Fox News Edits Union Speech To Sound Like It Incites Violence


Fox News steps even further away from its alleged existence as a “news source,” continuing to play up comments of union president James Hoffa, Jr. at an opening speech for President Barack Obama at yesterday’s Labor Day rally in Detroit, Michigan.  Fox News is claiming that Hoffa was “inciting violence” by advocating Democrats and union members “take these sons of bitches out,” referring to Congressional Republicans.  But, as always, the truth lays in the parts of the quote that the channel edited out of the speech rather than what they chose to highlight.

As Media Matters for America points out, the clip being used by Fox is very obviously cut, removing the remarks right before the “sons of bitches” sentence.  Fox News reporters themselves are on record as admitting the full quote was “Everybody here’s got to vote. If we go back and keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong! Thank you very much!”  Rather than the call to violence Fox News anchors and spokespeople are claiming, it was actually a call to vote.  But that’s not stopping the propaganda machine from saying otherwise. “When a union president says ‘Let’s take these sons of bitches out’ it usually means somebody’s legs are gonna get broken, somebody’s going to disappear,” one Republican commentator argued during follow up.

And Fox is continuing to beat its edited video, asking Republicans to weigh in and Democrats to condemn it, even going as far as to criticize DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for not speaking out against Hoffa’s sentence in light of her good friend Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords nearly being assassinated.

If only they cared this much when Sarah Palin was telling Republicans “don’t retreat,  reload.”

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Patti T.
P T6 years ago

SRSLY? Everyone already knows that there is NO news on Fox News! It should be called: "Fox's Opinions" or "Foxy Tea Party News" , etc.
Keep it real for goodness sakes - they are no more what a News Program should be as I am not the "Blessed Mother Mary"!!!!
It's produced, edited, directed, tv personality (wow! what an Oxy Moron huh? - they have No Personalities there) , and watched by Repuds. So why Not just Re-Name it?
It's Their News, not Everyone's News!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

I wonder why Fox's CEO WANTS to give out false ideas instead of facts? What is the purpose behind a "news" organization WANTING to maneuver the truth? Seriously. Wouldn't you want your life's work to be lauded?

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago


Michael R.
Michael R.6 years ago

I looked at the full video and I can tell you that the remarks were not taken out of context and the meaning was not changed. They only showed the violent remarks because that was the part of the story they were discussing. The rest of the speech had to do with jobs. This is just more left-wing hypocracy expecting everyone to drop "hate speech" but them.

Emily M.
Emily M6 years ago

The fact that conservative media outlets have to lie and edit videos to make a point that doesn't exist, while everyone else feels rightful outrage when conservatives' violent rhetoric is played in context, shows that they are not real news reporters. They make up the news. It's like that Simpsons episode when Homer is accused of sexually harassing a babysitter, when he was really peeling a gummy Venus di Milo candy off of the babysitter's bottom. The news shows an edited version of his explanation so that he says "I just wanted to grab her sweet can." And they show the clock in the background with a totally different time on it during each frame of the video, so the video was obviously edited and not continuous. I was probably in elementary school when I first saw that episode, and I found it hilariously absurd that the whole town of Springfield believed that obviously edited video. I guess there are a lot of grown up Americans who are as stupid as cartoon characters.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

But its OK when Palin says lock and load; or Limbaugh says kill them..

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

john h. could you rephrase your comment? It was all over the place and didn't make sense.

Steven T.
Steve Trammell6 years ago

It is no suprise that they would edit speech, playing only the part they want to highlight.

john hall
john hall6 years ago

Patrick F. what hoffa jr said was fact fox didnt lie they like alot of othere news agency's edit to make it what they want which they should'nt . i say again obama has asked to tone it down when will he ask his party to do this or get on to them when they dont . please for gods sake practice what you preach.

William G.
William G6 years ago

So your telling me Fox has taken a page out of MSNBC's playbook? How dare they act like all the rest of the media! I'm so disgusted with them I may never subscribe to cable or satellite TV again. Actually I get enough BS just watching clips online.