O’Reilly uses video from California to call Wisconsin protesters ‘violent’

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 14:34 EDT
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In the wake of one Fox News reporter apparently lying about being “punched” by a “hate filled” protester in Wisconsin, some media outlets appear to have been too quick to label another Fox misappropriation as outright deception.

In a segment broadcast during last night’s O’Reilly Factor, the same reporter who falsely claimed he’d been assaulted sat for an interview with the conservative opinion host, who played various footage from the protests on the wall behind them.

In one of those videos, which were earlier identified as having come from “all over the country,” man wearing a jacket with union references pushes another man twice before police step in between the two. Nobody was injured in the incident, but a tea party protesters said his throat was hurting from one of the shoves.

However, when the clip rolled during the O’Reilly segment, it was not clearly identified as having taken place in Sacramento, California, during Saturday’s mass civil actions against union-busting legislation. The conversation that was taking place at the time, however, was aimed at Wisconsin, which has been remarkably peaceful for such a large, sustained protest.

While it’s not an outright lie as the earlier claim of violence appeared to be, it’s not exactly forthcoming either. Then again, neither are some of today’s rebuttals appearing across the Internet.

The video has been clearly identified on other Fox News programs and across conservative media, which has latched on to the incident to prop up an idea that union workers are violent.

A separate incident, where a man pushed a camera out of his face, was also treated as a significant ordeal by conservative media, claiming that a “violent leftist union thug” had “assaulted” a young girl.

That girl was a volunteer with FreedomWorks, an advocacy group run by former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey and funded by the tea party financiers at Koch Industries, trying to record conversations with demonstrators supportive of union rights.

She claimed to be unharmed.

This video is from Fox News boroadcast Feb. 28, 2011, as snipped by Talking Points Memo.

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

    You can’t really blame O’Reilly for relying on the Fox map of the USA which shows Wisconsin on the Pacific coast between Mexico and Oregon.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Well FUX, if you set the standard, of COURSE, the reaction will be: You lied once, you lied a thousand times, you still will lie. Even here you lied. I was at the Sacto rally. It was non-violent. The one incident with the shoving, the union protest people were being guided through a TEAdiot phalanx blocking the crosswalks where the protesters were going. Police were protecting them from the TEAdiots and this man in white had been infiltrating the union protest all along. He broke through the police protection to harass the union protesters. TEAdiots will try to incite violence as even Guv Walker considered. We need to crush the TEA Party like a used teabag.

  • Anonymous

    What a fucking loon! How many progressives here are “professional leftwingers”? Is it a profession now?

    I’d say more but I’m in the middle of laughing attack!

  • Anonymous

    Fox is winning!

    The race into irrelevancy!

    Can’t wait to SNL

  • Guest

    Are LIES-FOR-PROPAGANDA and Freedom of Speech the same? HOW THE FUCK can the FCC or somebody NOT make them STOP THIS SHIT???!!!

  • Anonymous

    I thought it was proof of global warming. Snow last week in Madison had melted and palm trees spouting up in a matter of days.

  • DriveBy

    Mission “The intelligence and the facts will be fixed around the policy” continues.
    Remember: http://downingstreetmemo.com/memos.html ?

    Fox News lies because that’s what they do at Fox News. You didn’t expect anything new from them did you?

  • Anonymous

    Breaking News: And it is finally some good news!

    ” This morning citizens from around [Wisconsin] took the first steps by filing recall papers against key Republican Senators who have stood with Scott Walker and pushed his partisan power grab that will strip thousands of middle class teachers, nurses, librarians and other workers of their right to collective bargaining. And we learned just last night that their disastrous budget that will cut millions from our schools and universities. . . .

    “Make no mistake, these Republican Senators are vulnerable to recall for their radical partisan overreach. Senator Randy Hopper won his last election by just 184 votes. And Alberta Darling won her last race by only 1,007. By recalling just three of the eight Senators [Democrats] are targeting, [Democrats] can regain control of the Senate.”

    “Under Wisconsin law, supporters of this recall effort now have 60 days to collect an amount of signatures ‘equal to at least 25% of the vote cast for the office of governor at the last election within the same district or territory as that of the officeholder being recalled.’ The amount of signatures necessary to trigger a recall will vary from district to district, but will range from about 15,000 to 21,000 signatures per recalled senator.”

