Fox Sports admits fabrication of newspaper headlines

During the Bears season opener, Fox Sports wanted to reference some headlines that questioned Jay Cutler’s toughness in last year’s NFC Championship game.

Since no headlines actually existed in any newspaper, Fox decided to make them up.  And then say they were real.  Seriously.

Here are the three headlines Fox used as a graphic, via Poynter:

1. “Cutler Leaves With Injury”  

2. “Cutler Lacks Courage”

3. “Cutler’s No Leader”

Fox analyst Darryl Johnston backed them up by saying “these are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago.”

Except they weren’t.  The Chicago Tribune thought the headlines sounded fishy because Cutler was defended locally.  They did an investigation, and there no such headlines in Chicago.  Or anywhere else in the country.

“It was misleading,” admitted FOX Sports spokesman Dan Bell.

It’s more than misleading. They intentionally made up headlines and then went out of their way to say they were real.

“Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game,” Bell said.

We’re confused by the strategy.  Why make up headlines when they could just hack into Cutler’s voice mail and create a real one?

228 responses to “Fox Sports admits fabrication of newspaper headlines

  1. No different than how they fabricate their political headlines….Fox is less believable than the National Enquirer or any other rag media you see at the grocery store check out.

  2. Making up headlines and stories…where have I heard this one before…

    FOX Sports is part of FOX, which is owned by parent company NewsCorp, which ran the News of the World…who did the same thing. I’m sure that’s just all a big coincidence though.

  3. Fox is a joke to begin with…

    their pre-game show is horrid and the broadcast teams are sooooo bad except for Sam Rosen

  4. Yeah but…

    1. “Cutler Leaves With Injury”

    2. “Cutler Lacks Courage”

    3. “Cutler’s No Leader”

    Just saying…

  5. Jeez. One of the worst things is people who can’t state their opinion and stand behind their words, so they must pass the sentiment off as someone else’s.

  6. Please…don’t tell me I can’t trust their sports news either. Well, at least I can watch the pre-game show and know it’s an opinion not being passed off as fact.

  7. Major news outlets worldwide create news for their own agenda, be it material or political. For decades, for centuries actually, “news” has been a string of truths interspersed with bold faced lies.

    Funny and sad at once, that it becomes an issue now that it affects a professional athlete and the franchise he’s employed by.

    Wow. If you think this is the first time Fox has lied to generate buzz, or affect public opinion, you’re clueless. And if you think NBC is innocent, you’re an idiot.

  8. Haha hacking voice mails.

    Jones-Drew is still an ass for calling Cutler out for not playing and starting this whole mess.

    He called Jay out as he missed the Jaguars push for the playoffs due to HIS OWN KNEE INJURY.

  9. A Fox related network fabricates things? Or more importantly, any news related network fabricates things? In an effort to hoodwink the public into paying attention either through fear or by playing on their shameful interest in the humiliation and downfall of their fellow man?

    I’m so shocked that I can’t even bring myself to be surprised.

  10. I always thought Fox Sports was nothing like their corporate overlords.

    Guess the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.

    News Corporation seriously scares me.

    They are far too good at manipulating facts and people.

  11. Snarky. Good thing this place doesn’t ever make up headlines based on superficial reads of other peoples’ material.

  12. Don’t hold your breath on waiting for them to admit on cherry-picking sideline clips of players to further whatever narrative they want. Fox cut away every time Cutler showed any signs of teammwork during the NFCCG, and he’s not even close to being the only player that gets this kind of treatment.

    They’re going to run that clip of Cutler and his QB coach last week every chance they get in the upcoming Packers game, so Buck can start his “I’m not saying he’s a horrible human being, I’m just saying he’s a horrible human being.”

    Can the prefabricated stories. Just show me the damn game and tell me only what’s directly relevant to what’s happening on the field.

  13. ““Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game,” Bell said.”

    Sure, that’s fine, but if the headlines did not exist anywhere, then it clearly was NOT the overall sentiment nationwide.

  14. Actually, Fox Sports was just following the Chicago Tribune’s example of making up news.

    The Tribune committed perhaps the biggest boner in U.S. newspaper history on Nov. 3 1948 by declaring “Dewey Defeats Truman” in six columns across the top.

  15. And your headline is too weak.

    It should read:

    Fox Sports FORCED to admit they fabricated newspaper headlines WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE EVIDENCE

    They didn’t just come out and admit it, they only did so once evidence was presented in public showing they are a bunch of liars.

  16. Uhhhh…doesn’t make them false. Did he get a shot in the game?? Slap on a neoprene sleeve, or wrap it tight as hell and play. Go on the field and collapse or throw a pick six…then he’s a warrior, now we’ll never know.

  17. They forgot to add fabrication softener. So the headlines they launder come out smelling clean and fresh with more bounce.

  18. The media continues to give the league “Hollywood” coverage. FOX is the network that started this when they first were awarded the contract to cover the game. Just give us the game and throw out all the media coverage and bias. The leftist media needs to be avoided and tuned out.

