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Fox News' holiday shocker: Angelina Jolie hates Thanksgiving

Angelina_jolie If there is an afterlife, I hope that I can be reborn as a headline writer for Fox News, where everyone seems to have a riotiously good time mocking or misrepresenting anything that is ever said -- or even imagined to be said -- by a liberal do-gooder. Last week, the target was Barack Obama. The president's new children's book happened to celebrate, among a host of other American heroes, the Sioux Indian chief Sitting Bull, inspiring a story from Foxnews.com headlined: "Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General."

And now, just in time for Turkey Day, Fox News is at again, with a story headlined: "Angelina Jolie Hates Thanksgiving, Refuses to Celebrate, Report Says." Of course, if you read the story, which originally appeared at the gossipy PopEater.com, you'd discover that there's zero evidence that Jolie said anything of the sort. In fact, the original story, which reads like a parody of a National Enquirer hit job, never quotes Jolie at all, relying on information culled from anonymous "family friends" and "insiders," who if they were actually friends at all, wouldn't be sharing such preposterous whoppers with a tabloid writer.

I mean, if one of your friends was actually talking to a tabloid snoop, could you imagine them stringing together a couple of sentences like this? "Jolie hates this holiday and wants no part in rewriting history like so many other Americans," the friend supposedly said. "To celebrate what the white settlers did to the native Indians, the domination of one culture over another, just isn't her style. She definitely doesn't want to teach her multi-cultural family how to celebrate a story of murder."

Yeah, right, that's just how any one of my friends would put it -- Patrick hates this holiday and wants no part in rewriting history like so many other Americans ... .  But at Fox News, anything that can serve as fodder to ridicule lefty Hollywood celebs is fair game, which must be why Fox's slogan is "fair and balanced."

With Thanksgiving upon us, I'd prefer to take the high road by offering up one of my favorite moments from my favorite Thanksgiving movie, John Hughes' "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." It stars Steve Martin and the late John Candy as mismatched travelers trying to get home for Turkey Day. (If you watch the movie, you'll see why every critic in America complained that "Due Date" was a callow rip-off of this wonderful tale.) In this scene, known to fans as the "Those Aren't Pillows" scene, the fellas, stuck for the night in a cheap motel room, wake up in a sleeping posture that turns out to be a little too close for comfort. Enjoy!

 

 
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Liberal news sources have repeated this story as fact as well — why the hell are you singling out Fox News? It is you that is being biased and irresponsible.

Written like a publicist.

Well if it isn't true, Jolie will sue the tab, won't she, eh? She sued some media just recently. My guess we'll wait and see if does any legal action against the tab. If she doesn't, then it's TRUE (which I believe).

I have never been a Angelina Jolie fan until today. She is right on on this one.

Wow, someone who actually analyzes what is written by a tabloid reporter, sees through the lies and BS instead of blindly repeating it. I think I am in shock.

I am not sure where Mr.Patrick Goldstein , the author of this story see the difference between the LA times, which takes an obvious liberal slant in supposedly giving the news andwhat he now describes as exagerations by Fox News.

Read your own media outlet Mr. Goldstein and you will find misrepresentation the name of the game

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I am not sure where Mr.Patrick Goldstein , the author of this story see the difference between the LA times, which takes an obvious liberal slant in supposedly giving the news andwhat he now describes as exagerations by Fox News.

Read your own media outlet Mr. Goldstein and you will find misrepresentation the name of the game


Posted by: volunteer | November 24, 2010 at 08:07 PM

Another example why the merger of The Daily Beast and Newsweek is one more brink in the destruction of journalism.

Why is Fox News quoting Popeater?

"A lie travels around the world before the truth has his pants on." This is more true today than ever before. We may not care about this story but if you and I know the media is doing sloppy job like this stories that really matter.

To oh boy: Celebs don't sue US media except on major stories which this is not. Because to win in a US court it takes more than proving that the story was a lie. Jolie will probably respond during her next interview but of course Fox News will not published her response as big as the did this story.

Angelina Jolie should stop worrying about Thanksgiving and start thinking about learning how to act. And it's time she thought about paying a visit to the plastic surgeon, because she's looking old.

So basically, you're feigning outrage because Fox (and many other media outlets) are treating Jolie the same way that you (and many other media outlets) regularly treat the Palin family, the Bush family, and others that you do your best to keep under a negative public light.

Now do you see why fewer and fewer of us trust you and your peers these days?

 
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