View Full Version : Faux Sports Makes Up Headlines

09-23-2011, 01:49 PM
Ouch. Just stupid.


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?

Sofa King
09-23-2011, 01:51 PM
Not surprising.

09-23-2011, 02:06 PM
These dumbass sports networks will fabricate anything they want to give us a god damn soap opera with our sports. ESPN is the leader of the pack. This is football we wanna watch, not Bears of Our Lives or General Bear Hospital.

09-23-2011, 02:16 PM
oh you mean just like their News network?

09-23-2011, 02:20 PM
Must be Bush's fault

09-23-2011, 02:23 PM
But seriously. Jay Cutler has a vagina

09-23-2011, 02:45 PM
Fox won a lawsuit that said their right to lie and misinform the public is protected by the first amendment.

I don't understand the outrage... It's what Faux does. Sports, news... they have fought for the right to lie to you.

09-23-2011, 02:46 PM
Is Phil working for Fox now?

09-23-2011, 02:52 PM
Is Phil working for Fox now?


Radar Chief
09-23-2011, 03:17 PM
But seriously. Jay Cutler has a vagina


Dave Lane
09-23-2011, 10:37 PM
oh you mean just like their News network?

I have a t-shirt that says "Hearing Crazy Voices in Your Head? Turn off Fox News"


09-24-2011, 10:11 AM
This is obviously a case of an on-air personality not knowing what the production guys are up to. It's Darryl Johnston's screw up not some scary conspiracy dreamed up in the smokey back room at FOX headquarters.