Monday, September 21, 2009

Fox News Producer Caught Egging On 9/12 Protests

Which network has a producer who was caught on video actually egging on the September 12 teabaggers' protest in Washington, DC? You guessed it. The Huffington Post confirmed that the producer is Heidi Noonan of Fox News:

"The employee is a young, relatively inexperienced associate producer who realizes she made a mistake and has been disciplined," Bryan Boughton, Fox News Channel Washington Bureau Chief, told the Huffington Post.

The video shows the producer on her cell phone as she urges the crowd behind [Fox reporter Griff] Jenkins to cheer louder:

Watch the presentation by Fox's Jenkins:

In answer to Glenn Beck's leading question, Jenkins states that the crowd is not astroturfed: "This is, as best as I can describe it, an absolute grassroots movement and this is an uprising; we are at the beginning of a political movement."

"Absolute grassroots"? Jenkins must not have heard of the lobbyist groups Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which formulated a harassment strategy for town hall meetings on health care, according to a leaked memo. Note, too, Jenkins' enthusiasm for the right-wing "uprising." Is there much difference between the cheerleading of Jenkins and that of Noonan? If Noonan weren't caught on camera, would she have been disciplined? She was, after all, just doing her job for the "fair and balanced" network.

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