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Fox News reporter appears to have lied about being ‘punched’ by protester

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 13:51 EDT
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Fox News has been making a lot of hay about one of their reporters allegedly being “punched” by a protester in Madison, Wisconsin.

Turns out, that didn’t happen.

Mike Tobin, reporting from amid the massive demonstration on Friday, claimed that one of the protesters “punched” him in the arm. In another broadcast, he claimed a man threatened to break his neck.

In both cases, supporting evidence for these claims was not broadcast — yet still, Tobin’s reports have been widely cited across conservative blogs that seem eager to depict union workers as hateful and violent.

What’s worse, Tobin’s allegation that he was assaulted might have slipped past without rebuttal were it not for a camera-equipped bystander, who captured the scene.

Turns out, someone merely touched his shoulder, as evidenced in the video below. The incident he claimed was a “punch” could instead be described as a pat, at most.

That was apparently enough for him to later declare that even after being “punched, he was just too nice of a guy to press charges.

Fox News reporters have been repeatedly shouted down by union protesters, many of whom simply chant “Fox News lies!” every time the network’s cameras set up for a live shot.

That repeated reaction led Tobin to complain how there was “hate in their eyes” during the confrontations, leading him to assume that protesters must simply hate reporters and the media in general, or that they’re intolerant of alternative viewpoints.

He didn’t seem to consider their actual allegation: that Fox News “lies.”

The channel’s woeful track record for distorting the news aside, if Tobin was seriously asking why protesters object to Fox News, then he must not watch Fox & Friends. Last week the hosts of the network’s morning show literally flipped the results of a Gallup poll showing strong support for unions, relaying it to their viewers as the opposite.

As far as we can tell, protesters have not engaged in shouting down reporters for any other networks.

This video is from LiveLeak, published March 1, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    A Fox News “reporter” lied?!? Like Claude Rains, I’m shocked! Shocked, I say!

  • Anonymous

    No surprise, Fox News lies.

  • http://www.allourlives.org/ TooManyJens

    So what you’re saying is, Fox News lies.

    Did this reporter understand that that was a complaint, not a request?

  • Ma’at

    ALL Faux News and the TeaBags do is lie. It works because only about 25% of America pays attention. In fact, just not that many raw numbers of people watch “news entertainment” including Faux News.

    It is no secret that the other news networks HATE Faux News. You would think they would start hammering them for this kind of thing which keeps cropping up.

  • shinyorbs

    what an asshat

  • Anonymous

    Nobody knows hate like The Fox Entertainment Channel they are currently the United States only twenty-four-hour purveyor of hate!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J2BKVG44GLNRGIAYKD7UO4O27E Arthur Young

    I am just glad that there are enough sources to challenge any given public incident. Even in the aftermath of something like this the loyal zombie conservatives will maintain the myth rather than accept the truth. I personally believe that the Right suffers from severe paranoia and cannot be reasoned with.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Doge of Yettis

    every time that fox lies, a baby kitten dies…

  • dagobarbz

    So he responds to cries of ‘FOX LIES’ by lying. LOL.

  • cannotvote

    There will be more than a love tap come xmas for this fool if the dollar crashes – wonder what the military will do, start rounding people up, shooting them, giving them daffodils?

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    Yes, it is hard for honest people to tolerate lies,especially when they’re fighting for the freedom to bargain over whether their kids eat or not. FOX balances the truth with their lies and despises that we know a lie when we hear it.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Fox lies.

    Meanwhile, at TPM word is Gov. Snot Wanker is busing in teabaggers for tomorrow’s budget announcement and they are planning to sneak them into the capitol using an existing tunnel to the facility.
    Also, the court ruled that they have to re-open the Capitol to the public but the Repugs are ignoring the ruling claiming they haven’t received a copy yet.
    Here is the ruling: http://wcca.wicourts.gov/courtRecordEvents.xsl;jsessionid=7A1D8655357091930AA63C096CDA9151.render6?caseNo=2011CV000990&countyNo=13&cacheId=77BAAEACC728075D0E13103B7CA173B2&recordCount=1&offset=0&linkOnlyToForm=false&sortDirection=ASC

  • Alice Mechler

    A Faux news reporter lie? Only when he opens his mouth! With untruths and and Beck’s conspiracy theories, I’m amazed that anyone actually watches them. Guess the intelligence of our country has declined more than I realized.

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised there are any more cats.

  • Anonymous

    Well, maybe the video you show of the tap was not the one Mr. Tobin referred to as the punch. Ever think of that? I noticed that within this article you have a petition to support the support the Wisconsin State Senators who fled the state rather than address their legislative duties. Where’s your petition to support the governor in his efforts to stop the out-of-control public employees union? Obviously, your article is biased. He who lives in a glass house should not cast stones.

  • fairiedust

    Fox lies again. Ho hum.

    Anyway it might be funny to see one of these wingnuts get clobbered by an umbrella wielding librarian.

    (Did I say that out loud………lol)

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps the video you show in this article is not the same assault to which Mr. Tobin was referring. I notice that you include a petition to support the Wisconsin senators who fled their state rather than address their legislative duties. Where is your petition to support Governor Walker who is attempting to stop out-of-control powerful public labor unions? He who lives in glass houses should not throw stones.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UAYWWQ6PIS523OZNUGILXEGOPU Patty

    LOL! Faux News. We lie! You decide!

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    teabaggers are fucking pussies. Here is the video proof.

  • Anonymous

    You have a little string of drool coming down, hovering just above your keyboard– better slurp it up before it shorts something out.

