Fox alters photos of New York Times reporters
Fox News's morning show crew apparently is a little thin-skinned when they're reminded of the network's sagging ratings.
While still No. 1 among total viewers, Fox's prime-time lineup is essentially tied with CNN for viewers in the advertiser-coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic. New York Times media reporter Jacques Steinberg pointed this out last week.
In response, the Fox & Friends dynamic duo of Steve Doocy and the other guy called in the wahmbulance and accused the Times of perpetrating a hit-job on their rarefied network. Just whining wasn't enough for the pair, though, as Media Matters pointed out.
The network digitally altered photos of Steinberg and his boss Steven Reddicliffe to uglify the offending journos. Steinberg's nose, chin and ears were enlarged, and Reddicliffe was given a more pronounced receeding hairline; both men's teeth appear to have been yellowed, as well.
The oh-so-clever Fox folks also displayed a mockup of Steinberg's face on a poodle's body on a leash being held by Reddicliffe. Steinberg was supposed to be his "attack dog," get it?
Perhaps Doocy and Co. would be better off just sticking with the New York Post.
Media Matters released the following comparisons of the photos with their originals:
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast July 2, 2008.