    This is from http://thinkprogress.org

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NO4EXXA4CF5SCNMNNV4UX2WK6Y Scott

    The right has a hard time not projecting its own behavior on others. They employ professional rightwingers to go to protests(Koch busses, brooks brothers riots et al), and also to post on message boards etc. They have to pay to poison the collective thought, because they know that they can’t sell their policies on merit to anyone but the top 1% of income ‘earners’. And even then, it only sells to those that don’t understand the implications of said policy or they must not have any sense of empathy and be total sociopaths.

    Projection is a psychological tool used constantly by the right-wing to diffuse any argument against them doing the same thing they accuse the other side of doing…

    Its the type of thing they were doing when they hyperventilated about ACORN registering too many people and committing voter fraud, while at the same time they were kicking people off the voter rolls using illegal or at least somewhat banned techniques(caging),thereby committing election fraud. Another example is that with the house now under GOP control, they gripe that the Democrats are not letting the majority rule, while the GOP has just nearly doubled the record of Filibusters in the Senate since Obama took office, meaning 41% of senators(representing way less than that in population %) ruled the debate and shaped the policy that they voted against anyway the whole time.

  • http://itsrobertsfault.blogspot.com/ LiberalTexasDemocrat

    FOX News gives their viewers what they want. If it means they have to lie a bit here, stretch the truth a bit there, it’s what they do.

  • Anonymous

    Fox lies….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NO4EXXA4CF5SCNMNNV4UX2WK6Y Scott

    The FCC won’t stop them, because it is part of a corporatist organization(US government) which supports corporatist policies that this station promotes…

  • Anonymous

    Well, Fox shows once again that they do not investigate news. They just make it up as they go. If they don’t like the picture, they change the location, and then if they are caught, they feign ignorance. As we all know this is not a news network. It is propaganda, and not even well done propaganda. Impossible to watch and more difficult to believe. They want to create video illusions of Fox Truth. What can be done.

  • FieryLocks

    Oh yeah, Fox lies and the other so called ‘news media’ outlets follow lock step. Anyone who watches Fox knowing that they outright blatantly lie is the lowest form of pond scum. No wonder we have Tea Tards out there.


  • gypski®

    Does anybody still pay attention to O’Really?? He’d be better off going back to the Inside Edition. He told the truth back then.

  • Guest

    “Does anybody still pay attention to O’Really??”

    Unfortunately…yes. He has turned a couple of my best friends’ brains to mush and I’m sure there are millions out there in Idiotville than eat his tripe like…well…tripe.

  • Anonymous

    As if FAUX would ever air anything that supports the theory of anthropic climate change.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s some damn violence for you O’Reilly cover this you ignorant bastard:

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents…The boys, who were 9 to 15 years old, were attacked on Tuesday in what amounted to one of the war’s worst cases of mistaken killings by foreign-led forces.

    This is real violence Bill and this is the violence that you and the rest of your fanatical Fox Family of Friends rabidly and incessantly support. In fact, you have called anyone who doesn’t support this kind of violence, anti-American and worse. So you and your stupid partner there can take your fake and false outrage at people trying to secure a decent living for themselves and their families and eat it, because when ot comes to real violence against children, you never have a damn thing to say about it!

    Full story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/asia/03afghan.html?hp

  • Anonymous

    You are correct but what you have stated “WORKS”.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Whatever Fox is doing, it ain’t working.

    NBC/WSJ poll: 62% against stripping public employees’ bargaining rights

    Mark Murray writes:Strong majorities of Americans say they are comfortable with states requiring their employees to pay more for their retirement and health care to balance state budget deficits, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
    But the public is adamantly against eliminating public employees’ collective-bargaining rights — as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is pursuing.
    In the poll, a whopping 68 percent find it acceptable requiring public employees to contribute more of their pay for retirement benefits; 63 percent are fine with requiring these employees to pay more for their health-care benefits; and 58 percent are OK with freezing public employees’ salaries for one year.
    But just 33 percent say it’s acceptable — and 62 percent say it’s unacceptable — to eliminate these employees’ collective-bargaining rights as way to deal with state budget deficits.
    In addition, 77 percent believe that public employees have the same collective-bargaining rights (when it comes to health care, pensions, and other benefits) that union employees who work for private companies have.
    The entire poll — which was conducted Feb. 24-28, and which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points — will be released at 6:30 pm ET.


