Fox News uses fake footage to make Wisconsin protests seem violent

Doesn’t seem to get much lower than this. Remember the peaceful protests for worker’s rights in Wisconsin that Vanessa wrote about last week? Via Amanda Marcotte, it looks like ever-trustworthy Fox News is using fake footage to make it seem as if the Wisconsin protests are violent.

In the video below, protesters can be seen angrily yelling into cops faces among the noticeably palm tree covered and snow-less streets… of Wisconsin?!?

Give me a break. In fact, as Rachel Maddow explained last night, the protesters in Wisconsin are winning precisely by employing tactics of peaceful and nonviolent protest.

They’ve been publicly thanked, not once, but twice, by local police. They’ve also chanted “thank you cops” to police for their respectful presence as they continued their demonstration. Click here to get the real story from Ms. Maddow. Palm trees not included.

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  1. Posted March 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    The palm trees are only the MOST obvious ridiculousness of this. What’s interesting to me, is this reported by over a year ago:

    Also, those people are soooo not dressed for the winter weather in Wisconsin. That’s just laughable. For the record, a lot of the cops have been marching off-duty in solidarity with us!

  2. Posted March 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Given that in the Monsanto case, Fox News declared that they were “Completely vindicated” after a judge ruled that broadcasting falsified reports is legal, this doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    Also, way to actually confuse the issue: The WI legislature has decided to become adversarial with their unions, rather than collaborative. In any adversarial relationship, somebody loses.

  3. Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I am glad that this is being brought to light. Protests seem to be assumed violent by many people, when the reality is that the majority of protests that I have attended (and its been quite a few) have been entirely peaceful, at worst maybe a bit tense.

    Shame on the news media. Huffington Post had an article a few years ago about the most egregious distortions by fox news, you can read it here

  4. Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    What the hell? Palm trees in Wisconsin and everybody dressed for the southern Californian fall?

  5. Posted March 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    As an active participant in the protests, and as a person who spends almost too much time downtown I’d like to know where the hell the nearest palm tree is in Madison, much less the midwest…?

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