Sperling. The lie damaged Woodward’s reputation and led Conan O’Brien to joke at that year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, “A waiter asked Bob Woodward if he wanted regular or decaf, and Woodward said ‘Stop threatening me!'”
According to every objective news source, Carlson’s claim that “more children died last year drowning in their bathtubs than were killed accidentally by guns” was a complete and total lie, leading it to make The Daily Show’s Vine video, “50 Fox News Lies in 6 Seconds.”
***”GannonGate” was the name given to the deceptive journalism of James Guckert, who was pretending to be a White House reporter named Jeff Gannon. In addition to his claim of being a journalist (citing his experience as a high school journalist), Gannon railed against John Kerry’s “pro-gay agenda” when he turned out to be gay himself (a gay prostitute, in fact!).
Source: Vanity Fair
MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski is Joe Scarborough’s right hand woman on Morning Joe, the show on which Brzezinski was caught lying about Super Bowl Sunday having “the highest rate of domestic violence” all year. The media called out Mika, one of their own, for perpetuating the lie (it’s usually New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July).
Source: New Republic