Fox News claims anti-fees protests were “rebellion against big government”

Rupert Murdoch's Fox News has again been caught misrepresenting video footage, claiming the anti-fees protests were a "rebellion against big government".

Those who are familiar with Rupert Murdoch’s US news channel Fox News will notice that the conservative-leaning television channel often provides a right-wing outlook on current events. Whilst operating under the claim to be ‘fair and balanced’, accusations of Barack and Michelle Obama’s ‘terrorist fist bump’ and apocalyptic assessments of the President’s first 100 days in office seemed more like a propaganda movement than serious news. This approach has continued to the present day.

Whilst Americans have come to expect Fox’s style of news reporting, Friday’s edition of Fox News’s “Special Report” was particularly concerning. That was because this time they were talking about Britain.

In a segment described as ‘Yankee Rebellion Resonates in Ye Olde England’, Fox reported that Great Britain is following the lead of the United States in embracing the ‘Tea Party’ ideology.

Within the report at around the 23-second mark, the Fox voiceover explains that:

“…a new rebellion against big Government and high taxes is resonating in Ye Olde England…”

There followed a series of soundbites from Matthew Sinclair, representing the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Whilst arguing the point that in fact the British people are increasingly for smaller government and cuts they use footage of a protest march to illustrate their point.

It is only used for a matter of seconds, however if one examines the video the protesters are in fact marching against education cuts and increased tuition fees which arguably are a direct contrast to what Fox reported.

The video handed the misrepresentation legitimacy, meaning the 99 per cent of viewers who would not have noticed what the banners and placards of the protesters actually said would have believed they were Tea Party activists.

As well as addressing UKIP and the EDL – the latter described as a ‘nationalistic group upset about immigration’ – Fox issues a glowing report on the comparisons between the TaxPayers’ Alliance and its American counterparts.

Watch it in full:

Whilst many might ask why this is of any relevance to British people it must be remembered Fox is the number one cable news channel in America, with millions of viewers watching every day for their dosage of what many consider real news. Clearly, this could have been a video error if there were currently thousands of people protesting in the streets of Westminster in favour of bigger public spending cuts, however this is not the case.

Although Fox is the sister station of Sky News there is no evidence to suggest its British counterpart has been involved in the same ‘massaging’ of video footage. What it does suggest is that Fox should be not only more careful with their footage, but also more honest in their reporting.

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372 Responses to “Fox News claims anti-fees protests were “rebellion against big government””

  1. Nikki Butler

    @FoolEnglish Yes, they used student protest footage and claimed it was a UK Tea Party rally. http://bit.ly/gOY5B0

  2. Julian Harding

    Fox News madness. Please don't let Murdoch buy Sky… http://bit.ly/eBUNF7

  3. Bill Friar

    UK students protest gov funding cuts. Fox News says it was protest in favour of cutting gov http://bit.ly/gOY5B0 (via @niknoks1980)

  4. JP

    A.
    Get.
    Grip.

    Rearrange to get a well known phrase. Seriously, don’t be so ridiculous. When compared to some of the other stuff on the channel – yes I’m looking at you Glenn Beck – that was positively award-winning journalism.

  5. Hannah Bain

    FoxNews claim student protesters = "UK TeaParty": http://bit.ly/gOY5B0 <Thought I already hated FoxNews as much as poss. I stand corrected.

  6. Mark Morton

    O..M..G.. RT @AnnieGoss This is beyond ridiculous http://bit.ly/g0VrlA #foxnews #lies #uk #students #protests

  7. 3PennyPublishing.com

    RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government": http://bit.ly/gOY5B0

  8. mike hartley

    Daniel Finklestein was cut off in the middle of saying “issues such as…”. What’s the betting he actually said “such as the excesses of the banking sector”.

    That wouldn’t fit with Fox’s line though…

  9. Keri

    Fox News claims anti-fees protests were “rebellion against big government” http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 Stupid tw@ts.

  10. Walton Pantland

    RT @ocicat_bengals: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were “rebellion against big government” http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 Stupid tw@ts.

  11. Joe Mahon

    @hubbit @UCLOccupation No media coverage in the US? Actually, Fox News had a pretty interesting take on the protests: http://is.gd/i0cu3

  12. Paul -Axl- Askew

    Fox News turn their particular style of obnoxiousness to England (via my mate Euan who I thought was on Twitter.) http://bit.ly/dFXuc0

  13. Lucia

    I've genuinely never seen anything so brazen (I know it's Fox News but STILL!): http://bit.ly/hFLZhM Via @misteraxl #dayx2 #demo210

  14. Simon Best

    Dear Fox News, the protestors you show in this piece are not actually marching in favour of tax cuts, you idiots http://bit.ly/eBUNF7

  15. Robert Foot

    Fox News seem blissfully unaware that most UK citizens think that the Tea Party is a bunch of loonies. http://bit.ly/eBUNF7

