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Fox News's Sean Hannity Caught Falsifying Footage

Jon Stewart Catches Sean Hannity Falsifying Footage To Make GOP Protest Appear Bigger (VIDEO)

The tea party protests continued last week, as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann held an anti-health-care-reform rally on the steps of the Capitol. While she estimated that 20,000-45,000 people attended the event, the Washington Post reported it was actually more like 10,000.

Still, that is a sizable number of Americans exercising their right to free speech and assembly, and that warrants news coverage. But Sean Hannity and his team did more than cover the event. They not only inflated the number in attendance with their words, but actually used footage from a heavily-attended protest this summer to make this health care rally appear more popular. Hannity even pointed out that this was a huge crowd for a Thursday, when the protest footage they used was from a Saturday.

Jon Stewart and his team caught this discrepancy and ran with it, pointing out neither the color of the leaves nor sky in the tacked-on video matched that of the actual footage. They went on to mock Fox by adding more video to the interview, this time from Woodstock and the movie "300."

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manufactured and discredited dissent

i hate to say this but i think, there is a subtext going on here----that those opposing obamas healthcare bill are being discredited---and the lackeys willing to look bad "for the team" is hannity and his show.

its TOO OBVIOUS a falsification to go unnoticed,and the target of course,are those people against the healthcare bill. jeez.

you guys are "sticking it to the man" and "the man" is playing dirty as always. good luck

The DP's newest sleeper cell speaks again

see if you can spot the sleeping pill among these comments

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

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And what should we do with the sleeper cell

now that it has been identified?

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Good Morning Michael

We have several active ones. I think it best to allow them to ply their trade while highlighting what they are doing, sometimes bluntly, sometimes subtly.

They make a good object lesson for all of us to improve our identification skills and as a frequent reminder that such things do occur. Any guess whether this one is a idealogical freelancer or disinterested mercenary?

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

PS a Scroogle Scraper Search

of the DP handle (not in) question returns some interesting info.

Also, I have some reasons to believe this one could be either a cohort or sock puppet of another here but that is as yet unclear. If that does turn out to be true, many would be quite shocked to know the identity of the other one.

"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

Ignoring is best.. but it seems many on DP

enjoy the spectacle of a public flogging!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

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More diversion for the masses,

meanwhile all major news media spend most of their time falsifying the news to glorify their government masters and cover up the real news of corruption, mass murder, waste, collusion, incompetence, etc.

I bet it's an accident.

If you're going to deceive someone, you wouldn't make it so obvious. You'd have to be really stupid to think that someone wouldn't catch this. But I guess it's possible some naive technician in the editing room could have spliced it in thinking he could trick everyone.

By the way I believe Stewart has done some manipulative editing in the past too.

An accident?

Being that it was 'understandable' to you why Glenn Beck labeled Ron Paul supporters as 'domestic terrorists', I'm not surprised that you would see this as an accident.


The Daily Show is political satire (you may have to look up what that means). All they do is manipulative editing - because that makes things funny.

Why you are defending the likes of Neo-Communist Hannity is beyond me. It is pure propaganda as FOX and MSNBC and CNN always do, and do it well. If Stewart's writers hadn't done it - trust me the morons who actually watch FOX News would never have known.

"We are the inheritors of the American Enlightenment, which tells us that Individual Liberty always trumps collectivism in all forms."

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

It isn't obvious to the

It isn't obvious to the morons watching Faux news in general and Hannity in particular.

Ventura 2012

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Here's more from MediaMatters...

They cover Hannity and Beck


On his Fox News show, Sean Hannity misleadingly aired video from the 9-12 March on Washington while discussing Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) much smaller November 5 anti-health care reform rally to claim that "twenty-thousand plus" people showed up to Bachmann's protest. Hannity's video switch-up -- which Jon Stewart highlighted on The Daily Show -- is just the latest example of Fox News hosts' extensive history of deceptively using video and photos to advance a false or misleading story line.
Beck claimed G-20 protesters in Pittsburgh carried a hammer-and-sickle symbol, but image actually came from a California school's "Class of 2007" mosaic. On the September 29 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck claimed that "[t]he very next day after the premiere" of Michael Moore's new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, "people were on the streets" of Pittsburgh protesting the G-20 summit "with this." Beck then aired an image of a hammer and sickle and read from the photo, "Oh, look at that -- 'Capitalism Will Fail' down there at the bottom." But the image Beck aired was not from the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh. Rather, as FoxNews.com reported on June 25, the image was of a "Class of 2007" mosaic painted by eighth-graders on tiles outside a Berkeley, California, school.

More at: http://mediamatters.org/research/200911110019

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Appellate court ruling...

in the case of FAUX News supressing the story on rBGH milk exposure - "Falsifying news is not against the law"
Seems they have a track record.