  • Anonymous

    They stop them in Canada. Its against the law to lie or spread propaganda on the news.
    Bring back “the fairness docrine(sp)”

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    REAGAN: Ever since martial law was brutally imposed last December, Polish authorities have been assuring the world that they’re interested in a genuine reconciliation with the Polish people. But the Polish regime’s action yesterday reveals the hollowness of its promises. By outlawing Solidarity, a free trade organization to which an overwhelming majority of Polish workers and farmers belong, they have made it clear that they never had any intention of restoring one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union


    How awkward….

  • Anonymous

    Of course the damn republicans are going to mislead, exaggerate or just plain lie, as that is all they have to offer!
    When was the last time a republican told the truth? I really don’t think the faux news watchers really want the truth. They like the world they see through that rosy glass that cover the faux news commentators.

  • http://bestvpnforyou.com/ user4574

    Fox News has really become like an unfunny version of The Onion. Totally fake news minus the humor.

  • Anonymous

    & what does that tell you about fox-viewers? Its sad

  • Anonymous

    And these Murdoch whores wonder why everyone calls them liars? Well, OK, they know they’re lying.

    The “violence on the left” line’o bull is repeated endlessly by the internet trolls. They’re desperate to change the subject away from the most extreme domestic violence in America today, the lunatic fringe right wing.
    This classic projection is weak, but we’re talking Fox, so no wonder. But so sad to see propaganda work, Fox fans have got to be some of the dumbest humans ever.

  • Anonymous

    Bill O’Reilly, lies go in, lies go out, never a miscommunication.

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

    Why Fascist News CONTINUES to make “mistakes”!

    “The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money and more power.

    They claim to be superpatriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjugation”

    Vice President Henry Wallace

  • Guest

    I’ve always thought Canada was a step up from this corporate corruption; although, not “squeaky clean” either.

  • yvonneo

    If there’s violence at any of these protests in the next few days( and they’ve been quite peaceful thus far), it will be the teabagger thugs that will be the instigators. I read recently that there are plans in place to bus in a bunch of teabaggers (possibly as soon as Thursday) to Wisconsin whose express intent is to incite violence (that they no doubt intend to turn around and blame on the Union protesters to make them out to be a bunch of violent union thugs). So everyone just needs to stay cool, keep a wary eye out for the teabagger troublemakers and try to document their thuggish behavior. Don’t give those kochsuckers any ammunition that could be used to discredit or demonize the Unions and/or the protesters (it is of little concern to the hate-filled teabaggers that the Union supporting protesters are simply exercising their constitutional rights). And if the teabagger thugs get out of line and become physically threatening, just seek out a few of those Union-supporting cops to deal with the situation. But don’t get suckered into stooping to the teatards’ knuckle-dragging level.

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

    O’Racist proves Global Warming is real! Look at the warm weather and palm trees in Wisconsin in March!!

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

    In summary, the protester are correct:


  • http://www.youtube.com/user/AnotherBrotherMark AnotherBrotherMark

    Now he can start his own gig to go up against Olbermann for whoever needs to tune into their trash.

  • RottenJohnny

    See what happens when all these people get addicted to Koch? Reality turns into whatever they think it is. O’Reilly thinks anybody protesting is violent, and exercising ones first amendment rights is plain wrong. I suggest interdiction with a full compliment of liberal and progressive philosophical classes, paid for by fox entertainment.

  • iRead

    Bill-o, such a tough talker. But in reality, he’s a fucking pussy of the first order.
    He was sooooo tough with the kid who lost his father on 9/11, but here we see what a fright working people give him.
    Me, at 130 soaking wet and rocks in me pockets, would happily stomp a mud-hole in his fat, lazy ass…any day, anywhere, any rules.

    You only scare your dim-witted, rube audience, Bill-o. The rest of us laugh.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how mediaite.com blows this “lie” nonsense out of the water: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/no-fox-news-did-not-lie-with-wisconsin-palm-tree-violent-protest-video/

    “While, in the 43-second clip that’s being linked to on YouTube, it does look like Fox News lied, but watching the entire segment for context makes it clear that they did not.”

    Good god, you lefties are so lame. Grow up!