  • Anonymous

    By-the-way, anyone who took the ten seconds I did to research the author of the article, Stephen C, Webster, will find that he writes for Alternet. Who are the executives in charge of Alternet? From their own website:

    Don Hazen: Editor of “Winning Progressive Politics”

    Fan Frel: “…worked on the Howard Dean presidential campaign.”

    Roxanne Cooper: Has worked for the LA Weekly. As a LA resident, I can tell you the LA Weekly is a champion for all things left and an antagonist for all things right.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Perhaps the tap video you show in this article is not the same assault to which Mr. Tobin was referring.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Are you pretending to be stupid, fuckwad?

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps there was no assault – Tobin appears to be back pedaling nicely. But you go on playing the victim.

    As for the senators, theyappear to be addressing their legislative duties . . . your just not a big fan. think of it like a filibuster and you’ll learn to love it, I’m sure.

    And as for a petition to support the governor, since when was equal time the mantra of the right? He’s got his cronies in Koch, they’ll provide. The only thing Walker is trying to stop is political opposition to one party GOP rule.

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of cry baby wimps! Ah, Fox News lied, blah,blah,blah. No doubt you all support Obama but you kool aid drinkers are too stoned to know that he lies everyday, 24/7. Oh, and where is the video tape of the congressman being called racial slurs by Teat Party members when Obamacare was about to be signed. Still waiting! You whinney liberal wimps – get a life.

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of cry baby wimps! Ah, Fox News lied, blah,blah,blah. No doubt you all support Obama but you kool aid drinkers are too stoned to know that he lies everyday, 24/7. Oh, and where is the video tape of the congressman being called racial slurs by Teat Party members when Obamacare was about to be signed. Still waiting! You whinney liberal wimps – get a life.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    You’re desperate and look stupid…..really stupid.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    What a bunch of cry baby wimps! Ah, a protester touche my arm blah,blah,blah. No doubt you all support Glenda and Drugbaugh but you kool aid drinkers are too stoned that they that he lie everyday, 24/7. You whining teabag wimps – get a life.

  • Anonymous

    You can see the protester reach out and you see the reporters head move when he says “that guy just hit me”
    That’s good enough for me.

  • Anonymous

    You can see the protester reach out and you see the reporters head move when he says “that guy just hit me”
    That’s good enough for me.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    And here is the video of your fellow teabag terrorist spitting on the congressman

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/28/congressman-spit-on-by-te_n_516300.html

    Now, go fuck off, you parasite.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Except that the video shows no assault or punch. Reality is a bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Matt Emailed to me the following:

    Dr. Matt wrote, in response to STblog:

    Perhaps the tap video you show in this article is not the same assault to which Mr. Tobin was referring.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Are you pretending to be stupid, fuckwad?

    Let me get his correct, Dr. Matt, If I disagree with you I’m a fuckwad? Tell me did you miss the president’s Tucson speech on civility or does civility only apply to the other guy and not you?

  • Namaste17

    “Shoulder Tap of Death” hahahaa, this video is cracking me up.

  • K7KTR

    Yes it is a shame, Anyone can see from the Straw Poll video with Ron Paul that FOX LIES. If people really cared they could logon to Media Matters and view many of the stories where FOX LIED and was offered to make a correction to their lies, But FOX LIES. They have an esoteric agenda they are pushing. If you don’t agree with FOX it is…. SHUT UP, FLIP FLOPPER, TIN FOIL HAT WEARER, KILL HIS/HER MIC and more.
    Investigative Reporters Ask questions and wait for a reply. FOX though, They cut you off in mid sentence and insert another idea. This tactic is to break the Thought Process so that it appears a person is dumb. Where they come to talk about One Subject.. Fox jumps around the board so as to destroy the story and worse yet, Destroy the TRUTH too. FOX LIES.

  • Anonymous

    Walker must be taking lessons from Middle Eastern despots on how to try changing the narrative. What’s next–riding camels through the Capitol?

  • Anonymous

    Do they require seventh-graders in your school to write everything out twice for practice? Just wondering. You and STblahg seem to be reading from the same workbook.

  • Anonymous

    DirkTucker wrote to me:

    DickTucker wrote, in response to STblog:

    You have a little string of drool coming down, hovering just above your keyboard– better slurp it up before it shorts something out.

    Let me get this straight, anyone who has a different opinion from you has droll dripping from their mouth. Where is the respect for having an opinion mind for other peoples opinions, or does not no longer exist?

  • Anonymous

    TEAT Party? Okay, 10 puns just formed instantaneously in my whinney (sic) liberal brain but I’m going to show some restraint. (Besides, they’d probably all go right over your pointy little head.)

  • Anonymous

    dude, put down your hash pipe and read what you just posted. No wonder welfare recipients like you rely on the tax payer to get you through life. Do us all a favor and crawl back under your rock you liberal loser!

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    “Facts have a well known liberal bias” deal with it!

  • Scuby

    The video clearly shows a protester “tapping” the reporter on the shoulder to get his attention, followed quickly by the reporter stating “that guy just hit me”. Your bias has obviously not only made you STUPID, but deaf and blind as well.

  • Anonymous

    Odd that he felt free to grab the signs people were holding and shove them out of his way but tapping him on the shoulder is punching him on the arm? Hello?

  • Anonymous

    Fox had no problem when tea baggers were shuting down town hall meetings from coast to coast.

  • Anonymous

    consumed wrote, in response to STblog:

    Perhaps there was no assault – Tobin appears to be back pedaling nicely. But you go on playing the victim.