  19. Is the NBC vs Fox crap really going to find it’s way into sports now too?

    I hate Fox as much as anyone, but really?

  20. What happened to ethics in media….oh yeah that died with the internet and people’s desire to hold a postmodern philosophy.

    Fox should apologize now, not make excuses.

  21. I hate tuning into Fox for NFL games simply for the fact it rolls $ up to Rupert Murdoch’s pocket. The slime has even found its way into sports. It’s been known to exist in the news realm… but now sports too!?!?! Grrrrreat.

  22. What about NBC literally affecting the outcome of a game by not showing replays of non-interceptions until several plays after the incorrect call?

  23. Did Darryl Johnston know they weren’t real headlines or did he just assume they were real? I don’t mind them taking a little artistic license to capture the national sentiment, but to come right out and say they were real is ridiculous.

  24. The fake headlines weren’t the worst part of the deception. Bringing in a homeless guy, dressing him in a Bear’s uniform with matching cap, then telling him to look forlorn and defeated was over the top.

  25. Its Fox…what the hell do you expect.

    Stop watching the pre game shows folks. Its just garbage. Just tune in at kick off and watch the games. I could care less what Terry Bradshaw or Shannon Sharp think about anything that is going to happen.

  26. And by the way… if you want to capture the “nation-wide” sentiment, I’m sure you could have found ACTUAL headlines somewhere other than Chicago.

  27. Wow. I’m no Cutler fan by any means, but wow wow wow.

    So what exactly is the legal definition of Defamation of Character? Because if it involves any element of an international news organization blatantly lying about you and perpetuating a negative public image, Cutler should sue the ~!@#%&$ right off of Fox News for libel.

    Total 100% classless bullsh*t.

  28. …and the Cutler/injury saga continues (in order to keep page views up)…C’mon Tice, keep your QB upright I hate seeing him getting killed. (of course, he’s probably doing the best he can w/what he has…lousy Bears F/O, I bet Kruetz is enjoying NO).

  29. This is why we need tougher laws on the Media. Maybe it’s not a big deal when Fox makes things up about Jay Cutler, but what about when they make up stories about politics or world events? Free Press, doesn’t mean the media is allowed to just make things up.

  30. What’s more shocking: the fact that Fox media outlets continue to falsify information and lie to the public, or that the public continues to view Fox as a credible news organization?

    How much more evidence do you need? Anything that comes out of that organization needs to be viewed with extreme scrutiny.

  31. Did they say they were headlines?

    FOX does this for a lot of stories where the game is at least semi-national.

    I think Rosenthal and the Chicago Sun-Times are assuming that Fox wanted to stir sh*t up by doing this. Some people watching the game don’t live in Chicago, so they don’t know what’s being said in Chicago.

    The truth of the matter is that Daryl Johnston needs to shut up. He just doesn’t stop talking during a broadcast. Thus, he says uninformed things like this.

  32. Well anyone who has been trusting anything from Fox, whether it’s their news or their sports or anything they do has been getting misled and lied to for a long long time — I mean a broadcasting company should loose their license over stuff like this but the whole thing is so corrupt just like our whole government, so they can get away with it — What a total disgrace Fox is

  33. For some reason this makes my blood boil. It’s just amazing that the majority of the country gets their news and views of the world from mainstream media who does this crap all the time. Seriously, why not just report what’s ACTUALLY happening?

    Greedy, greedy people.

  34. I see the average “IQ ” of the football fan jumps out again. FOX Pregame programming and the FOX News Channel are entirely different operations. Again the “IQ” of the typical NFL fan again jumps out! Hahahah….

  35. They forgot…

    “Cutler’s powerful arm still tricking fans into thinking he is a good NFL quarterback.”

    I think MJD’s tweet was embarrassing enough. They should have just posted the players tweets from around the league, and there were plenty of haters during that game. The guy is immature, a headcase, and Denver got rid of him for 60 cents on the dollar. Good luck Chicago, because you’re not winning any super bowls with that guy at the helm.

  36. harleyrider1973 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 1:39 PM

    all three of those headlines are true so what difference does it make if they were actually printed or not?

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    Let me guess – you’re one of the producers from the Fox and Friends morning show?

  37. “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts,”

    – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    “If you can’t find your truth in the facts then make up the ones you need.”

    – Rupert Murdoch

    Oops, looks like it just did it too. Can’t say I feel bad about that given what we know about Murdoch and Fox.

  38. Meanwhile, the failures of the NBC production crew impact the outcome of a game, and PFT (owned by NBC) praises them for admitting their error.

    Not to say that what Fox did is right, but try not to be so hypocritical here, fellas.

  39. glac1 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 1:40 PM
    The media continues to give the league “Hollywood” coverage. FOX is the network that started this when they first were awarded the contract to cover the game. Just give us the game and throw out all the media coverage and bias. The leftist media needs to be avoided and tuned out.

