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FOX News Helps Spread False McCain Rumor About Thrown-Away Flags At Dem Convention

Reported by Ellen - September 7, 2008 -

From Huffington Post:

Days before September 11, on the same morning that John McCain and Barack Obama released a joint statement pledging to avoid politics in light of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, McCain's campaign accused Democrats of throwing away 12,000 American flags.
The real story, it turns out, is that the McCain campaign took the flags without permission (where I live, they call that stealing) and fed the story to FOX News.

Nico Pitney at HuffPo writes:

"The campaign says the flags were recovered from Invesco Field after the Democrats concluded their convention there," Fox News reported, "and they are going to be used as part of the warm-up ceremonies before McCain takes the stage" for a rally in Colorado Springs, Co.

It seems that “Campaign” Carl Cameron (you may recall that Outfoxed caught him bragging about his wife’s efforts to help elect then-candidate George W. Bush) and Fox News' Bonney Kapp were the source of the phony rumor.

Pitney continues:

They reported that they had "been told" that "a vendor at Invesco Field found the flags, which were going to be thrown out, and turned them over to the McCain campaign."

The Democratic convention official says that's not true.

"It's pretty reprehensible on their part," he said. "Someone made an assumption, took the flags, and essentially lied about what was going to happen to them. I mean, c'mon, we were never ever going to throw out flags."

Josh Marshall reminds us that he caught Cameron making up quotes about John Kerry in 2004.