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Bold New Fox News Interview Technique: Lying

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 05/12/2009 10:29
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Paolo Reyna

Fox News hosts have been hammering Janeane Garofalo and MSNBC for the comedienne’s comment (made on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC show) that the Tea Party protests were “about hating a black man in the White House.” Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins caught up with her in Boston with a hand-held camera, and alongside local radio host Ken Pittman he engaged her in a six-minute interview outside of a Starbucks. Around two and a half minutes in, Garofalo asked Jenkins and Pittman who they were and who they “with.” Thirty seconds later, she repeated the question and Jenkins disguised his identity as a Fox News reporter.

From the full video posted on the Fox News web site—on which Jenkins is identified as a “Fox News correspondent”:

GAROFALO: What are you doing here?

JENKINS: I’m just a blogger [who] reads blogs. He’s a radio host.

GAROFALO: But what do you do with all those blogs?

This is pretty shameless. It’s one thing if you’re a reporter working undercover in, say, a supermarket that’s putting tainted meat on the shelves, to disguise your identity. But if you’re sticking a camera into a celebrity’s face and she repeatedly asks you if you’re with the media? Anyone from “60 Minutes” on down to TMZ would say where he/she is from, just as most “O’Reilly Factor” producers immediately announce their affiliations, knowing that they’re going to get hostile reactions from their subjects.

Simply put, Jenkins lied and then Fox News edited the lie from their broadcast. Pretty pathetic all around.

UPDATE: Of course, Jenkins might have his reasons for preferring outright lies to admitting his Fox News affiliation:

UPDATE 2: “The O’Reilly Factor” ran part of the interview, too, and identified Jenkins as a “‘Factor’ producer,” something else he did not tell Garofalo.

UPDATE 3: Garofalo talked about this interview with Marc Maron, and it’s clear that she had no idea that Jenkins was a Fox News employee. She said that she was ambushed by “Ken Pittman and his male companion,” who “put a camera in my face.”

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Paolo Reyna | Paolo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis. During the fall semester of 2012, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru, which piqued his interest in international growth. He learned about the disparities that impact indigenous peoples, got a taste of Peruvian culture, and improved his Spanish skills. Mitchel interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America, after being inspired by his foreign experience. He wants to work in international development and for a government department, writing legislation. He loves playing intramural basketball and practicing for the Chicago marathon when he is not thinking about current events in Latin America.

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