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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 5, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Has anyone considered that Daryl Johnston was just supposed to say these were "not" the actual headlines, or something similar at least, and simply
made a mistake?  And maybe not, but that this sort of "network on network" thing is not interesting in any way.  We're here to read about and discuss the National Football League and not about which network covered it better or said what about who.  We're here already, now keep us here by giving us good information and fodder for debate.  Blog about this sort of garbage and people will stop reading, and soon.  Just stick to football.  Please.



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Cutler will have his opportunity to avenge his reputation next weekend as the Packers come to Chicago. Already banged up after getting throttled by the Saints, he may have to duplicate Tony Romo's feat of playing with a cracked ribs just to stay in the game. As far as all the BS with CBS pointing fingers at FOX for pre-game hype; Isn't everyone tired of politics polluting everything? Do we have to put up with politics in our entertainment as well? In football, it's put up or shut up time every week. With Chicago's schedule, nobody will need network hype to figure out whether Cutler can cut it.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Hey TB, Fox did this last week about last year.  I'm a huge fan of Fox, but the "Courage" headline is way outta line. 



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

What a complete joke, Fox Sports should be stripped of their NFL / tv contract, this is un-excuseable and completely idiotic, Jay's sour puss face drives me nuts too but after I think about it maybe we should all be yelling @ that million dollar men up front, why can't they do their job? Probably the same reason why Fox can't do theirs, they do not know how, so Fox before talking smack about how someone approaches their job everyday why don't you look in the mirror, maybe everytime you post some BS we can line you up behind this offensive line, say hike & see how well you come out of it, Fox and Moose Johnston, recipe for disaster, one prints dumb stuf & one actually believes it and repeats it on air, WOW! At least I know if I am ever out of work I definitely have a job if I need one, BEAR DOWN JAY JAY! 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Cutler has an easy slander suit if he decides to pursue.
Pretty sure it'd be a libel suit, not slander.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Yeah, Fox actually did this recently. Maybe get your facts straight before you clamor so hard to defend Rupert Murdoch.



Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

What a non-story. Isnt it ironic that CBS is making a big deal about something fox did last year. I do believe that wether or not the headlines came from an actual paper, the sentiment they represented was true. I cant believe anyone took the time to report this. Oh, and to those fox news bashers who couldnt wait to pounce on this one. Get a life.



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

FOX dishonest?
Say it ain't so.
I demand FOX get the real truth by polling those exiting the FOX Clown Car.



Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Good to see that Fox sports is following right along with Fox News.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

I'm surprised they didn't blame the "Islamists" or the "Evil far left of our nation" like they do for everything else that they make up.  I hate that channel so much, if they didn't have the NFL I would only have to watch clips of them as other people show their hypocrisy.


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