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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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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:40 pm

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

FOX News or Sports lied or mislead people?  That never ever happens!  It is just evil satanic communistic CBS watching/reading liberal wing nuts trying to besmirch the only true shining light of golden truth in our land. How dare them progressives do things like use facts and research to point out that FOX may have misspoke. People have to understand that FOX stands for the greater good of the top 1% wealth earners out there, which includes sports figures that are not in unions. Don't forget Unions are the devil because they dare to give political funds to groups that do not support the top 1% wealth earners. so remember there is the Truth and its spelled Faux.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:39 pm

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

That was so stupid for Fox Sports to do that and now I'm more convice that Murdoch knew about the phone tapping scandal in the UK. I think he instruct his newpapers and tv networks to come up with anything possible to sell news. Unbelievable.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:14 pm

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Put that old arse in jail for a few months along with his son. That might give him a reality check.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:09 pm

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Un-freaking-believeable.  You can always count on a Rupert Murdoch media source to provide you with THEIR version on the truth, without ever letting small things like FACTS get in the way...

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 2:54 pm

Fox Sports fabricated headlines for Cutler piece

Cutler has an easy slander suit if he decides to pursue.

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