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    right, because of how far left Fox leans!!!

  40. I actually don’t think I’ll ever watch the Fox pregame ever again as my way of showing disapproval.

    And I suggest other people do the same.

    I don’t even see an apology to the viewers for their behavior.

    Just excuses.

    “We were trying to capture the overall sentiment. [By fabricating headlines and lying about their veracity on the air.]”

    Amazingly brazen and despicable behavior.

    And the lack of an apology just means they don’t think US – THE FANS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WATCHING THEIR COMMERCIALS AND THUS THEIR BOTTOM LINE – care enough to actually do something about it.

    WELL I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. @derekjetersmansion says: Sep 20, 2011 1:48 PM

    Did they say they were headlines?

    FOX does this for a lot of stories where the game is at least semi-national.

    I think Rosenthal and the Chicago Sun-Times are assuming that Fox wanted to stir sh*t up by doing this. Some people watching the game don’t live in Chicago, so they don’t know what’s being said in Chicago.

    The truth of the matter is that Daryl Johnston needs to shut up. He just doesn’t stop talking during a broadcast. Thus, he says uninformed things like this.

    =====================

    #1

    Announcer Daryl Johnston told viewers that “these are the actual headlines from the local papers in Chicago”; the Tribune sports staff didn’t buy it and started an investigation.

    #2

    The Chicago Tribune thought the headlines sounded fishy because Cutler was defended locally.

    Can you at least read the subject matter before calling others uninformed?

  42. Well, I wonder if GODell will fine them? LOL.

    Seriously FOX Sports is a joke. Basically, they commited a fraud. It wasn’t an opinion by them, they made it out as being headlines in local newspapers. I wonder if Cutler would have some action against them for intentionally lying and commiting libel? Frankly I hope he does and I hope he sues them.

    FOX should have to suffer some type of big time penalty for doing something so completely stupid related to the biggest sport on the planet.

  43. The only people who actually believe the extreme right wing slant and lies from Faux News are the highly gullible and/or bigots. In other words, their main viewers are Tea Partiers.

  44. FOX News and Rumors: That’s what is should say. It’s not like PFT says everything here is news or correct. The reason I started accessing this site years ago is because you would go out on a limb and say “The latest rumor about ___ is….”
    You never said PFT was a news only site. So don’t compare Fox to PFT, you can only trust PFT to say a rumor is just that, a rumor. Then PFT would end up being right after it became news.

  45. The only reason to even turn to a Fox station is for Family Guy, American Dad and the Simpsons. The rest of their programming is firmly in the pocket of Murdoch & Co’s News Corps.

    I’m surprised you’d be confused about their behavior, this is their primary tactic in what they call ‘journalism’. If they’re not making up things and phrasing them as questions, they’re hacking phones of dead/missing children, and other people who’ve suffered great misfortune, and celebrities, to get juicy tips.

    The only thing confusing is why the Murdoch Empire hasn’t been liquidated by the Worlds Nations, for subversive and illegal tactics.

  46. but the leftist NBC is left alone! Again folks, FOX Sports is not affiliated with the FOX News Channel. FOX Sports is in entertainment and cater to the “Hollywood” gang. FOX News is devoted to the news of the day. I’m amazed how many people don’t understand this!

  47. Fox is still better the MSNBC or CNN…… People like Rachel Maddow? Mouth piece for the DNC and the left….

    What Fox Sports did is wrong, and the people that did this should be fired asap, no questions asks…..

  48. I love reading comments that are dismissive of this or actually defend FOX. Keep it coming, deluded ones.

  49. Cutler and the Bears should sue Fox for slander, defamation of character, etc. Fox isn’t going to stop that crap until someone does. And Daryl Johnston needs to shut up. He’s a big dumb idiot now, just like he was when he played football. Can’t stand watching games where he’s the announcer.

  50. “Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game,” Bell said.

    Ummm, Mr. Bell, I think you mean:

    “Our attempt was to CREATE an overall sentiment nationwide following that game,”

    Hey, ESPN creates these sentiments, why not Fox Sports?

    It’s like when people say “New York fans are tough!” … no we aren’t…. we just have 8 million newspapers competing for sales and so it’s a headline competition every day

  51. Next Fox Sports headline:
    Tea Party to NFL “We only white players and contraction to original 12 teams. But we’re not racists.”

  52. I haven’t watched 30 seconds of an NFL pre-game show, other than the Super Bowl, in 10 years.

    Nothing but a bunch of phony blow hards trying to steal camera time from other phony blow hards.

    Who needs it?

  53. 1) A “Murdoch Company” being accused of fabrication???? Say it isn’t so!!!!

    2) Daryl Johnston – I’m pretty disappointed. He’s just trying to be controversial to stay relevant and remain in the Top-3 announcing teams. Overall, he seems to be becoming more and more outspoken, but it certainly doesn’t seem genuine.

    And when it comes to the network NFL presentations, from the pre-game shows to the game action, they’re all pretty disappointing in their own ways.

