Waymon Hudson

Faux News Strikes Again

Filed By Waymon Hudson | June 10, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Fundie Watch, Media, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, Chris Crocker, fist bump, Fox News, Heath Ledger, terrorism

Does anyone even think Fox News is really a news station anymore?alg_bam.jpg

In a segment discussing Barack and Michelle Obama's now famous fist-bump, Fox News anchor E.D. Hill decided to turn an innocent expression of love between a couple into something insidious and dangerous. What did Hill call the bump?

"A Terrorist Fist Jab." Ugh.

Video and more after the jump...

From Media Matters:

Teasing a segment on the "gesture everyone seems to interpret differently," Fox News' E.D. Hill said: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? ... We'll show you some interesting body communication and find out what it really says." In the ensuing discussion with a "body language expert," Hill referred to the "Michelle and Barack Obama fist bump or fist pound," but at no point did she explain her earlier reference to "a terrorist fist jab."

At what point do people just stop watching this ridiculous station? I mean, they thought the Lincoln/Douglas debates involved abolitionist Frederick Douglas, made fun of Chris Crocker's gender-bending videos, and made fun of Heath Ledger's death (just to name a few recent things covered on the Project).

This kind of blatant fear-mongering and outright lying is par-for-the-course for Faux News, I know. But it doesn't make it any less disgusting.

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That's so stupid. I fist-bump my students since froggies shake hands every day when someone shows up, and I've been sick 5 times this year.

But the fact that they spent so much time on this one gesture while they refused to investigate the evidence the Bush admin used to get America to go to war with Iraq just makes me want to throw up.

Oh my god. That's unbelievable. Seriously, I watch Fox for laughs.

Nice post.


Fox news is ridiculous. My partner and I bump fists all the time (we picked it up from the Sara Silverman Program's gay neighbors- "I'm totally gay for you...", but I digress).

The fact that Fox felt the need to not only have a whole segment on the move by Obama (which is beyond dumb in the first place) but also had to work in that it was a "terrorist fist jab" just shows that there are talking points that come down from “on high” that all the anchors have to work in to the news stories.

"Fair and Balanced" indeed...

I don't know what's worse, the fact that Faux News is still on the air or that some people believe Faux 'facts.'

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 10, 2008 9:52 PM

OK, Sigma Delta Chi hat. It is a harmless fluff piece designed to keep the attention of Fox's demographic (unbelievably old and out of touch) viewer until the next commercial for a light truck.

Television has become the new radio. When we had three news networks and PBS there was pride in accuracy and quality. You cannot have more players dividing up an increasingly segmented audience and keep the same level of quality in reporting.

That is why you see pretty little pictures of cats climbing trees, "celebrity" news or pandas in the zoo. Anything but what is costly. News reporting is costly and all networks are cutting quality as the number of outlets continue to grow. Fox is just pandering to it's customer base of folks who do not want to be challenged to think.

I don't want the job of being President, but I wouldn't mind being a benevolent dictator for a couple of days. One of the first things I would do would be to restore the Fairness Doctrine. Probably arresting Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and the rest of the satraps on Faux, and letting them cover the story of Guantanamo Bay from the inside, would come second. They deserve to have a nice vacation spent surf, er, waterboarding.

It simply amazes me that they're the top ranked news outlet. But the stupidity of the average American also amazes me.

Curtis Morton | June 11, 2008 11:06 AM

I am a Fox News viewer (mainly just The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes), and I think that comment was ridiculous! I have done the fist-bump before, and probably will again, but it doesn't mean I'm a terrorist nor have terrorist thoughts while bumping fists. I'm not quite sure what E.D. Hill was thinking, if he even was!

Fuax News is nothing but a propaganda arm for the Republican party masquerading as a news organization.

If I want entertaining news, I'll tune in to Keith Olbermann or Bill Maher.

Curtis Morton | June 13, 2008 3:54 PM

Some would say that Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher are a propaganda arm for the left. At least Fox News has both conservatives and liberals go on to talk about and defend their views. I don't see CNN with many Republicans on their shows, just Dems.

I would agree that Olberman is far more commentator than newsman. Bil Maher is just an entertainer who talks about politics. I'm not sure who the "liberals" are on Fox News. Colms is hardly a strong voice for a dissenting opinion...

As for CNN, Lou Dobbs is the most obvious example of Republican host. :) Like I've said before, I think all of the 24 hour news stations are too much screeching/talking heads and not enough actual news.

This is story is particularly disgusting because Hill is not a commentator or a show host (like Olberman or O'Reily), she is a news anchor. Her little "terrorist" comment was meant to skew public perception while she was supposed to be reporting. Although the fact that she was even talking about the fist bump at all is stupid, in my opinion.