Another Drudge Lie About Fox Olympic Story

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Lies, Media

The headline reads: FOX-TV CHICAGO ORDERED NOT TO RUN ANTI-OLYMPICS STORY

Here’s the reality….

  1. The story already ran. The debate was whether or not to rerun it.
  2. From Drudge’s own story…
    The Chicago Olympic Committee told FOX Chicago that its broadcast “would harm Chicago’s chances” to be awarded the games.

    The station’s news director ordered staff to hold fire after the report aired once last Thursday morning, claims a source.

    In other words, it was an internal decision. Still, you might be saying, “But there was external pressure.” Yes, this is called public relations. This happens every single day in numerous different ways. But, again, the story had already run so the newsworthiness of running it a second time was obviously questionable.

  3. At least one high profile right wing blog is trying to tie it to Obama for this…Malkin:
    In our latest edition of Olympics Crony Watch…the silencing of dissent. Hey, it’s the Chicago way.

    Drudge reports that WFLD-TV has been ordered not to broadcast an anti-Olympics segment again.

    Meanwhile, as I noted last week, the president himself will now join cronies Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama to personally lobby in Copenhagen for Chicago’s bid.

    Note Malkin says ordered, which is a lie. Also, saying that this is a “crony” watch and then lumping the President’s visit in with this story by calling him, his wife and his adviser a crony…nice touch Michelle.

Ahhh, yet another day in the blogosphere paradise…


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3 Responses to “Another Drudge Lie About Fox Olympic Story”

  1. Doug Mataconis Says:

    Where did Drudge get it wrong ?

    The station held back on reruning the story after the people trying to get the Olympics to the city said it would “harm” the effort.

    It’s a real story. People in Chicago aren’t necessarily thrilled about bringing the Olympics there, any more than people in DC were when someone had the boneheaded idea of trying to bring them here. And, there’s real evidence that host cities end up losing money on these deals.

    And they decided to drop the story.

    That doesn’t really seem like hard-nosed journalism to me.

  2. Justin Gardner Says:

    Come on Doug…

    They weren’t “ordered” to not run it. They were persuaded by the committee to not rerun it. Again, we all have the right to call up a news station and talk to the editors and give our side of the story. This is what PR people do. And Drudge knows this, but he’s attempting to act as if Obama is somehow involved. Pretty transparent and factually wrong.

  3. giantslor Says:

    Drudge got it wrong by giving it screaming headline placement in order to imply that it was Obama who ordered the station not to run the story. If Obama weren’t the President, this wouldn’t even be a story, let alone one in 128-pt font with blaring sirens on the side. But because Obama’s the president, suddenly it’s a conspiracy. Sorry, that’s a lie.

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