  54. favreforever says:Sep 20, 2011 1:48 PM

    Fox just re-used some of their old headers, cutting and pasting Cutler’s name in place of Obama.

    LOL! Awesome….

    On another note, 5 million people attended obummer’s inaugaration but only 14 missed work.

    It seems like there is a liberal bias on this thread and that is very sad considering what liberalism/socialism has done to this country.

  55. achap39 says: Sep 20, 2011 1:32 PM

    Making up headlines and stories…where have I heard this one before…

    FOX Sports is part of FOX, which is owned by parent company NewsCorp, which ran the News of the World…who did the same thing. I’m sure that’s just all a big coincidence though.
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    Thank you for pointing that out for us Captain Obvious.

  56. I for one DO believe Fox news, b/c you sure as hell cannot believe ANYTHING that the liberal news networks put out. Dan Rather anyone? Oh wait, liberals have swept that under the rug, just like the black panther intimidation tactics at the last election.

  57. skins23 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 1:34 PM
    Not much different than sensationalist PFT internet headlines.

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    hahaha seriously. One of the guys posted about how Aaron Rodgers hates cancer patients here, then retracted it after the story was big on here. And here they are now, calling out FOX for the same stuff they do to drive up traffic with gossip headlines and hearsay.

    the pot calling the kettle black. never cease to amaze me PFG.

  58. buddycianci says: Sep 20, 2011 2:06 PM

    I love reading comments that are dismissive of this or actually defend FOX. Keep it coming, deluded ones.
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    Yeah except they vote and are extremely passionate about the lies they have been fed, so while its funny its also very sad.

  59. In a perfect world, the people that worship at the alter of Murdoch would realize from a story like this and the hacking scandal that his entire organization is nothing but a bunch of sleazeball misinformation and ill gotten paranoia…. That said, the same people that worship at the alter of Murdoch do not really want to be informed, they would rather have their own narrow-minded opinions affirmed instead, whether it takes lies and deceit to get there or not. Honestly, if not for Fox’s claim to be fair and balanced, wouldn’t give a crap… if they would just admit what they are and quit trying to paint any other media institution as liberal media bias. They are what they are, and the people that want to listen to their crap won’t let this story affect them anymore than they let the other many fallacies that have been proven to come from these blowhards. Too bad it isn’t a perfect world….

  60. If Fox lies and is “scum” – what does that say for MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, etc when they are getting their butt’s handed to them by Fox? Maybe the public is smarter than we think, and they are sick of the left leaning mainstream media – who cheerleads for Obama and other liberal causes.

  61. Fox Sports = Fox News

    News for the ignorant and uneducated idiots in the world. All you need is to have a pretty weather girl and you can lack all the real content you want.

  62. omegaichiban says: Sep 20, 2011 1:38 PM

    Uhhhh…doesn’t make them false. Did he get a shot in the game?? Slap on a neoprene sleeve, or wrap it tight as hell and play. Go on the field and collapse or throw a pick six…then he’s a warrior, now we’ll never know.
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    Are you a complete idiot? Of course it makes them false. they wanted to claim that the local media had lined up to attack Culter, but they couldn’t find headlines to match their assertion. So, rather than just giving a general statement that some had questioned Cutler, they outright lied and reported fake headlines that would back their argument. Oh, and as for your claim, Cutler did take the shot and take the field again. He couldn’t plant his knee and the pass went wild. Would you rather have a QB take the field when he could only hurt his team, or admit the truth and let his backup take over?

    The truth is, not every issue has two legitimate sides. It’s not always a matter of opinion. Some things are either right or wrong, factually correct or inaccurate. The problem with the current trend in journalism of throwing out a topic and bringing in a Democratic and a Republican talking head to debate it is that it gives the false impression that all arguments and perspectives are equal. That is certainly not always the case. One person’s opinion is not equal to another person’s facts. Facts are objective reality.

  63. Not one of these Murdoch haters knows anything Rupert Murdoch, only what they have been told by NBC, CBS, and ABC, competitors of Fox whose agenda is far more inglorious than Murdoch’s.

    FoxNews can be compared to any news organization for fact, and any fact-finding research group will verify that FoxNews has been, and still is, #1.

    Maybe all these self-anointed fact-finders of media truth and bias should turn off NBC and its affiliate MSNBC to escape fantasy-land.

    My only knowledge of how badly Cutler plays and players making statements about his playing has been here on PFT with statements from Cutler’s own team-mates.

  64. You morons standing up for Fox, because of Leftist biased news sources, fail to realize there are thousands of news organizations OUTSIDE the US, where you can double and triple check anything said.

    Factcheck.org, is also a good place to visit. It filters both Right and Left wing propaganda.

    Supporting one news agencies lies, because another does it, makes you no better than that which you rail against.

    Grow the eff up, do your own research and stop letting any mouthpieces think for you. That’s what organized religion is for.

