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Fox Tries To Sensationalize Wisconsin Incident To Vilify Democrats And Unions

Reported by Ellen - March 3, 2011 -

A tense confrontation between Wisconsin protesters and a Republican state represenative was completely defused by the efforts of a Democratic state rep. But rather than celebrate the effort for civlity and restraint, Fox News made a full-throttle attempt to hype the hostility and use it, of course, to malign the protesters as dangerous thugs.

As Think Progress noted:

The video is dramatic, but to Fox News, it’s downright terrifying. Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade saw a “violent” “angry mob,” while fellow Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy found the footage “absolutely scary.” Fox host Sean Hannity said while watching the “frightening” video that he was “concerned for this guy’s safety.” And contributor Michelle Malkin agreed, viewing the video as proof that “the rule of law has been supplanted by the rule of the mob.”

But one key player in this story didn’t find the incident scary — Grothman himself. Despite Fox host Greta Van Susteren’s best attempts, while appearing on her show last night, Grothman said he never “felt threatened,” and that in fact, “there were many friendly people in that crowd”:

Compilation video from Think Progress below.



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