    As for the senators, theyappear to be addressing their legislative duties . . . your just not a big fan. think of it like a filibuster and you’ll learn to love it, I’m sure.

    And as for a petition to support the governor, since when was equal time the mantra of the right? He’s got his cronies in Koch, they’ll provide. The only thing Walker is trying to stop is political opposition to one party GOP rule.

    1) I see no back pedaling. Please send me the link. Support your position.
    2) I’m no playing the victim just raising an alternative viewpoint. One which you might want to take some time to consider since your email was sent so rapidly to me. Prepackaged was it?
    3) They’re addressing the legislative issues by running to another state. Not!
    4) No a big fan. I have to say this is the only thing in your email that you got correct.
    5) Think of it as a filibuster and I’ll learn to love it. Not!
    6) As regards the petition for the governor, Dear, consumed, I was only pointing out how biased the article was. Since the article only had a mechanism to support the left where are you getting the mantra of the right? The question I raised had to deal with Mr. Webster’s article not about any other media available to the governor or anyone else in the dispute.

  • Scuby

    Bullshit. The video clearly shows the protester tap the reporter twice lightly on the shoulder as if to garner his attention, to which the reported responded…”that guy just hit me”…The lying POS Fox reporter clearly wants Fox viewers to believe that the protesters are angry and violent in nature, which has been proven to NOT be the case over and over and over and over again. FOX LIES!!

  • Scuby

    Its not a matter of opinion ST….The video clearly shows the FACTS of what really happened. You are entitled to your opinion, but you’re not entitled to facts that do not exist.

  • http://twitter.com/oldivory OLD IVORY

    Hate eats at a human like cancer. But, hey, who can not help hating Fox?

  • http://twitter.com/MStyborski M Styborski

    OK, I looked at it more closely. There’s a FOX cameraman behind the NO NO NO sign wearing a brown jacket. You can see him at 0:34.

    At 0:35, a guy in a black jacket reaches over Tobin’s shoulder to block the view of the camera. The guy in front of the NO NO NO sign, (blue jacket, tan sleeves,) pushes the arm away.

    At 0:43, the old Santa guy blocks the camera with his sign.

    At 0:44, Blue jacket & tan sleeves again gets into the mix pushing the Santa guy’s sign away, knocking it into Tobin.

    The later tap-tap by Santa is NOT what Tobin claims was the punch. Pay attention kids!

  • Anonymous

    This comes as no surprise, Fux Nuze reporters lie about everything else.

  • Anonymous

    Scuby wrote, in response to STblog:

    The video clearly shows a protester “tapping” the reporter on the shoulder to get his attention, followed quickly by the reporter stating “that guy just hit me”. Your bias has obviously not only made you STUPID, but deaf and blind as well.

    If the protester “tapped” his shoulder, why did the protester then walk away? Huh? Uh, have any answer, Scuby? Don’t you tap someone on the shoulder to obtain their attention? Maybe it wasn’t a tap, maybe it was a punch. Mr. Tobin was actually there and you were not.

    Also, Mr. Scuby, thank you for your well thought out, articulate, respectful and may I say very civil remarks as to my opinion; ie, “Stupid,, deaf and blind.” Once again, did you not hear Mr. Obama’s call for civility?

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    It wasn’t Kool Aid but you are so busy drinking it and believing what you want you never bothered to get the ‘real’ facts, they used Flavor Aid. Nice try though!

    BTW what Walker is trying to do (ram through legislation without negotiating) is the same thing the right accused Obama of doing…I bet you see no hypocrisy in that do you?

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    It wasn’t Kool Aid but you are so busy drinking it and believing what you want you never bothered to get the ‘real’ facts, they used Flavor Aid. Nice try though!

    BTW what Walker is trying to do (ram through legislation without negotiating) is the same thing the right accused Obama of doing…I bet you see no hypocrisy in that do you?

  • Anonymous

    There were reporters from MSM there? Wow!

  • Anonymous

    Santa’s a girl.

  • http://twitter.com/MStyborski M Styborski

    Because they got it wrong too. The Santa guy gave Tobin a tap-tap as if to say “Hey, sorry about that,” after the blue and tan jacketed guy knocked the sign into Tobin. See my previous post for the details.

  • Cletus

    OK, from here on in, when Tobin is broadcasting live, the chants should change from “FOX LIES, FOX LIES” to “OW! THAT GUY JUST HIT ME!, OW! THAT GUY JUST HIT ME!”.

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    I think the civility thing is more about outright violence, threats of violence and mainly public heads like Palin, Obama, Limbaugh, not some asshat on a forum…get the difference…probably not but oh well!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    I don’t know how he managed to stay on his feet after that vicious bludgeoning.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/JOFFWKUYN3IGG7UMLLVL5EPAJ4 Egret

    Oh, for FOX sake!

  • Anonymous

    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/5123-fox-news-lies-keep-them-out-of-canada

    Fox News Lies Keep Them Out of CANADA… there’s is a law against lying in newscasts there, and Fox did not meet their smell test. Their oiligarch PM could not get that law lifted, try as he might.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6FSQPG5G2N5SYVOMSZ7SRXG57I Angry Liberal

    What a bunch of cry baby wimps! Ah, Fox News lied, blah,blah,blah. No doubt you all support Obama but you kool aid drinkers are too stoned to know that he lies everyday, 24/7. Oh, and where is the video tape of the congressman being called racial slurs by Teat Party members when Obamacare was about to be signed. Still waiting! You whinney liberal wimps – get a life.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So “cry baby wimps”, ” kool aid drinkers are too stoned to know that he lies everyday”, and “You whinney liberal wimps – get a life” is civil??