  65. What’s surprising is that the liberal feminine products on this thread actually watch sports. But we know you dont.

    Take your Starbucks, your Prius’, and your overstated sense of intelligence and return to what you libs know best: Soccer and floral arrangement.

    Like the military, the majority of men are Republican. The rest are semi-females who abhor competition – the basis of all sports.

    Nice try NBC.

  66. You had me up until FOX was mentioned. Any statement that has “Fox” in it should automatically be taken skeptically until verified.

    I thought the News and Sports divisions were supposed to be separate, but I guess not. Same fabricated steaming garbage heap in both organizations it seems.

  67. getyourownname says: Sep 20, 2011 2:00 PM

    What did Darryl Johnson know, and when did he know it?
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    As much as I love to trash the Cowboys, I can’t really blame Johnston for this. How many announcers read all the local newspapers’ sports coverage before covering a game? I’d bet he was simply passing along information (or what he believed to be information) given to him by the shows producers or other members of the production. Moose is a talking head, not a researcher. The true blame here belongs to those responsible for putting the program together; and later to the higher ups in Fox Sports for coming up with ridiculous excuses rather than admitting to their offense, apologizing, and fixing the problem.

  68. The sad part is that you reported on this today, but Yahoo.com reported on it yesterday.

    Anyone who claims that Fox News lies, but fails to realize that MSNBC and CNN are guilty of the same thing is obviously politically biased/blind.

    Fox News and Fox Sports are two different divisions anyways….I hate it when politics makes it’s way into a football discussion.

  69. Rachel Maddow will be all over this, that dude always calls FOX out. Maddow is just about the only guy in the media you can trust, nobody can buy that dude off, he’s a real mans man.

  70. FoxNews can be compared to any news organization for fact, and any fact-finding research group will verify that FoxNews has been, and still is, #1.

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    Actually, that’s because most of the free thinking people (liberal, independent, and conservative) get their opinions from themselves after doing their own fact finding via other sources, from all different points of view …. including places such as conservative blogs such as Andrew Sullivans… They don’t depend on any one news source, and certainly mostly not television news sources to find and form their opinions. Fact is, time and again, Fox News viewers have been proven to be the most misinformed voters as well as citizens in this country. It’s because the people that give Fox its great ratings are too lazy to actually try to think about the issues, or too lazy to actually do their own informative research. They would much rather have their “information” spoon fed to them or just adopt the views of Rush Limbaugh and proudly call themselves dittoheads… another word for some someone that doesn’t have their own points of view, but will just blindly follow some overpaid drug addict blowhard, that doesn’t have the sack to actually run for anything himself.

    Political rant over… this is a football blog. I hate when they try to mix the two.

  71. Cutler needs to supply his birth certificate. I don’t believe he has the legal right to collect a paycheck as a US citizen. Somebody get Donald Trump on the line!

  72. alot of liberals on this page

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    No, just people with common sense and the capacity for rational thought…….which, naturally, excludes Fox News viewers.

  73. FoxNews can be compared to any news organization for fact, and any fact-finding research group will verify that FoxNews has been, and still is, #1.

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    Really? Need to check your facts buddy. Remember that whole big deal about the Muslim community center they where saying was funded by terrorist? Well the same guy that was funding that also is the 2nd biggest stock owner in Fox. They didn’t bring that up now did they?

    Fox also had to release a statement that only between 6 and 8 pm they do news, everything else is considered opinion shows.

  74. “Fox News viewers have been proven to be the most misinformed voters as well as citizens in this country.”

    Proven by whom, bwisnasky? CNN? MSNBC? Yeah, because we all know how much integrity THOSE outlets have!! BAHAHAHA! CNN and MSNBC come out with lies all the time and you lapdog libs soak it right up without questioning it. Pathetic….but he’s right, this is about FOOTBALL. Let’s get back to it, please.

  75. Of all the things in the world that should stay seperated.. Politics and Football.

    All you raging political douche bags keep your politics to your damn self.

    I don’t give a crap what political party you like.. keep it out of here.

    Thanks

  76. I really like the Fox bashing, looks great on a website powered by NBC.

    It is funny to think that anyone would actually have to try to make Cutler look bad…does such a fantastic job of that on his own.

    I guess there is a big difference in fabricating headlines to use in a pre-game package, and running with a story enflaming conflict between a head coach and his oc citing un-named sources…

  77. If you can’t trust a guy who relinquished his nationality solely for the purpose of skirting US media ownership laws…who can you trust?

    Maybe Fox Sports should be more like Fox news and just hire a bunch of Blonde Bimbos who know nothing about absolutely anything and maybe people won’t question them as much…especially if the wave American flags all over the place.

    I hear Lisa Guerrero would be willing to make a comeback….though she isn’t blonde and outside of sports knowledge she may be too smart for Fox.

    Wait, give JEN STERGER a call…she’d dye her hair blonde!

    ****don’t read between the lines…not making any right or left comments. just commenting on a firm with ZERO journalistic integrity that manipulates the masses any way they can. also no offense to smart hard working female anchor persons in sports or media. sure fox women make you sick too.

