After a slow start in covering the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin at the hands of self-appointed Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman, Fox News is playing catch-up with more comprehensive coverage today. But on America Live, instead of concentrating on the tragedy itself, Martha McCallum and Trace Gallagher focused on National Rifle Association complaints that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence were using the shooting to call for tighter controls on firearms, and used selectively edited clips of the 911 tapes to further the Fox spin.
After introducing the piece over a banner that read "Anti-Gun Advocates Use Teen's Death To Go After NRA" - a banner which stayed onscreen throughout the segment - McCallum tossed to Trace Gallagher, saying "...the alleged gunman claiming that it was self defence, and now anti-gun advocates say the 911 calls from some witnesses prove otherewise, and they're using them as ammunition in a new attack on the National Rifle Association."
Gallagher commented on a number of clips from the 911 calls, interjecting facts and comments as he went along, such as the following:
Zimmerman: "He looks black." Gallagher: "He says he thinks he's black but later told police he did not know his race." Good thing you told us that, Trace, just in case some bleeding heart libs try to play the race card or sumthin'. But, gee, why didn't you tell us these pesky facts?
- Moments after Zimmerman said "He looks black," he continued, "He's a black male."
- According to the Miami Herald, the local police chief, Bill Lee, told the paper that the tapes of the 911 calls would prove the incident was not a case of racial profiling, "because when asked whether the suspect was white or black he said he did not know." In other words, the police chief misrepresented what was on the tape - and it appears that Gallagher reported it as if this was a statement made by Zimmerman himself later on.
Gallagher played a few more clips from the 911 tapes - including a harrowing excerpt where Trayvon Martin can be clearly heard crying our for help and then being shot - and then returned to the spin du jour. "Florida is also a "Stand Your Ground" state which means that you can use guns or other deadly force as self defense without backing out of a confrontation. Now, the National Rifle Association backed that law, and now the Brady Campaign, which pushes for tougher gun laws, says that's the NRA's vision for America."
Here is what the Brady Campaign President Dan Gross said:
Make no mistake: This tragic shooting represents the National Rifle Association's vision for America. The NRA's vision is an America that looks just like Florida, where it's easy for criminals and dangerous people to get, carry, and use guns. The NRA wants us to be a nation without any gun laws, a nation where just about anybody can get a gun and take it anywhere. Their leaders and spokespeople use fear, paranoia and misleading notions of self-defense to justify flooding our streets with armed and violent people, and the result is more tragedies like Trayvon's. Trayvon's life has been lost not because of an accident, but because of the easy access to a gun by a violent person permitted by a state with weak gun laws.
Yep, he said it. But isn't that precisely what the NRA do want? I'm sure we'd all be very interested if one of our NRA-supporting readers (we know you're out there) can supply us with evidence which would refute apparent facts such as the ones the Brady Campaign have published here demonstrating that the USA's lax gun laws, lobbied for by the wealthy NRA, make it far too easy for criminals and nutjobs to get hold of guns.
Then, unbelievably, Trace Gallgher wrapped up his report on this horrible tragedy this way:
"It's important to point out that gun sales in this country have never been higher and the crime rate, says the FBI, is very low." * Only on Fox News could a reporter say that to camera with a straight face while recounting the tragic gun death of an innocent teenager.
As the mother of a teenage boy, even typing out Trace Gallagher's weasel words makes me want to cry and scream with anguish and fury. That could have been my son, my heart cries out. That could have been my beautiful boy ambling home from the store in the rain with his hood pulled up, clutching his treats with happy anticipation. It could have been - it might still be - the teenage son of millions of moms and dads. Look at his face, so open, still shining with the light of childhood, the face of a child not quite a man, the face of a loving son that a mother covered with kisses, a son who, like my own, was not embarrassed to hug his mom in public. A face forever lost to his loved ones, a heart forever still. Shame on you, Trace Gallagher. Shame on you, Fox News.
*Nice one, Trace. How low is the crime rate? Where? You didn't specify gun-related crime. According to the Tampa Bay Times, "Since the [Stand Your Ground] law went into effect, reports of justifiable [sic] homicides have tripled, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It has been used to absolve violence resulting from road rage, barroom arguments and even a gang gunfight." And according to this article analyzing FBI stats through 2010, while gun crime is down in the vast majority of states, it is up in New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Mississippi, Missouri, Arizona, Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Connecticut and several of the smaller states. And there are no gun homocide stats available for Florida.
You know what makes Nielsen and Arbitron really cool, Scott? They poll people on why they watch. Commonly given answers for Fox News:
It works as a sitcom
I wanna see what they’ll say next
They agree with me
Not many people say “I trust them” or “They’re good news”.
Respecting a person or organisation’s 1st amendment rights has nothing to do with agreeing or dissagreeing with them. anyone has the right to say what they want. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences. That doesn’t mean that other people can’t dissagree with them. No ones 1st amendments rights are violated by this site.
You want someone to blog Rolling Stone? Hey man,knock yourself out! This blog is about Fox News. It’s right there on top of the page. We watch Fox so you don’t have to! It doesn’t claim to cover all media. There are other blogs and internet outlets who do that. I’d suggest you go there.
Now please point out what in that RS article about Roger Ailes / Fox News is demonstrably, factually wrong.
And while we’re at it, please do the same for the GOP War on Voting article.
Aria – Thanks so much for your input, I’m busy with other fish to fry (and they’re not red herrings!) How long do you think it’ll be before one of the idiots from you-know-who’s site tweets that I compared Fox News to Nazis?! In 10-9-8-…
Fox News Tops Cable Ratings
How about the Miami herald
Fox News wins another ratings victory
How about the huffington post.
The cable news ratings for January 2012 are in, and as usual, Fox News cleared the top programs. The network claimed the thirteen highest rating shows of the month. Moreover, it celebrated 10 straight years as the top cable news channel.
No matter how you cut it, Fox News is watched by more Americans then any other News Show.
So what none of you have any comment on the Vile language that your side uses everyday.
And if we’re talking about condemning the C word, how about we go through the Fox News archives and find all the times they defended Rush Limbaugh for using that word.
While we’re at it, how about we see how many of them condemned Beck’s language. Coulter’s? Malkin’s? When O’Reilly called Tiller “the baby killer”, how many people warned him that could cause violent sentiment?
Oh, and I have videos of both Ailes and Murdoch being asked about hateful, possibly violent speak and responding with “They were right to say it.” But by all means, let’s compare comedians who were condemned by the left for their comments against Fox News hosts that the station owners said “yeah, and we approve!”
Obama said DeNiro’s “first white first lady” comment at his fundraiser was inappropriate and unappreciated, can we cross that one off, or does Obama have to get on TV and give Gingrich an apology in DeNiro’s place? Come to think of it… why does the apology have to be given to Gingrich? Isn’t he in like, last place?
And yet — it’s still watched by less than 0.0001% of the US population on any given day . . .
When is that last time you heard someone on the right refer to Nancy Pelosi and her “her f@#&ing retard making cunt” and “the baby that just came out of her f@#%ing disgusting cunt.”
We do not go around calling the Occupy movement the real enemy, we do not go around saying that members of Occupy Wallstreet want to “Lynch black people”.
Don’t you dare lecture me on the inflammatory language of the right. Because between Ed Shultz, Bill Maher, Rep. Fredrica Wilson, Rep. Andre Carson, and Louis CK, you Democrats have cornered the market on disgusting language.
Oh and I can post links to the Videos of these people saying these things, just in case you wanted to accuse me of lieing too.
I give you Public Police Polling.
Fox leads for trust
Americans do not trust the major tv news operations in the country- except for Fox News.