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Fox News: Boo's for Ron Paul "Honest Mistake"

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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2011

Fox News Apologizes For "Honest Mistake" In Broadcasting CPAC Booing Ron Paul Error

esterday, many of the country's Libertarians were up in arms over what they saw as an intentional attempt by Fox News to discredit Rep. Ron Paul. The situation stemmed from Fox News playing a clip of Paul's 2010 victory in the CPAC straw poll and incorrectly identifying it as his 2011 victory. While Fox News told Mediaite that it was a mistake, the Paul supporters believed it was done because the 2010 video had more audible booing. Today, on America's Newsroom, the network offered its promised correction.

Fox News' Bill Hemmer, who interviewed Paul in the original segment in question, said delivered this statement on air: "It was clearly a mistake. We used the wrong videotape. There are similarities in the shot between last year's event and this year. ... Ron Paul won both years. However, there were audible boos in 2010 while you heard a lot more cheering this year. It's an honest mistake. We apologize for the error and we look forward to having Representative Paul back on our show very soon."

Is it notable that Fox News mentioned the booing instead of just making the correction? Again, though, it's doubtful this will satisfy the Paul supporters, many of whom already believed the network had a bias against the Congressman.

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