  78. Now that we’ve heard from the compassionate left as usual spewing venom and making wild unwarranted extrapolations (look it up) to make the people you hate so much look bad, maybe everyone could get back to talking football.

  79. @blancodiablo says: Sep 20, 2011 2:45 PM

    What’s surprising is that the liberal feminine products on this thread actually watch sports. But we know you dont.

    Take your Starbucks, your Prius’, and your overstated sense of intelligence and return to what you libs know best: Soccer and floral arrangement.

    Like the military, the majority of men are Republican. The rest are semi-females who abhor competition – the basis of all sports.

    I really hope you’re trolling. For your descendents’ sake.

  80. Not as bad as Fox News. They say they are the only “fair and balanced” network. My gosh if they were anymore balanced to the right Hanity would have to lay down in his chair.

  81. Oh, and I’ll bet 99% of the idiot lefties attacking FoxNews don’t watch or read it, so how would you know? You don’t, but some friend or msnbc host said it, so it must be true, right?

  82. There’s a reason why I tune in two minutes before kickoff. That allows me to avoid all the “Hollywood” stuff the media throws at us. Now, the networks need to forget about quota’s and hire the best person for their announcing staffs….

  83. It’s funny, I saw that out of the corner of my eye in the bar I was in (which had DirectTV’s NFL package), and thought:

    “Seriously? That is a pretty harsh headline even if it ran in Green Bay or Minneapolis.”

    Leave it to Fox to make anything ridiculous.

    Can you imagine the meeting where they broke it to the commentators that they were going to do that? I bet they (the announcers) knew what was going to happen.

  84. trollhammer20 says: Sep 20, 2011 2:40 PM

    News Corp, Ltd: Gleefully rejecting your reality and substituting it with our own since 1979.
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    Nice Mythbusters reference!

  85. ducesblackshirt says: Sep 20, 2011 3:15 PM

    Rachel Maddow will be all over this, that dude always calls FOX out. Maddow is just about the only guy in the media you can trust, nobody can buy that dude off, he’s a real mans man.
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    I died when I read this…too effing funny! Best comment on the thread by far…

  86. That’s the corporate culture of News Corp.

    Where the story’s more important than the truth.

    Rupert should change the name of the company to B.S. Corp.

  87. blaz0037 says:
    Sep 20, 2011 3:54 PM
    Fox News dominates the ratings for good reason. and when I say dominate, I mean DOMINATE. Look it up.

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    There’s a big reason for that. It’s the only place where you can get news if you are on the right. Everything else is left. At least Fox is in your face about it, while the other outlets are more insidious and rely on omission and softball questions.

  88. Actually bo1210 I used neither MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC nor any other source on “television” to make that point. My main source of information was a University of Maryland study, but there are several other studies that prove the same point. And it’s not a partisan thing. Democrats that watch Fox mostly were found to be just as misguided as the conservatives that watch Fox, which again leads back to the credibility of the news organization itself. Which again, was my original point.. that informed people don’t trust any of the news networks.. they do their own research…

  89. This isn’t Fox News. This is Fox Sports. There is a difference. For every lie Fox News does, there’s probably 100 lies on CNN, MSNBC, and the network news. I’m not going to list them…but right off the top of my head I can think of 3 huge headline lies this week from the liberal media.

  90. It’s not like they set cars on fire or anything like NBC did (see Dateline). Just wait football fans until the pacifist left who support this hack of a news organization (NBC) have their way with your sport! Nothing says capitalism like the NFL and they will seek to tear it down with the rest of what made America great. They have already made great progress at making it a much less “violent” sport. 1 month they’ll be wearing pink, the next will be rainbow colors until they can finally shut it down completely Hugo Chavez style.

    These people you see commenting about this topic are socialists, that’s who they are at their core. They support NBC because NBC has the presidents back no matter how egregious the relationship between the president and the former owner of NBC, the presidents own economic advisory board member and facist buddy, Jeff Imelt who happens to be the largest exporter of American jobs overseas as the CEO of GE.

    They are hell bent on doing whatever they can to influence you from learning the truth about what makes America great. Football is a great example of what makes America great and since they hate what America is, they couldn’t care less about what you came here to read about. Watch Fox, learn the truth about who these people are. They are enemies of your Country. They spit on our soldiers and advocate for the confiscation of wealth from those of us that work all while pretending to speak for “working families” (that’s code for anyone that doesn’t want to work). Socialists/Democrats/Communists all one in the same.

