Punditocracy

Fox News Creates Own Crowd

Apparently at Fox News, if it’s a slow news day, you can always make your own. A producer for the cable network has been caught on tape waving her arms to hype a crowd from behind-the-scenes at a 9/12 rally while reporter Griff Jenkins tells Glenn Beck about the impassioned “grassroots movement” at hand. Jenkins continues in the segment, “this is an uprising,” adding “we are at the beginning of a political movement.” The network and Beck himself had promoted the 9/12 movement extensively prior to the event, chiding other media for ignoring the protest with its stated purpose of bringing “us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001[…] standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created.” The channel’s Washington bureau chief responded to the video: “The employee is a young, relatively inexperienced associate producer who realizes she made a mistake and has been disciplined.” Not exactly ripped from the pages of a journalism textbook.