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Complain to the FCC

Here is the link

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

This has been going on

for a while now. It's called Propaganda.....look it up. A lot of your opinions are formed on the MIDDLE EAST using this tactic......after 9/11 they did it again.........but it wasn't just FOX....it was MSNBC.........CNN........ABC..........CBS.........and they showed TONS and TONS of people chanting in the streets in the MIDDLE EAST and burning USA flags...........and guess what? it was previously viewed footage.....had nothing to do with people gathering in the streets in the MIDDLE EAST after 9/11. This isn't new news to me.....I've been awake for a while........I hope the rest of you start scrutinizing EVERYTHING you see on TV.........esp when it involves the WAR, the MIDDLE EAST, and TERRORISM.........watch and listen closely.


But it's not always this flagrant

It isn't always so easily provable beyond deniability,
We shouild take advantage of this one.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.


is about as flagrant as you can get. that lie is still being sold as solid truth day in and day out year after year. this will blow over with ease. they laugh at us and mock us. because many american's believe if it doesnt come out of limbaugh, olberman, hannity, oreilly, matthews, scarborough, buchannon's mouth.....then it just isn't true. propaganda on tv rules......the vast majority are blue tube zombies and they know it.


No it isn't

It may be a lie. but it's not provable one way or another with a 30 second video.
Otherwise we wouldn't still be arguing about it.

there is no argument, or excuse for what this video showed.

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

Read above

simple mistake was the argument. I don't buy it of course.....but people believe what they want to believe.



It was Sean Hannity that accused Ron Paul supporters of inflating the telephone polls, during the primaries.
He needs to answer for this. Needs to be harrassed about this.
This is the kind of media crap that changed me to a Ron Paul supporter.
Hannity has become a useful idiot.

But let's not forget that all media outlets do this on a daily basis. Including the Huffington Post, who will be getting much milage out of this.

The part that irks me the most, is that Hannity pretends that Fox news, and his radio show, are part of some kind of alternative media.
It's important that Hannity's groupies know that he has done this, and continues to do this every day.

Or..maybe the Godlike Sean Hannity has the ability to control the weather?

"I don't endorse anything they say"
~Ron Paul On the 911 Truth movement.

Freedom of the press

It goes to show you how much Fox respects its viewers.
I support their right to BS people. I exercise my right not to watch the silliness.

FOX does it on purpose.

They co-opt the movement, pretend it was their own doing, then purposefully inflate the numbers so that other networks can take the wind out of their sails when the lies are publicized. Notice they did the same thing during the original 09 Tea Party, then on 9/12, and again with this Bachman protest. Meanwhile, the other networks grossly under exaggerate the numbers, and the casual observer is left scratching his head wondering what all the hubub was about.

The only way to obfuscate populist movements is to get in front of the crowd and lead it into the ground. Divide and conquer.

This is no accident.

This was also the purpose of

This was also the purpose of Bush, aside from being the hatchet man for the NWO. Make us look like idiots.

Ventura 2012

yes, absolutely

the team-think mentality is so strong that fellow Republicans were willing to support their tribal leaders, Bush and Cheney, even to the bitter end.

Then,even toward the end of his presidency, bush still had 1 in 5 supporting him. i mean, how polarized do you have to be to like that asshole?

naturally, people grew up believing the Democrats were the ones who had their heads on straight.

I know. I fell for it, hard.

I always hated Bush and the

I always hated Bush and the war, but was still basically a neo-con, if that makes any sense :/

I heard one of those diehards call into a local Constitutionalist show in my area. The host had been bashing Obama for censoring the debate on Afghanistan to the point that it was either 10k or 40k troops. So, the neo-con calls in:

Caller: What is it with Obama, at least the last guy could make up his mind.

Host: Yeah, that is true, although Obama has made up his mind that MORE troops will be sent.

Caller: Yeah, at least Bush stuck to his guns and knew what he wanted, and things in Iraq turned out O.K.

The guy was laughed off the air, lol.

Ventura 2012

radio show caller is what they call 'useful idiots'

we tend to give people on our team a free pass. "it's okay. he's on our team," is the mentality. so we keep friends close and the useful idiot unfortunately grows up with a false sense of perceived knowledge from all the positive feedback we've given them for merely being a team-player. one day, when he gets the courage to call in to a radio show, he is steadfast to defend the illusion that nobody thought to challenge him on.

that's why it's good to sit down for a good debate for an hour or two. sharpen your observational skills. bounce ideas off somebody that aligns themselves from the other political spectrum. if you start hanging out with like-minded individuals all day you will probably stop growing -- next thing you know, you're being laughed off the air.

I'd take the 20-45,000 number

even if it wasn't claimed just because Wash Post said 10,000. You just have to automatically multiply by a BS factor where WP is concerned. Usually, it's way more than 2-4.5 for a BS factor.

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It's good to know

that word of mouth got thousands together that quickly nonetheless,
regardless of whether it be 20,000 or 100,000. That will come in handy when it's time to end the dagger war and the real stuff happens. Wonder how many of these attendees are GOA members ? That would be sime useful info. We've got a chance to clean govt up now, END THE FED AND THE IRS and start living the lives that the founders of this country intended us to live.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

It's Fun to See the Liar Sean Hannity Nailed!

Sean Hannity is one of the worst government ass-kissers and anti-liberty fools in the media.

It makes me sick knowing Sean Hannity is out there deceiving so many great Americans every day.

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