Fox News Calls Would-be Obama Assassin ‘occupy Shooter’ A Day After Authorities Found ‘no Connection’ To Protests

This is a story from my favorite progressive news blog about the D.C. shooter and Fox's attempts to align him with the Occupy movement.  There wasn't even an attempt to try to report the news but of course you can't really expect anything more from a show like "Fox and Friends" I really love how Ms.Malkin points out how the media unfairly blames "righty" whenever a mentally ill person makes a commits a violent act aimed at politicians and then proceeds to do the same thing at another group with out any basis.  Does Fox not realize that they are just as "low" as the MSM if the engage the same tactics?  And do they think evidence is something that can just be fabricated on demand?  The short answer is yes.

Fox News Calls Would-Be Obama Assassin ‘Occupy Shooter’ A Day After Authorities Found ‘No Connection’ To Protests

By Alex Seitz-Wald on Nov 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Yesterday, authorities charged Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez with attempting to assassinate President Obama after he allegedly fired an assault riffle at the White House. Never missing an opportunity to politicize such an event, Fox News baselessly tried to tie Ortega-Hernandez to the 99 Percent Movement, running a chyron that dubbed the man the “‘Occupy’ shooter.”

Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson said the shooter “may have tried to blend in with the Occupy protesters in D.C.,” and asked conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, “What would have happened if a tea party person had tried to do that?” Malkin took the bait, but admitted that “political ideology” was likely not a motivation of the man. Watch it, via Media Matters:

Meanwhile, Fox Nation, the social news site owned by Fox News, ran a headline yesterday blaring: “Man Linked to ‘Occupy’ Protest Charged With Attempted Assassination of Obama.” On Wednesday night’s Special Report — one of Fox’s “straight news” shows — host Bret Baier said, “Hernandez reportedly spent time with the Occupy D.C. protesters.”

The claim was based on a report that authorities searched the Occupy DC encampment in their wide-ranging manhunt for Ortega-Hernandez, a logical step as the site is less than the two blocks from the White House. Unfortunately, for Fox, investigators “found no connection between him and the Occupy protesters,” the Washington Post and the outlets reporter the day before Carlson and Malkin claimed a link. Indeed, by then, Ortega-Hernandez had already been arrested in Pennsylvania, and there were reports that he was motivate by mental illness and hatred for Obama.

This type of baseless smear is perhaps to be expected on conservative blogs and radio shows — many of which leapt on the phony connection to Occupy DC — but one would expect better from the country’s largest cable network, which no doubt should have seen the reports dismissing the connection between Ortega-Hernandez and the Occupy protesters.

It appears Fox has not issued a correction, and the Fox Nation story remains online with the same headline.

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That's why I call it Faux News

We had high hopes for our Miss Minnesota when she became Miss America ... kinda hard to believe she's a a Stanford grad, innit.<br />
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Now that she's got a half dozen years under her belt at FAUX, doesn' seem so surprising she was once nannied in Anoka by ... wait for it ... wait for it ... none other than Michelle Bachmann.<br />
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Birds of a feather ...

Oh lord... watch, she's going to run for president lol

Oh good god ... will there be a violin contest? *gasp*

"the dumbing down of America" in full effect. *sigh*

I fully expect Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" to be our future (and Fox produced that one. Go figure.)