In early March, Fox News was criticized for what was called the “Palm Tree Lie.” (It used footage from a California rally in a report about the Wisconsin protests.) At a University of Wisconsin panel discussion on Wednesday, “The O’Reilly Factor” senior executive producer David Tabacoff was asked about the footage. Here is how two newspapers covered his response.
The Badger Herald’s report:
One questioner accused Tabacoff and Fox News of irresponsible journalism for showing footage of a violent protest in a warm climate with palm trees during a discussion about this winter’s union protests at the Capitol.
“That was a fact error piece of video that was run over a series of discussions regarding trouble in a number of areas. I just think that [the accusations] are a cheap shot,” Tabacoff said. “Every shot in Wisconsin was labeled as Wisconsin.”
The Daily Cardinal’s report:
Tabacoff defended his station, saying the clip was not misleading because no one on the show said the protesters shown were the protesters in Wisconsin.