Why Did Fox & Friends Air Riot Footage During Obama-Black Lives Matter Segment?
A Fox & Friends clip from Friday morning’s show on Fox News seemed to misleadingly air footage of violent riots, although the story the segment was covering had nothing to do with the content being shown.
President Barack Obama welcomed and met with Black Lives Matter activists Thursday for over an hour and a half in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. The topics included ways that the President and his administration can stay focused on the concerns of the black community during his final year in office.
The President hailed the meeting as successful, saying “there’s no better way for us to celebrate Black History Month.”
Yesterday, the President thanked the leaders of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, calling it “outstanding work”https://t.co/LdizseW5rY
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) February 19, 2016
Good thing Fox keeps its hand hovering over the panic button at all times.
Fox & Friends decided to present a slightly different picture, opening up the segment with intentionally chosen footage of riots in the African American community. Heather Childers said in the clip, “The violent riots several years ago in Ferguson and Baltimore now drawing praise from President Obama — praise,” she emphasized.
Of course, the President’s meeting Thursday had nothing to do with the violence that erupted in those cities as Fox would have its viewers believe, but rather focused on the peaceful protests of many urban communities, organized in response to the police killings of young black youths. The protests that the President was speaking about “shined a light on the injustice that was happening,” as he praised Black Lives Matter leadership, seated beside Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.
We were not the only people to realize Fox News’ deceptive use of the footage. CNN’s Brian Stelter took to Twitter to call out Fox & Friends, noting it as “insidious use of video”:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 19, 2016
Watch the above clip from Fox News.
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J.D. Durkin is the Senior Editor of Mediaite.
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