Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Playing With The Facts At The New York Times

As reported tonight on The O'Reilly Factor, The New York Times has outdone itself. In this editorial, writer Allessandra Stanley found another way to criticize America's leading news source - while twisting the facts, of course. While saying all reporters are aware of, and openly deplore " . . . the government's failure to help the victims adequently, " and whining about the "inattentive Federal Government" she then took the initiative to slam the (hardly conservative) Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera. She said, and I quote, "Fox's Geraldo Rivera did his rivals one better: yeserday, he nudged an Air Force rescue worker out of the way so his camera crew could tape him as he helped lift an older woman in a wheelchair to safety." The only problem is that isn't what happened at all. The average reader (if the Times has any readers who could be described as "average") is left to believe that Fox News in general, and Geraldo in particular, is rogue, uncouth, self serving, and mean(they would know.)
If you saw The Factor tonight when they showed the video, you could see that the video clip was taken completely out of context. The video showed Geraldo and another man walking down stairs, carrying a wheelchair containing an elderly lady. An Air Force rescue worker was standing near the wheelchair as the other man carrying it (who had the bottom of the wheelchair and most of the weight) got to the bottom. He'd moved by the time Geraldo had reached the bottom. Besides that, there was no way he could "nudge" anyone out of the way as he struggled down the stairs. No, I don't have any scientific proof that it wasn't a photo op, but it surely didn't look like it. He was just helping out; not even in the picture most of the video. I'm by no means a big fan of Geraldo , but to bring a baseless attack against him is simply wrong.
At least we know where the spin doesn't stop.


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