  91. This story has been up for 3 hours and it has 183 comments, MSNBC doesn’t even get that many viewers in prime time!

  92. Foxsports pre game meeting.

    Producer: hey guys we’re gonna need you to reference Cutler’s injury in the NFC game last season during the broadcast.
    Johnston: what injury? I thought he wasn’t really hurt.
    Producer: he was some sort of phantom injury, or sumthin.
    Johnston: phantom injury..what the hell is a phantom injury?
    Producer:um..yeah never heard of it myself..um..we’ll google it in a sec right now we need to go over the headlines about it..lets see…um..here we go…
    “Cutler Leaves With Injury”
    Johnston: phantom or just say injury?
    Producer:um..injury til we figure what the hell a phantom is.
    Johnston: ko, next
    Producer: “Cutler Lacks Courage”
    Johnston:Wow!
    Producer:yeah…ummm..“Cutler’s No Leader”
    Johnston:tell me about it chi-town must have been pissed to write this stuff.
    Producer:um…
    Johnston:ratings should be good..someone get my agent on the horn.
    Producer:um.
    Johnston:he deserves every bit of it..I lost 100 bucks on that game, and this is credible?
    Producer um..1 sec..um..yeah found it on the net.
    Johnston:and fact checked?
    Producer um..sure the kid in jacksonville..drew
    Johnston:jackson..oh.oh yeah..we’re good then
    Johnston:does this black tie make my hair look grey?
    Producer: umm..1 sec..um..nope your good..hey. they’re calling for you in makeup

  93. Speaking of fabricating headlines, isn’t the headline to THIS article: “Fox Sports admits fabrication of newspaper headlines”?

    Now, where is it again that Fox news admits to fabricating headlines? I read Bell as saying:

    “It was misleading”
    “Our attempt was to capture the overall sentiment nationwide following that game”

    I am missing the part where he said, “yeah, we fabricated those headlines”. Not saying that Fox was in the right with their article, but I find it interesting that this article is guilty of the very thing it is blasting another article for.

  94. Uh oh, looks like Fox got their paid web content phonies on the job. You can tell they got the call to start posting around 4pm. Look at all the pro-Fox comments starting then.

    Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!

  95. So what’s so wring with the headlines IF, in reality, they are true?

    They are true!

    Cutler is a wimp and very overrated!

    The Bears will NOT mke the Super Bowl with Fancy Pants as QB.

    Especially NOT with such real QBs as ROdgers, Brees, Ryan and now Newton.

    Right now I take Newton way before Cutler any day of the week and he only played 2 games.

    Bears finish 3rd in the North on 2011!!!!!

  96. As much as I detest the whining, sniveling little brat Cutler should immediately file suit.

    I wonder if Goodell is going to suspend Fox over this one.

    Let’s see if my calculations are correct.

    A few tattoos and some pocket cash = 5 Game Suspension.

    Defaming an NFL quarterback = No Suspension and a few extra tickets to the Superbowl for Ruppert and the boys.

  97. @rodgers12rocks

    Tell you what: you put any of those QBs under huddle for Chicago right now and see how far that gets you.

    Not far, I’ll bet.

  98. I love how the conservs equate a “warts and all” approach to covering the US and its policies as “liberal bias”. These are the same people pushing for textbooks to be edited and watered down so that our kids learn a watered down history of the US that covers up all our mistakes and highlights only the good stuff. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

  99. humb0lt says:

    Actually, Fox Sports was just following the Chicago Tribune’s example of making up news.

    The Tribune committed perhaps the biggest boner in U.S. newspaper history on Nov. 3 1948 by declaring “Dewey Defeats Truman” in six columns across the top.
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    Seriously? Seriously? 🙄

    Can you understand the difference between a screwup–which was humiliating for the Trib–and something deliberately done to mislead the audience?

  100. All news agencies lie constantly, it’s just that Fox is arguably the most blatant offender. I stopped following the media because I got sick of constant bombardment by contradictions and half-truths that were 99% negative in nature.

    Give me the name of just one mainstream media outlet that reports the news with complete integrity and without any political bias and I will eat my shirt. I can assure you, finding that pot of gold under the rainbow would prove to be a far less daunting task.

    Even when you agree with it, it is still propaganda.

  101. @comeonnowguys

    Chicago’s offensive line and wide receivers are actually the best the NFL has ever seen.

    They just want to get the whining, sniveling little brat Cutler out of there.

    Have you never heard of the “ole” or “watchout” block?

  102. Wasn’t the headline about Cutler & Fox Sports?? Leave it to cooky Liberals to try & bring politics into a football site.

    FYI: socialism only works until you run out of OTHER peoples money to spend!

  103. Fair and Balanced, right Fox? I guess when the lies and deceit come from much higher above (politicians and government at large), those below think things like this are OK.

    These scum of the earth-type companies will do whatever they can to catch the attention of readers, and admittedly they were guilty of misleading their readers.

    Now, I can’t disagree with the assessment of Cutler, but can we PLEASE set the example of honesty being the best policy? Oh, wait, so sorry. I forgot there is that little issue of money involved. The press does nothing but mislead, twist, politicize, aggrandize, etc, etc. Politicians understand it all too well, and how interesting (and disgusting) it is that the press and the politicians are both so good at misleading the public. F*** me once, shame on you, F*** me twice, shame on me. Let’s see how Fox responds on this one.

