"Fox News," your first choice in accurate news, or something like that, had a major scoop yesterday when it reported on the identity of the Boston bomber suspect. No, no, it's not who you think, but the real bomber. Hey, this is "Fox News." They report, we get to decide. How cool is that?!
Check out the black Closed-Caption scroll just below the center of the screen.
Yes, it's true, "Fox News" reported that actress Zooey Deschanel was the Boston bomber!
Given that her TV series, New Girl, is on Fox, maybe this is just the way of telling the star that her show is cancelled. On the other hand, she might like that they referred to her as 19-years old.
Hey, at least they got the story first! Accuracy is secondary. Besides, just be glad that they didn't identify the sibling partner who was killed by police as her sister, Emily.
Yes, yes, I know that mistakes get made, especially tech mistakes. It happens, though not seemingly with the regularity as on "Fox News." But mistakes aside, seriously, don't they have a proof-reader?? Then again, this is "Fox News," where facts don't matter. (I believe that is their new motto.) So, why bother with proof-readers? What would be the point?
(By the way, I wouldn't be surprised if the writers of New Girl somehow work some sort of homage of this into a script next year.)
Here is Zooey Deschanel's Twitter response, followed by that of the journalist who initially discovered Fox's massive gaff.
Fox News: We Report. You Decide.
Fair enough. I've decided. You're crass, thoughtless, and incompetent, and the only thing you have in common with "news" is that you want to make it.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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