    Get outta here kid – the adults are trying to have a conversation here.

  • http://twitter.com/MStyborski M Styborski

    The grey beard and mustache at 0:32 say differently. And again at 0:50.

  • jimbo92107

    Never let it be said that I do not hate Murdoch’s minions. Yes, I hate them, they have earned it. If they see hatred in my eyes, it is one perception that is quite accurate. Their lies are hurting my country, and they should leave.

  • Anonymous

    What i recommend is that the protesters quiet down and move away from any FOX ASSHOLE with a microphone in hand and standing in front of a TV camera. Ignore the motherfuckers!

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    Yeah I don’t STblog going after jpk9293 for being uncivil and disrespectful

  • Denise

    it must be a slow news day when you have a story about a fox reporter doing what they do on a daily basis

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    What is funny is I am 100% sure I make more then you but because I am a proud liberal you will call me a welfare recipient…that’s rich!

  • Anonymous

    Patience wrote, in response to STblog:

    I think the civility thing is more about outright violence, threats of violence and mainly public heads like Palin, Obama, Limbaugh, not some asshat on a forum…get the difference…probably not but oh well!

    Or maybe it applies to everyone?

    Get the difference? probably not, oh, well..

    Remember, change starts with the person you see in the mirror.

  • Guest

    watch again nimrods,use the pause…….who’s really the liar?

  • Anonymous

    Fox News Lies! Fox News Lies!

    Go Wisconsin!

    Fox and their minions are pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Fox lies and now we have video proof but it won’t matter they have I’m sure already lied again.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    Are you high? You sound high.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6FSQPG5G2N5SYVOMSZ7SRXG57I Angry Liberal

    What you wrote was not presented as a “different opinion” son. You accused liberals and progressives of being “wimpy stoned kool aid drinkers”, and offered no substance other than “Obama lies 24/7″
    So, you are just receiving what you deserve. But, as with all adolescent right-wingers, you make yourself the victim.

    The worst thing is, you represent that unique class of astonishingly clueless people who actually fight tooth and nail for the right to be repressed by the corporate oligarchy. You don’t even realize that we are actually fighting for you.

    Someone, please save us from these MIND-NUMBING IDIOTS!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    Yeah, my union is out of control. They’ve offered up all the financial concessions Walker asked for. They’ve asked to negotiate in good faith. As it is, I’m already compensated less than my private sector counterparts. But, I guess that’s the high stakes world of community college instruction!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    YOU ARE SO HIGH.

    Don’t forget to bring a towel!

  • Michelle Par

    They do. It is called Right Wing Authoritarianism. They have a physically larger fear center in their brain, and will only believe what their chosen leaders tell them, no matter if we expose the lies.

  • Guest

    A Fox reporter LIED? I’m shocked–shocked, I tell you!!!

  • Guest

    You guys are so full of it! I watched your proof, over and over, and ….it is out of sync! Last shot of Tobin on fox compared to your shot….He had a hand on or in his face at the same time nothing in the fox clip. Then this guy just disappeared? HMMMM…….You also could not tell if someone had hit him or not! At the very least, there was harrassment! Talk about LIES!

  • Guest

    You guys are so full of it! I watched your proof, over and over, and ….it is out of sync! Last shot of Tobin on fox compared to your shot….He had a hand on or in his face at the same time nothing in the fox clip. Then this guy just disappeared? HMMMM…….You also could not tell if someone had hit him or not! At the very least, there was harrassment! Talk about LIES!

  • Guest

    HA! HA! HA! HA! I didn’t see your post, Nick, until mine was up. Great Progressive “Snarky Minds” think alike!!!

  • http://twitter.com/gwopijon ae

    what’s new about Fox lying? that’s ALL they do!

  • Anonymous

    Well, other news networks stood up for Faux “News” against the White House. I was sorry to hear that, because that meant they considered Faux equivalent to them. It’s not — not when Faux runs video edited to mean the opposite of what actually happened (ex. Shirley Sherrod); identified scandal-ridden Republicans and Democrats; and reversed poll numbers, as Brian Kilmeade recently did, to show more people supported Gov. Walker’s attempts to eliminated collective bargaining, when 61 percent of people polled SUPPORT collective bargaining. Other news networks work hard to make sure they present the facts of events. Faux works hard to make sure the Republican viewpoint looks good, even if it means LYING. I am glad Faux was found to have lied AGAIN — and protester did NOT.

  • Eyeball_Kid

    Please! Let’s stop grinding away at the Teabaggers. Just leave them alone to do what they do best. Teabagging.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Doge of Yettis

    i know…it’s a fluffington post link, but it’s the only place it’s at…GO CANADA!…

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
    Regulators Reject Proposal That Would Bring Fox-Style News to Canada
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-f-kennedy-jr/fox-news-will-not-be-moving-into-canada-after-all_b_829473.html

  • Fedupin10

    Budget announcement is today at 4 pm. And of course, these Thugs will try to create the illusion of support.

  • Fedupin10

    The US taught them everything they know.

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    Possibly, but I’ve not be ‘uncivil’ now have I?

