VIDEO: FOX News Fakes Footage

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BY MARK W. SMITH

FREE PRESS WEB EDITOR

• UPDATE: Sean Hannity to Jon Stewart: You’re right, we faked footage (see video below)

Comedian Jon Stewart outed Fox News on his show last night after the network appeared to use archived footage of a well-attended rally, passing it off as clips from a recent health care protest.

Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn., who spoke at the Thursday rally, said on “Hannity” that it was estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 45,000 demonstrators gathered to protest then-pending health care reform legislation in the House.

The Washington Post reported 10,000 attended the rally.

The health care bill was passed late Saturday.

Stewart says in the clip that the network used archived footage from a better-attended rally on Sept. 12 (with green trees, cloudy skies) to show thousands of protesters taking to the streets in Washington, D.C, on Thursday (with fall trees, sunny skies).

Stewart is no stranger to lampooning Fox News, recently imitating popular host Glenn Beck.

Check out the clip from Stewart’s show last night:

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UPDATE:

BY MARK W. SMITH
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Fox News host Sean Hannity apologized on his show Wednesday night after it was revealed by comedian Jon Stewart that the program had used archived footage of a well-attended rally and passed it off as a recent health care protest in Washington, D.C.

Hannity spent the last 30 seconds of his show addressing the controversy, giving no explanation and calling the use of 2-month-old footage in a current news package “inadvertent.”

“He was correct,” Hannity said. “We screwed up.”

The Fox News program used footage from a much larger Sept. 12 rally during a discussion on a health care rally from last week.

The archived footage was used to portray public outrage to the then-pending health care reform legislation in the House. The bill was passed by the House late Saturday.

Hannity ended his program Wednesday with a message for Stewart.

“By the way, I want to thank you and all your writers for watching,” he said.

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