Fox News and the palm trees of Madison

Remember how I mentioned last night that Fox News, during a segment on Bill O’Reilly’s show about the protests in Wisconsin, had aired footage of violent protests shot elsewhere, giving the impression that the scene in Madison had devolved into violent anarchy? Well, today, the good, creative people of Madison – who, I might add, have been incredibly peaceful throughout the standoff – showed up at their Capitol building with inflatable palm trees, alluding to the fact that palm trees could be seen in the background of the footage that Fox tried to pass off as having been shot in their city. I don’t know that it’ll mean much to folks, but I thought that it was incredibly clever.


Speaking of Wisconsin, it looks as though Governor Walker and the Republicans, have now issued arrest warrants for the 14 Democratic Senators who have fled the state in order to prevent the passage of a bill that would, among other things, strip public unions of their right to bargain collectively. This action, at least according to the Wisconsin State Journal, is in violation of the state constitution, which “prohibits the arrest of legislators while in session unless they’re suspected of committing felonies, treason or breach of the peace.”

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  1. Kevin Pop
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    How do we know these inflatable trees where not the ones seen in the Fox News video to begin with? This sounds like a Saul Alinsky trick if there ever was one.

  2. Edward
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    It’s funny, but I’m afraid the irony will be lost on the viewers of Fox News.

  3. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    No it won’t Edward. I would guess 95% of Fox viewers will never see any of these pictures.

  4. Ez Marsay
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Eventually someone will make a case for the fact that Rupert Murdoch despises his constituents/consumers more than he does progressives. Apparently News Corp. is now totally carbon neutral.

  5. Kim
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    It’s probably worth reminding people that there was another option, as expressed by Governor Walker in his call with the fake Koch brother. They could have brought their own thugs in to make trouble. The Governor mentioned that he’d considered this. Fox, believe it or not, was taking the high road in this instance.

  6. TaterSalad
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Maybe even a liberal/progressive/socialist can understand this:

    Understanding the differences between Public and Private sector Unions:

  7. John Galt
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    How do we know these inflatable palm trees weren’t the ones seen in the FOX News footage?

  8. Eel
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    It’s also come out recently that Premier Radio, a division of Clear Channel that Rush Limbaugh calls home, is in the practice of paying actors to call into their shows.

  9. Montana
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    O’rielly, what a joke, didn’t he say “video comes in video comes out never a miscommunication”. Why is it that so many fools follow this liar? It looks like that the top republican candidates for president will be coming from “Fake News/ Fox News”, or should I say “Big Business”, how funny.

    I wonder if “Fake News” has a stable of likely republican supreme court justices (I am sure they will all attend the republican state of the union, unlike Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas, scum bags).

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