  • Eyeball_Kid

    Tobin is immersed in a bit of “Anderson Cooper Envy”. Cooper was the guy who was truly assaulted in Egypt. Or maybe Tobin is somewhat smitten because he wasn’t attacked in the same manner as Laura Logan. Life as a FNC reporter gets pretty lonely, I’d imagine. Mr. Tobin wants some nitty gritty bona fides, but can’t find the mustard in Madison. So he calls French’s a jar of horseradish.

  • Fedupin10
  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    I can redundant and annoying too

  • http://www.notanothergirlblogger.blogspot.com Patience

    I can be annoying and redundant too!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    So, they yell, “Fox News lies”, the reporters get up in arms about this and they, and all conservative Fox followers take it so personally, that they started LYING about the aggressiveness of the protesters. It’s like….poetic!

  • Cletus

    OMG, How did this not get posted as a top news story this and last week??? Oh, I guess that is a rhetorical question…

    Thanks for sharing it, though, MYMY!

  • Fedupin10

    Probably is the same guy.

  • bonkerslite

    “Boohoo! These protesters hate freedom! They say FoxNews lies! Well, I never!”

    [Proceeds to lie about being assaulted]

    Wimpy, soccer-flopping, lying, FauxNoise jackass. The only good thing about this was the raving that went on at conservative sites about how ‘evil, violent, and thuggish’ unions are. Ooops! Never happened! Off they go to find the next thing to shove into their cry-holes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66CTHINTYLJ36RFRRWW5XUMWW4 shieldvulf

    So, even if there were “harassment,’ which is a judgment call at any time, and here would have to have been accomplished in less than a second, you believe it is legitimate for Tobin to call it a punch? When it was not a punch?

    Talk about desperate, childish rationalization!

  • BrainRagYell

    That civility thing should transfer even to “asshats” on forums, serving you at McD’s without a smile, or scowling at you when they get you your morning paper.

    Civility, good sir, is not a right, it’s a choice, and how one treats another reflects on you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2NPRPRYZC3RF424Y4G4NKPY3FM Anya O

    It works because most Americans are being told what to think and how to feel, but they are never taught how to think (which helps you realize a bullshit story when you hear one).

  • BrainRagYell

    Here’s the story, kitten, as reported by FOX so you know you can trust it.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/21/tea-party-leader-condemns-racial-slurs-hurled-black-lawmakers/

  • jimbowski

    I love when bullies complain that they are being bullied. LMAO!

  • Anonymous

    Always!

  • Anonymous

    What a bunch of effin pussies, mr tough guy reporter thought he was punched, hey come to my neighborhood and I show what a punch feels like

  • Anonymous

    that should read “I’ll show you what a punch feels like”

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I remember you. You were the one complaining that the people at the town-halls were violent, EXCEPT THAT YOU DIDN’T

  • Anonymous

    fuck you asshole

  • Anonymous

    like I said …fuck you asshole

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if any of the commentators on this article actually read the article before posting?

    How do you know the other video tape was being recorded at the same time? I see no proof of that.

    Don’t you people get it, whether Fox lied or not this article and video are a automated response from the so called “Other Side”

    Both Sides do it, one side comes out with a allegation and whether true or not the other side either defends it or says it never happened. Its how it works

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Of course you see no proof because reality is a pain in the ass to teabaggers

  • bob915

    …..so……….a Fox reporter lies about Fox News lying while he is in turn lying…….FOLKS YOU CAN’T EVEN MAKE IT UP

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6BJ56PKHQMYMIH3LYCOQC233I Sidd

    Lying is what Faux news does best. Listening to those lies makes people stupid.

  • Anonymous

    Oh you mean we should believe you, someone that just Said I belong to a group without knowing whether I am or not. Nah that doesn’t show a tendency to believe what you want or of someone that makes huge assumptions based on little or no evidence.

    You prove my point.

  • Tom

    Later Tobin complained of being attacked with tear gas when a protester let rip a juicy silent but deadly fart as he walked by the “reporter”. After that he complained of being attacked with a Molotov cocktail, when a protester lit a cigarette near him.

    But don’t worry you’ll be able to read all about Tobin’s adventures in his new book, “Conservative bravery in the front lines of the class wars, and how it made me into the Kochsucker that I am.”

  • Anonymous

    “…whether Fox lied or not”? I think Fox lying is actually pretty important as it happens often enough that they now have a reputation for it that precedes any “journalism” they may employ. Please show me one alleged liberal newspaper, television news outlet, magazine, etc that lies like Fox does.

  • David R Velasquez

    They love blaming the victims, but they love playing them even more.

  • Anonymous

    There is a big difference between being biased and lying. If Faux News decided not to report on the survey showing that 61% of the people surveyed supported collective bargaining rights, that would be bias. But when Faux reports on the survey but turns the numbers around (saying 61% don’t support collective bargaining rights) that’s lying. Faux has no shame.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/5OQFBZ26C3VQ5ONGZGDBDY4BUU Mark A

    The reporter lied, but a million Fox viewers still believe that he was punched and threatened. Catching them in lies doesn’t matter, because the smear has already been made.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    no,the fuckwad is not pretending,it’s legit,fuckwad is stupid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    He said the guy hit him. Never said, “punch”, which is why it has to be put in quotes because it is a lie.

    I remember when John Lewis claimed Tea Party members spit on him and called him racial epithets.

    There was absolutely no evidence to back that up, but the Progosphere used it as gospel to condemn the Tea Party.

    Oh Progs, the hypocrisy is deep.

  • Anonymous

    What???? People are shouting down Fixed News with cries of “FOX LIES!!!!”

    They’re actually making it HARDER for Fixed News to misreport the news?

