Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fox's Sean Hannity Deceptively Edits Obama Labor Day Speech

Howard Kurtz of CNN pointed out the deceptive editing of President Obama's Labor Day speech on the part of Fox's Sean Hannity. Hannity used a clip in which Obama stated, “Taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year for everybody.” Hannity, however, didn’t play Obama’s complete statement: “Under the tax plan passed by the last administration, taxes are scheduled to go up substantially next year for everybody. By the way, this was by design.” Watch:

Kurtz: So Hannity's careful editing just happens to leave out Obama's explanation that the Bush administration had arranged for the tax cuts to expire in 2010, not to mention that Obama wants to extend the tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans while ending them for the wealthiest taxpayers. Isn't that kind of editing -- what's the word -- deceptive? A tip of the hat to "The Daily Show" for catching that one. (h/t Crooks and Liars)

Regarding the Daily Show, Jon Stewart took the Hannity edit as an example of Fox's practice of "shap[ing] the news toward your desired electoral goal."

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