  16. Anna-Lujz Gilbert

    RT @rob_foot: Fox News seem blissfully unaware that most UK citizens think that the Tea Party is a bunch of loonies. http://bit.ly/eBUNF7

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  18. Mat M

    Doubt my US followers are Fox News fans but this was not protest about big government, it was anti-cuts http://tinyurl.com/2dzo2ss #wankers

  19. Richard Partington

    Absolute disgrace. Fox News claims anti-fees student protests were 'rebellion against big government' :http://bit.ly/fKP2gT

  20. Robert Mackey

    RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government": http://bit.ly/gOY5B0

  21. Mike Mantin

    Oh Fox News, the student protests were not "a rebellion against big government". http://bit.ly/dFXuc0

  22. David Allen

    Love that Fox News calls people with socialist worker placards 'Tea Party style campaigners against big government' http://bit.ly/f6ysUJ

  23. blogs of the world

    Rupert Murdoch's Fox News has again been caught misrepresenting video footage, claiming th… http://reduce.li/brmvnn #were

  24. Sam Phillips

    @stopbeck Look at how your media misrepresents us: http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 #foxlies

  25. V

    RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government" http://bit.ly/gfcWnF

  26. Harriet Market

    RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government" http://bit.ly/gfcWnF

  27. Keith Williams

    RT @OtherTPA: TPA hate it when left compare them to far-right groups like EDL. So here's Fox News doing it instead http://bit.ly/f6ysUJ

  28. No2EDL

    RT @OtherTPA: TPA hate it when left compare them to far-right groups like EDL. So here's Fox News doing it instead http://bit.ly/f6ysUJ

  29. Sam Wolfson

    And again, Fox News using footage of student protests and racists as evidence for a "British Tea Party Movement" http://bit.ly/dFXuc0

  30. Steve Granville

    I am a 60 year old man who was on the last 2 demos…I did give out mince pies and cups of chai tea from my thermos to cold kettled young people. Tax the rich & the banks..bring our heroes back from Afghanistan..we can aford to pay for education.Fight every cut!

  31. Chris Roberts

    RT @UELOccupation10: RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government" http://bit.ly/gfcWnF

  32. vitoria

    RT @UELOccupation10: RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government" http://bit.ly/gfcWnF

  33. Finola Kerrigan

    RT @UELOccupation10: RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government" http://bit.ly/gfcWnF

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  35. David Landon Cole

    @LiberalViewer You might want to look at this example of Fox News bias http://bit.ly/dFXuc0

  36. regretfull-libdem swansea uni

    Excuse me, anon E mouse, how dare you make such a wildly divisive and stilited comment. I go to university, I had freinds on the (peacefull) march, and I would have gone but my uni ran out of places on the bus, but none of these education cuts effect my year, they’ll come in after we, hopefully, graduate. its not the middle classes this wil hurt most its those on lower incomes. the point of the march was to inform the idiologically driven government that the cuts they are proposing will prevent many of those who diserve to go to university and but afford it from doing so. They are selling the country’s future for 60 pieces of silver to line their slimey pockets.
    on the subject of fox, i have no idea how they can be allowed to get away with something like this, it was so blatant, their either stupid or their arrogant enough to think those listning are. and to liken a student protest to the BNP and to refer to them in such mild terms is just insulting.

  37. Mvelase

    Fox is beyond brazen… Fox Tries To Sell UK Student Fees Protests As UK Tea Party "rebellion against big govt." http://bit.ly/hsEe26

  38. K-K-K-Karan

    Fox news portrays student protesters as "Tea Party activists" http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 #demo2010 #foxnews #twats

  39. Compound Controller

    RT @kay_ran: Fox news portrays student protesters as "Tea Party activists" http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 #demo2010 #foxnews #twats / no fucking idea

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  41. Gareth C

    RT @kay_ran: Fox news portrays student protesters as "Tea Party activists" http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 #demo2010 #foxnews #twats

  42. Brian Moylan

    @yorkierosie @MaizeyR : They've tried to "reinterpret" (spin) the protests: http://bit.ly/eBUNF7 see the vid featuring a tax avoiders spksmn

  43. Russ

    That clip is unreal: the signs clearly read “No Cuts” i.e. students in favour of keeping gvt. the same size and/or increasing its size.

    Matthew Sinclair is a disingenuous buffon.

  44. Russ

    Perhaps they edited his comments in a somewhat sneaky manner, but even taking this into account: he is a disingenuous buffoon (and not a buffon as previously claimed by some).

  45. Berfrois

    RT @leftfootfwd: Fox News claims anti-fees protests were "rebellion against big government": http://bit.ly/gOY5B0

  46. Max Stephens

    footage of student protests shown in video about the "British tea party movement" according to fox news!?! http://tinyurl.com/2dzo2ss

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