    YESSSSSSSSS!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    Now all we gotta do it get a bunch of people to move into their studios and chant that for a while…like until Rhupert Murdoch is losing so much money that he stops broadcasting his lies.

    Non-violent civil disobedience. Hit ‘em close to home.

  • Anonymous

    FOX LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YCC3HW6LVC3QPODKVLHHXBMD7M Nutball Gazette

    Lies on Fox News??

    That never happened before.

  • Anonymous

    I listened to the tape. The Fox questioner used the words “assault” and “battery” and the Fox guy used the word “punched” (never said “punched?” Is English your third or fourth language?) although he tried to play it down, because, after all, Foxsuckers weren’t the only ones listening.

  • Anonymous

    A Fox “reporter” lying? Shocking, I tell you, absolutely shocking. Next thing you know, they’ll be trying to convince us that water is wet.

  • http://twitter.com/Surreal2me Kristin

    Gosh you are drinkin the Fox koolaide. Link to the spitting and audio of the “N” word breing used by tea partier.

  • http://twitter.com/Surreal2me Kristin
  • Anonymous

    The senators are employing a perfectly legal tactic.
    And please explain “out of control public employees union”. They had previously made concessions on everything, they made even MORE concessions – everything the Tyrant originally had demanded.
    Who is the “out of control” one here?

  • Guest

    “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”
    ~Winston Churchill

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    That’s not John Lewis, genius. And we never found out who the guy who did whatever was.

  • Anonymous

    When are they not making stuff up. Typical Faux.

  • http://www.VimaxReview.com JonnyForever

    The Fox Lies Network.

    FOX LIES. FOX LIES. FOX LIES! That’s all that needs to be said. Everything they say is a distortion.

  • Guest

    If you are going to go through the trouble of quoting someone, use quotes and your posts will be easier to follow and who knows, maybe you will change a few minds.

    Oh who am I kidding??

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    Maybe you Fox News reporters should stick to covering talents shows at the local kindergarten where you won’t get so roughed up. What a bunch of wimps. I’ve never seen so much whining over nothing in my life.

  • Anonymous
  • tsuki

    Another Beltway Wanker. The story is about HIM. Every time a cable views spokesperson tries to cover a story, the story get shorted because it is all about THEM.

    Booooorrrrring.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Is anyone actually surprised? After all…this IS the same channel that went into overdrive announcing that gangs of blacks were blocking poll booths around the nation and chasing away whites as part of a mass movement to force the election of Obama…

    …because a lone, silent, motionless black man was videotaped in possession of a stick…and was instructed by police to depart…which he did. End of story.

    Except for the version of the story by conservatives who, despite all the manly chatter, were unable to attend polls nationwide because a lone Negro had acquired dangerous stick-based technology.

    Seriously…Fox has gotta hire a better class of liar…because its gotten really thin lately. When even mainstream press pauses and goes “Uh…no…thats not what happened.” you’ve hit rock bottom.

  • Guest

    I love the part when the studio guy says:

    “why do they express such vitriol for the media?”

    IS HE FN KIDDING?

  • mparker

    WIki Jane Akre. FOX LIES! They admitted as much and
    used this fact to defend themselves in Court.

  • ZiPo

    What a bunch of total pussies. “He’s touching me, he’s touching me, mum” F’n idiots don’t even know when to be embarrassed…

  • Anonymous

    Why the hell would anybody be surprised when one of those jerks from Faux noise lied about something that happened. IT IS FAUX NOISE AFTER ALL. We on the left know what they are, bunch of lying assholes that constantly bend the truth to fit the outlook of Rupert Murdoch. My big problem is that the only place these things are ever said is a few left leaning web sites like here, but never in the “LIBERAL MEDIA”.

  • Guest

    Not sure what you are getting at…EXCEPT THAT YOU DIDN’T???? DIDN’T WHAT? Besides, don’t know how you could remember….something that never happened….

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    More proof that teabaggers are unemployed assholes who sit home all day watching TV.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Here is the video proof of the teabagger spitting on a Democratic congressman, you fuckwad

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/28/congressman-spit-on-by-te_n_516300.html

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Teabaggers = Pussies

  • DesertSun59

    In an appellate court case in FL, it was determined that since Fox is an entertainment network and not an actual news agency, they can LEGALLY lie. The defendant Fox won the case.

  • Anonymous

    You are a troll asshat. Why the hell don’t you go over to redstate and leave us lefties alone?????

  • Anonymous

    The next thing they will say ,, Walker and his crew are working for persons like The Koch Brothers.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Will FNC employees do or say anything for a paycheck?

    How does it feel to be a slave to Neocons Rupert and Ailes?

  • Anonymous

    This clown did NOT get punched. I watched this video a dozen times and I couldn’t see where he thinks someone hit him. Now fox can talk about the violence that broke out in Madison, like Doochy on Fox & Friends this morning. What a load of crap……. fox lies fox lies fox lies fox lies fox lies fox lies fox lies ………….

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Teabaggers bring pistols and rifles to protests and that’s just fine. This teabag propagandist gets touched on the arm, and the Left is considered “violent”. What fucking clowns.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Doc, your post is a non-sequetor. Tea Partiers are protesting taxes because they ARE TAXPAYERS…your crew are on the receiving end of the gravy train. You don’t get that?

  • Anonymous

    Nutcases openly carrying weapons at teabagging rallies are called patriots…
    but average working people peacefully, non violently and non threateningly exercising their right to be heard are painted as thugs by Fox Propaganda.

