Tumblr Icon RSS Icon

Fox News scrubs ‘death threats’ out of hyped story on school kids singing about Obama.

By Matt Corley on September 25, 2009 at 11:59 am

"Fox News scrubs ‘death threats’ out of hyped story on school kids singing about Obama."

Share:

google plus icon

For the past two days, conservative blogs and Fox News have been hyping an old YouTube video showing New Jersey schoolchildren singing a song about President Obama during Black History Month, calling it “indoctrination.” When Fox’s website initially posted on the story, it reported that the “school was placed temporarily on lockdown after its principal received death threats.” But as Raw Story’s Stephen Webster points out, the Fox story has changed, removing not only references to death threats, but also comments from a parent who “took an opinion contrary to others expressing outrage.” Thus far, Webster has been unable to confirm the threats and writes that he will be following up his inquiry, trying to answer the following questions:

Who edited this piece? Why was FoxNews.com writer Cristina Corbin’s credit removed? Did the principal really receive death threats, or was that inclusion in the second paragraph erroneous? And perhaps most important, why would an allegedly “fair and balanced” media organization censor highly relevant comments offering a contrasting opinion?

(HT: Eric Boehlert)

Update

Webster has updated his story, saying that Fox has restored much of the original language. He adds that the school denied to him that it was ever on “lockdown” and that Public Safety Director Walt Corter told The Burlington County Times that claims of “death threats” were unsubstantiated.

‹ PREVIOUS
RNC Chairman Steele Withdraws Support For Rep. Kirk Over His Cap-And-Trade Vote (Updated)

NEXT ›
Jindal Was The Only Governor To Skip Biden’s Conference Call On The Stimulus

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.