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Fox Fabricates Headlines During NFL Coverage, Calls Them ‘Actual Headlines’

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During its week one coverage of a game between the NFL’s Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons, Fox broadcast network used graphics of fabricated newspaper headlines to outline a story about embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Fox NFL analyst Daryl Johnston referred to the headlines — which read, “Cutler Leaves With Injury,” “Cutler Lacks Courage,” and “Cutler’s No Leader” — as “actual headlines from the local papers here in Chicago.” The headlines supposedly referred to criticism Cutler received for sitting out the second half of Chicago’s playoff loss last season. The Chicago Tribune, however, didn’t recognize the headlines, and got Fox — whose parent company News Corporation is under investigation for phone-hacking and other journalistic malpractice issues — to admit that the headlines were fake. Watch the segment, courtesy of SportsGrid: