Here’s a video of a Fox “news” producer rallying a crowd off camera at the 9/12 protest. Follow the links above for longer versions of both the behind the scene shot of the producer hyping up the crowd and of the clip as it looked to Fox “news” viewers.
The only shocking thing about this is that it’s not particularly shocking. Could anyone honestly be surprised by this?
The producer first ducks out of the shot when she realizes she’s being filmed. She continues waving her arm at the crowd even while crouching and trying to stay out of view but then stop even trying to hide and stands back up, all the while still rallying the people behind the reporter.
Here’s what the Huffington Post reports about the reaction of Fox “News”
“The employee is a young, relatively inexperienced associate producer who realizes she made a mistake and has been disciplined,” Bryan Boughton, Fox News Channel Washington Bureau Chief told the Huffington Post.
I suspect if she was “disciplined,” it was not for rallying the crowd, but for getting caught doing it on film.
The Fox “news reporter” starts his segment praising the diversity of the crowd, including saying “…they’re black, they’re white…” You can watch a lot of video of the protest, including on Fox and CSPAN and still see few — if any — non white protesters.
At the end of the clip, the “news reporters” tells Glenn Beck that the crowd credits him”
“This is, as best [as] I can describe it, a absolute grassroots movement. And this is an uprising. We’re at the beginning of a political movement. And the credit you.”
As Media Matters notes, Fox
News was hyping the 9/12 protest heavily.
And they are now running ads criticizing other outlets for not also hyping the 9/12 protest.