Fox and GOP: Time-Traveling Companions

Media Matters writer Eric H. Hananok notices (2/10/09) something fishy about an airing of the Fox News show Happening Now in which host Jon Scott introduced an overview of the government stimulus bill’s development thus: “We thought we’d take a look back at the bill, how it was born, and how it grew, and grew, and grew.” As Scott “referenced seven dates, as on-screen graphics cited various news sources,” Hananok astutely recognized the fact that they “were also contained in a February 10 press release issued by the Senate Republican Communications Center.” The clincher:

One on-screen graphic during the segment even repeated a typo from the GOP document, further confirming that Scott was simply reading from a Republican press release. The Fox News graphic and the GOP press release both claimed that a Wall Street Journal report that the stimulus package could reach “$775 billion over two years” was published on December 19, 2009.

But it’s already well-established that chronological time is but a minor obstacle in the path of corporate reporters bent on predetermining reality.