    Fox Lies, they’re known for it, they do it repeatedly.
    It’s no secret and EVERYONE knows it, at this point.
    They have zero credibility with any honest or rational person.

  • Anonymous

    He’s a Fox reporter, lying is reflex

  • Anonymous

    Remember…

    Every time Fox lies, a kitten dies.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EHJJXSTSSOCXLTSQBUVIDYUF7M Dave

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Yeah look at that article.

    The actual numbers show that more than 99% of the country DOES NOT WATCH FOX NEWS

  • Anonymous

    HAHAHAHA!!!!!! “…the high stakes world of community college instruction!” I know all about that. The hubs did a short stint a few years ago. We were fortunate it paid the petrol expenses. It sure as hell isn’t a living wage. Well, unless you like living in a tent and eating lots of beans.

  • Anonymous

    Haha…then what percentage of the country are NOT watching MSNBC! This was like taking candy from a baby.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FONW6K3ZWV4BU4ZTCDCSZHHH6E Mick Jagger

    FOX always lies…what can we do better to show their own clueless viewers thats what they do? Video video video. Hack them too. I believe people should be protesting on the door step of Sean Hannity.

  • Anonymous

    What a pussy!!

  • Anonymous

    Roger Ailes?
    Is that you?
    You lowlife lying scumbag.

  • Anonymous

    “welfare recipients”
    Spare us the stupid, outdated Reagan talking points.
    It’s 2011, you moron.
    The biggest welfare recipients are the banksters and the Wall Street conmen these days.

  • Anonymous

    sounds like we are the ones getting abused with their constant barage of lies ….

    I mean “mistakes”

    but that just shows what happens when you pay like WalMart!

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    That’s a lot of dead pussy

  • I Voted Obama2012

    Not only that, but if you criticize him on twitter, he will retweet your tweet so his shallow end fans can harass you! True story.

  • http://3chicspolitico.com/ SouthernGirl2

    Fox News has No shame! Lying liars and the lies they tell!

  • http://3chicspolitico.com/ SouthernGirl2

    BWA HA HA HA HA

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    Because they are thin? LOL

  • Anonymous

    “reporter” must be the wrong word, as the term implies repetition of events that have actually occurred. Just call them “porter”s, maybe, as they carry water for Ailes et al?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Fascists all take lessons from dictators. Glenn Beck loves the shit out of Hitler. He can barely conceal his admiration.

  • Anonymous

    But, his mother really did drop him on his head when he was hatched.

  • Alice Mechler

    YEE GODS AND LITTLE FISHES! I watched the clip….and all I can say…it’s worse than anyone thought! For being so technologically advanced, we, as a country, are horribly uneducated and mis/uninformed! And now everyone is wanting to CUT education funding? We should be quadrupling it! Even the ones that looked like they were ‘war babies’ didn’t know how many World Wars there have been. Do we not watch anything but Sponge Bob and King of the Hill? I am appalled. And so should everyone else.

    Thanks for the link Fedupin10.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYACFSCVSJGMXUS7L4FXD5EVGY Sybil

    Pee Pee I love the name it has me rotf and lol. Plus on top of the name you’re funny too.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    Don’t you just love the irony of it: the crowd is chanting “Fox News Lies,” a guy touches him and he says, “That guy just hit me….” Heh.

  • Anonymous

    but that wuz jus the gubmint- we pay them.

  • CONspiracyMeisterBekkk

    Oh My, the poor little conservative propagandist for Fake News was brushed by a protester and claims he was assaulted. Maybe reporting is just too dangerous for these little wussies?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RMUERDTJSAD3TT5UGDSVPEZ3TM Shellius

    Of course their “reporter” lied. All that comes out of FOX News is lies and propaganda. Lies and lies and lies. And notice they are now saying what “haters” people who want their rights are.

    As far as I’m concerned, FOX News deserves all the hate they can get. Nothing wrong with hating evil.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Only a Faux journalist sees a “punch” when Santa gives him a friendly pat on the shoulder.

    More entertaining is reading all the fake “outraged” comments by paid propagandists on that website.

    I just am curious: do you Koch-sucking clowns get paid by the day, hour, or post?

    Either way, you need to “take it up a notch” and be much less obvious…..”minimum wage propaganda”: only an assclown conservative thinks that a smart strategy.

  • Anonymous

    “Your winnings, sir.”

  • Anonymous

    If Tobin says liberal fairies molested him with foo-foo dust and an ice cream dildo on camera in Madison, 99.9% of Fox viewers would “see it” happen. They will see what they want to see.

    Dumber than TWO bags of hammers.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you read that report on the lack of critical thinking being taught to university students, didn’t you? Gee, you paid attention?

    You minority you.

  • Anonymous

    I never get why it’s a defense to FOX’s lies to say “FOX has higher ratings.” As Dave points out, the vast majority of Americans don’t watch it at all. I am one of them. That doesn’t mean my alternative is MSNBC — I READ. That’s what smart people do. Or, smart people who do get info from TV also get it from other sources. Why not compare all of the ways people get information to FOX News? Your argument is so illogical that it can only come from a FOX viewer. Basically you’re saying, “We attract more sheep than every other network, therefore we’re better! Hah hah!”

    Not to mention the fact that FOX is more widely distributed on basic cable, whereas MSNBC is offered in far fewer markets and at a higher price. So, if you really want to make your case, weight the viewership by distribution.

  • Anonymous

    So true, and well said. These people are so determined to believe what they want. Don’t they know? Truth has a liberal bias. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I refer to Rupert’s on-air talking heads as “Journaltainers”, but even that goes too far by implying that “journalism” is part of what they do.

