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Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 9:19 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Remember when Jay Cutler got injured in the NFC Championship Game and everyone freaked out about him being tough? That was a big story in 2010. It's still -- for whatever reason -- kind of important.

Probably because it gets fans riled up. But that doesn't excuse FOX Sports creating fake newspaper headlines on Sunday to run as an on-screen graphic.

Per Jim Romenesko of Poynter, Fox announcer Daryl Johnston told viewers that "these are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago" as the following "newspaper clips" rolled across the screen:
  • Cutler Leaves With Injury
  • Cutler Lacks Courage
  • Cutler's No Leader
The Chicago Tribune saw this graphic, realized those seemed strange and "searched throughout Illinois newspapers for those headlines -- Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily Herald, every other paper in the state."

And guess what? They found no such headlines. So they asked FOX Sports about it, and FOX admitted that such newspaper headlines never existed.

"The wrong word was used,” said Dan Bell, Fox Sports spokesman. "Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game."

"It was misleading."

As Gregg Rosenthall points out at PFT, "misleading" is a bit of an understatement -- it's just, um, "lying." Or, at the very least, "purposely distorting the clear-cut truth."

The reality is that most Chicago-area papers defended Cutler following the NFC Championship Game -- it was NFL players (like, say Maurice Jones-Drew) who ripped Cutler publicly. Fox didn't have to look that hard to figure out a way to stir up some controversy with Bears fans.

And yet they did anyway, continuing an outstanding year for Rupert Murdoch-owned media properties.

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Comments

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:05 am
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

kitch-

slander is spoken.  libel is written.  if there is a case against fox, it is slander.  they did not WRITE them, they SPOKE them.  he has to prove that the words damaged his reputation.
Oh yeah?

Fox announcer Daryl Johnston told viewers that "these are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago" as the following "newspaper clips" rolled across the screen:
  • Cutler Leaves With Injury
  • Cutler Lacks Courage
  • Cutler's No Leader
The headlines were written and appeared on the screen, not spoken. QED, bitch!



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:53 am
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

You must be a republican.  Only a republican could get this upset about a story downing Fox News.  Just stating a fact, don't want hard feelings.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2011 7:15 am
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Come on guys...do you believe everything the talking heads tell us about sports? When I see it, I believe it...until then, it has no validity. Now, Fox Sports has done Bears QB Jay Cutler a great injustice...maybe Cutler should bring a law suit against the media giant. I love the rebuttal from Fox..."the wrong word was used"...really?

You can check most every sports story these days and find either an ommission or an inaccuracy. What does that tell us...this generation of sports journalists don't check their facts or proffread their own stuff.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: September 21, 2011 5:54 am
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Moose is a complete moron.....he see's a graphic and assumes that FOX is telling the truth....what a joke....nice to hear that Chicago was and is truly behind their quaterback....go Bears!



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Isn't everyone tired of politics polluting everything?
I think the more pertinent question is: Isn't anyone tired of the "news" lying to us?



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

What?! Fox fabricated a headline?! OMFG!!! It must be a day that ends with "y"!



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Who cares "fabricated", "slandered", or whatever symantecs.  The point is it is irresponsible.  People, myself included, often take what is printed or broadcast in the media as "gospel".  This was a flat out (admitted) lie. 



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

kitch-

slander is spoken.  libel is written.  if there is a case against fox, it is slander.  they did not WRITE them, they SPOKE them.  he has to prove that the words damaged his reputation. 



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Huh?
 



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Fabricated or not, it's still true.


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