    Fox pretty much sucks, has sucked, and hopefully there will be some strong backlash on this. What is disappointing is that they will still televise games that I don’t want to miss. I will attempt to boycott them, but it won’t be easy…..

  104. Pre game show’s were invented so we can get our honey- do list knocked out before the game! Who watches those overpaid, under informed speculators anyway? ESPN is no better, Berman has been doing his “back” “back” “back” crap for 20+ year’s…makes you wanna throw in an old beatles cd that you’ve already heard a thousand times… gimme a friggin’ break!

  105. We now have Faux Sports to go along with Faux News, niccce. Those headlines have been taken from Faux News, they just replaced Obama with Cutler in the headlines.

  106. dren0332,

    You are totally missing the point. This is only the tip of the iceberg, in my opinion. Berman is a character, and a great sportscaster. You don’t have to like him, but he isn’t a liar, and doesn’t work for a network that is all about putting their own subjective spin on whatever they report about to generate headlines and money. HOW exactly is “ESPN no better” than Fox?

    This is about a NETWORK that is Full of S**t (not that this is surprising), but also very willing to write whatever it wants (fictitious or not) to be able to make more $ by attempting to grab more attention from its readers. This is about good ol’ fashioned deceit and greed – create headlines for profit. This doesn’t start and stop with sports – it goes much deeper than this.

    Fox Network is a prime example of “lie, cheat, and say whatever you can to make a buck”. For a network that states itself to be “fair and balanced”, this is the furthest from the truth. Don’t lump in ESPN with this disgusting network, and this has NOTHING to do with pre-game honey-do lists. Not only did Fox MAKE UP headlines, then they lied about it on top of that.

    You may not care about what they did, but don’t trivialize it and lump in other networks for supposedly doing the same thing. Give ME a friggin’ break, and wake up at the same time, bro.

  107. Perhaps Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, is writing the copy for FOX’s football packages. In which case, they can always fall back on the ever virtuous, “‘NOT INTENDED TO BE A FACTUAL STATEMENT’ clause.

  108. NewsCorp is the only journalistic institution to ever go to court in the U.S. to fight for the right to lie about the news. And they won. CNN, NBC, Whatever…. None of them have ever fought for the right to lie about the news.

    Keep defending Fox and pointing at the other guys. Us educated folk don’t watch any cable news. It’s all drivel.

    PS: Fox has the highest ratings? Jersey Shore, Wrestling, and re-runs of Spongebob Squarepants from 8 years ago *routinely* crush Fox’s highest rated show.

    Being the highest rated cable news channel is like being the world’s tallest midget.

  109. The libs took this occasion of FOX Sports (which has always mostly sucked) having a faux paus to flex their puny soccer muscles and go off on FOX News?

    That’s all you got?

    Good luck in ’12

  110. jsrdc, All I can say is…cris (poor me another Beer-man) has grown stale! Not defending Fox sport’s, they REALLY suck! Sorry, gotta run man, need to get these chores done before 1:00PM sunday! WHO DEY!!!

  111. It’s funny how these liberal zombies constantly blast Fox News but they ignore the fact that it’s the one channel that actually presents views from both sides. Think for yourselves instead of listening to others.

  112. Nobody’s all bad: Fox Network is home for Homer and the Simpsons. Troy Aikman is not that sharp. All networks are somewhat conservative compared to smaller, alternative news and certainly as compared with satires like Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show.

  113. dig all the crybaby libs…they got nothing to be proud about with the dope they elected….this is thier way to feel like they know something…they know jack

  114. Ah look at the poor conservatives crying about liberals.

    Dry your eyes. And stop lying.

    Thanks.

    And wizardsrevenge, fabricating material and lying about the veracity of it is more than a faux pas.

    The lengths to which conservatives go to justify and rationalize their actions/beliefs is INCREDIBLE! No, deliberately lying is not a “faux pas” – its MUCH larger than that.

    But hey, why be honest with yourself and face painful truths when you can just direct your anger at liberals and pretend to feel good about yourself?!

  115. They basically were trying to cover the poor job they did last year in the playoff game.
    Failed to mention during the game that his helmet was taken by the coaches (mentioned immediately on the radio broadcast).
    Only showed shots of him sitting alone and none of his talking to the backup QB and encouraging him.
    In short, they created a false story and now this year create false newspaper headlines to keep the story going.
    Fox News/Sports=The Mythmakers.

  116. [i]”1mge says: Sep 20, 2011 5:54 PM

    FYI: socialism only works until you run out of OTHER peoples money to spend!”[/i]

    You mean like that socialist bank bailout that was needed to save capitalism?

  117. …less believable than the National Enquirer…

    You mean the National Enquirer that exposed your pretty boy John Edwards and his love child and infidelity all while his wife was dying of cancer? Or the National Enquirer that found out your god, Bill Clinton, was getting hummers from the pizza delivery chubster? That’s the National Enquirer you refer to?

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