For the second time in less than a month, Fox News has been caught blatantly editing an interview given by President Obama to completely fabricate a story that wasn’t true.
During a segment on The Factor with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Bill O’Reilly played a clip of an interview he had with the president where they discussed the language used following the Benghazi attack. During the clip he pressed President Obama on whether or not the word “terror” was used that night.
There’s just one problem: when O’Reilly played the clip for Panetta, he left the part out where President Obama did admit that they viewed it as an act of terror based on the definition of terrorism. Which, of course, means that any response Panetta had to what he just saw was completely baseless because he had not been shown the full answer given by Obama.
In other words, because Panetta’s answer was altered due to this edited clip, Fox News literally manipulated the former Defense Secretary into providing soundbites that were completely inaccurate because they were comments made after he had been fed misinformation.
That’s essentially the definition of unethical journalism.
The full clip, as transcribed by Media Matters, went as follows:
O’REILLY: Did he tell you, Secretary Panetta, it was a terrorist attack?
OBAMA: You know what he told me was that there was an attack on our compound…
O’REILLY: He didn’t tell you […] he didn’t use the word “terror?”
OBAMA: You know, in — in the heat of the moment, Bill, what folks are focused on is what’s happening on the ground, do we have eyes on it, how can we make sure our folks are secure…
O’REILLY: Because I just want to get this on the record…
OBAMA: So, I…
O’REILLY: — did he tell you it was a terror attack?
OBAMA: Bill — and what I’m — I’m answering your question. What he said to me was, we’ve got an attack on our compound. We don’t know yet…
O’REILLY: No terror attack?
OBAMA: — we don’t know yet who’s doing it. Understand, by definition, Bill, when somebody is attacking our compound…
OBAMA: — that’s an act of terror, which is how I characterized it the day after it happened.
Except, during the segment with Panetta, O’Reilly cut the clip off right after he said “no terror attack.” Which obviously leaves out the part where the president did call it an act of terror. Though cutting the clip off right there leaves the viewer with the impression that O’Reilly ended that line of questioning “confirming” that it wasn’t called an act of terror.
This obviously led to various other shows on Fox News running with this “story” of Obama’s edited comments and Panetta’s reaction to them. Which, again, doesn’t really matter because the interview was blatantly edited by the network.
And the sad part is, most Republicans who see this won’t care. It won’t “prove” anything. They’ll dismiss it like they do everything else that proves Fox News is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the Republican party.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: