What Jim Hoffa Really Said and Why Fox Won’t Correct It

Sep 06 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

James Hoffa in Michigan for Labor Day Parade

Correct the Record, Fox.

Oh, that’s right, y’all don’t do that. Well, here’s what Teamsters President James Hoffa said yesterday for reals and then we’ll get to the part Fox edited out for fairness and balance, right before the entire Right Wing had a collective orgasm thinking they could finally blame the Democrats for some hard core use of “competitive free speech” (read: “second amendment remedies, hunt the President like a dog, be armed and dangerous, don’t retreat reload, etc). He did NOT call for violence against anyone.

Hoffa said, “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!”

Here’s the video from ABC:

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Poor Ed Henry of Fox News actually reported it accurately and then after it blew up in his face, tried rather desperately to set the record straight via Twitter. But this is Fox News, so you know how this ends. Ed’s problem is that he first reported it thusly:

(Referring to what Hoffa said) “We’ll remember in November who’s with the working people” and “said of the Tea Party and of Republicans, ‘let’s take these sons of bitches out.'”

And that is, of course, how Fox and the Right ran with it.

But in a second segment that ran at roughly the same time as Henry’s tweet, Fox News dishonestly edited the speech in the manner seen above. Andrew Breitbart’s Big sites, Real Clear Politics, The Daily Caller, the Media Research Center, and the Drudge Report have all highlighted that footage, using it to condemn “the violence emanating from union thug bosses” and demand that Obama “denounce” the comments.

Video courtesy of Media Matters:

Now, before we get all high and mighty, it’s important to note that this is one reason why it’s important to check things out for yourself and not fall for every left wing meme out there. Outrage does not reality make. If you can stand it, I highly suggest reading both liberal and conservative sites, because an informed person whose opinions are based on fact should be able to understand the counter argument as it pertains to ideology. But not facts, because contrary to what Fox Republicans would like to believe, facts are not a matter of opinion.

And that brings us back to Fox News, where they danced with this known falsity, jacking up the Right wing outrage and hate. Then they backed down only to came back for more by showing the edited version once again. Here’s the thing: When you make a decision to run certain footage, knowing it’s already been discredited, you are fully responsible for lying to your audience. While anyone can get things wrong in initial reporting as the facts are coming in, an ethical news team would not run with something after hearing their own reporter clarify it for them and they most certainly wouldn’t chose to run it again after they most certainly knew the truth.

We should note that it’s not as if Fox News is suffering from a lack of staff or anything. It’s not like there are just a few people making last minute decisions who picked the wrong tape to run. No, they have fact-checkers, researchers, producers, production teams and editors along with their reporters. That’s a whole lot of people who know that the edit is a lie. And yet the producers of various shows still chose to run the lie.

It’s not news that Fox News lies. But it is important to call out and point out just how deep the lie is, and how intrinsic it is within the entire operation. It’s obviously a top down lie, encouraged by the top brass. And it matters because not only known Right Wing sites step in line, but respected news outlets such as Detroit News reported it without the full context:

Teamsters President James Hoffa said there’s been a war on workers.

“We’ve got a bunch of people there that don’t want the president to succeed, and they’re called the tea party,” he said.

“Let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong,” he said.

His comments brought immediate criticism from tea party supporters. Wendy Day, president of tea party group Common Sense in Government in Howell, said news circulated fast through social media about Hoffa’s comments. “I find it flattering that he thinks the tea party is that much of a threat,” Day said. “It’s not surprising, and it’s not anything new.”

The chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, Amy Kremer, demanded an immediate apology from Hoffa, calling his remarks “inexcusable” and “a call for violence.”

Fox News and the Republican Party are so desperate to finally get to cry “victim” for real and thus plant their flag firmly on the false equivalency argument that they are willing to lie to get the job done. So, now you’ll be hearing about this for the next ten years as if it happened when it didn’t and arguing with your co-worker, in-law or neighbor over the “thug President” supporting “incitement to violence”. Obviously, the Tea Party is still a wee bit embarrassed by the things said at the Palin rally the other day. You know, about bazookas and Helen Thomas with Bin Laden where she belonged.

Here’s what Hoffa said, “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!”

He’s clearly talking about voting. Could he have said it better? Yes, he could have said “let’s take these sons of bitches out of office,” but in no reality based world was he referring to violence. But he didn’t say, “And if ballots don’t work, bullets will!” or Sharron Angle‚Äôs “2nd Amendment Remedies”. Yes, those are both Tea Party lines from 2010.

You’d best memorize what he really said, because for the next ten years any time a Right winger goes on a shooting spree you’re going to hear about this and how “both sides do it”. They don’t.

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