    Proga-Tainers would be more apt, but doesn’t have the same roll off the tongue effect.

    Why does Rupert Murdoch HATE America?

  • Anonymous

    Sheesh.
    “Propa-tainers” that would be.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    The Faux propagandists keep stating that the protesters don’t like them because Faux offers a different “point of view”. If they were actually a news network, they shouldn’t be giving a point-of-view….they should be reporting. Idiots.

  • Anonymous

    wait wait wait… so your telling me that Fox News hires liars? What evidence are you basing this on? Oh. Nice try Raw…Nice try.

  • Guest

    mike tobin is so full of shit i believe he has hemmroids. poor baby, complaining about his reporting from the crowd yelling “fox lies.” at him. engaging in debates with the crowd instead of reporting the “fox” version of the news. then complaining about being touched. they should have slugged that guy by hitting him with his own mike. trying to make news instead of reporting it. very professional!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VIII2XPU4HUPLANTLEJGSYN7A jARED

    FOX just sent a guy out and said, “Find a way to claim you were injured or attacked.” They probably pay bonuses to the most covered stories.

    Believers will always believe what they believe. Having a TV network willing to concoct evidence to support their desires is just convenient.

  • Anonymous

    As the billionaire’s war on working Americans more and more apparent, they will lie more and more,
    not less.

    There is no plan ‘B’ at Fox Lies.

  • Anonymous

    They should send that wimp to Libya where he can learn to become an actual journalist,
    instead of a professional liar.

  • Scuby

    ” Maybe it wasn’t a tap, maybe it was a punch”
    ———————————————————————
    Uh….Maybe you should WATCH THE VIDEO AGAIN!! A tap is a tap is a tap.
    You can sit around and say “well maybe it was a punch” till the cows come home,
    but it’s still just going to be a tap. Oh, and on the civility thing…I don’t care what
    Obama called for. When people shove me…I shove back.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you. It is the LIberal posters here that always attribute election losses to the mighty power of Fox to brainwash the public. They cannot admit that thier polices might, god forbid, be rejected.

  • Anonymous

    Outrageous! Arrest the usual suspects!

    Fake News strikes again… like Wile E. Coyote and his ACME catapult….

    Leland R. Erickson

    Citizen

  • Anonymous

    He hit him? LOL! What a jerk.

  • Anonymous

    Check out this blatantly censored video on Fox Nation. Alex Jones was on the View and mentioned World Trade Center 7. They had the audacity to edit out the word “seven” so he appeared to be saying “World Trade Centers”.

    It is the most blatant censorship I have seen from Fox, actually altering the content to keep people from knowing about the 47 story elephant in the living room, WTC 7.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/view/2011/02/28/all-hell-breaks-loose-view-after-911-truther-cuts-loose

  • Budzilla

    I am dumbfounded. (a little pun there) I don’t know what to say.

  • Budzilla

    The ones that really threw me were the comments about the Viet Nam war and Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • Anonymous

    As expected, you completely missed the point. Why do you feel as though popularity excuses FOX News from spreading lies? Fast food is extremely popular, at one time smoking was quite popular — but neither is good for individuals or society. If their (correct spelling) lies act like a cancer that spreads throughout the MSM (see ACORN) and society in general, people don’t have to actually watch it to be affected.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GMONWJ5YEAUTI3MIRGEWG66WSE gillaroo

    Anyone working for fox news needs to realize there are real risks involved in peddling fascism in the information age.
    Attempting to undermine Democracy has consequences.

  • Budzilla

    Not everything has two sides. The truth tends to be one-sided.

  • maritimer

    Tobin is like all the Fux news “reporters” a lightweight like Steve Dooshbag and the rest. What a drama queen.

  • Budzilla

    “Mighty power of Faux” hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Hatched I thought they we clonned!

  • The Black Ninja

    WoW! Truth be dammed with Fox Noise. These people lie and lie and lie and lie and lie, on and on and on and on.

  • Anonymous

    You are exactly right. However, the research does not show whether people with “authoritarian susceptible” brains are born that way and they naturally congregate or if by watching the Fox channel that part of the brain is exacerbated. If it is the latter, we have a big problem.

  • http://twitter.com/axomamma Axomamma

    The very same people who glorified the teabaggers and who pay Sarah “lamestream media” Palin, among others, are complaining about incivility and disrespect for the media?

    Next you’re going to tell me that Fox News reporters are union members.

    Oh, wait — what?

  • David Wang

    Faux New Lies, nothing new. Its not news, its Fox Fiction.

    But liars go into a “god” complex when they are called out.

    We distort, you comply.

  • Anonymous

    If he didn’t lie, he wouln’t work for Fox. Lying is probably the major item in a Fox job description. Whenever a Fox commentator speaks a simply grin and shake my head. Fox commentators make Pinnoccio seem like George Washington.

  • Anonymous

    Did you even watch the video you linked to? Turn up the volume – seconds before he says “pardon me, this guy’s making threats now”, you can hear the guy say “and then I’m gonna break his neck.”
    Starting about 11 or 12 seconds in. Just turn up the volume as much as you need.

    In fairness, I suppose he could be threatening to murder someone else.

  • Anonymous

    Canada can’t even allow FOX NEWS in their Country without repealing a centuries old law forbidding bias and distorted news. FOX does lie, on purpose, and is not a credible news agency. By calling them “they” and “them” you set up an “us vs. they” which your base must like, but is not real NEWS.

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