Fox News: Now Home to Fake Jetpack, Batboy Lives! Stories (Video)
October 6, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)— Really, it’s a marriage made in heaven, well more like an unholy union of sorts. And why did it take so long? I’m talking about the dim-witted crew of Fox & Friends using an obviously fake story reported in the Weekly World News, the quirky tabloid specializing in alien abductions and sightings of the Loch Ness monster, as the basis for a legitimate news report on their morning show yesterday. What was the report? The Fox News hosts falsely reported that the Los Angeles Police Department planned to spend $1 billion on science fiction-like jetpacks, to make it easier to combat crime in the City of Angels. Really. When you think about it, this far-fetched tale is no different than Fox News’ usual falsehoods and fearmongering.
After the Fox & Friends hosts fell for the fake jetpack story, it was discovered that the only source for the ridiculous tale was none other than the Weekly World News, a tongue-in-cheek tabloid that became famous for its entertaining Batboy Lives! stories.
The Huffington Post reports on the gullible Fox & Friends crew:
“We certainly haven’t bought any jetpacks,” police chief Charlie Beck told the LA Times. “We haven’t bought [squad] cars for two years.”
“The hosts of “Fox and Friends,” the network’s morning show, missed a great opportunity to yell “makeup!” But they were mildly skeptical when first discussing the concept and retracted the report within an hour. They initially said that Los Angeles was ordering 10,000 jetpacks at a cost of $100,000 each. The Times notes that the city “is regularly sending its police detectives home because it can’t pay all their overtime.” There’s no money for anything this over the top.”
Fox News later retracted the jetpack story, but not before CNN had some fun at the right-wing network’s expense, reminding Fox News of the old adage, “Consider the source.”