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Jan 31 2012

Fox News Lies About Rock Beyond Belief

Todd Starnes of Fox News tries his damnedest to dredge up faux controversy over the Rock Beyond Belief event at Ft. Bragg. Justin Griffith, the force behind the festival, has the full transcript of the interview he did with Starnes, which shows how he hacked it up dishonestly.

The “controversy” is over a song by Aiden, a band that is playing at the event. They have a video that shows video of churches burning, but the song is actually about adherents of the various religions burning down each other’s churches, mosques and synagogues. ZOMG! Atheist band wants to burn down churches! False. Absolutely false. And they have naughty lyrics in some of their songs! *clutches pearls and feigns outrage*

And as Justin points out, and pointed out in his interview with Starnes, Aiden agreed in advance to play a family-friendly show, as did all of the acts. Nothing you can’t say on the radio, that’s the rule. Everyone has agreed to that voluntarily. And that should have been the whole article. The headline should have said Atheist Festival to Be Family Friendly Event. But that would be honest and accurate, something that only happens at Fox News by accident. And this piece was no accident; it was an intentional hit piece by a dishonest reporter.

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  1. 1
    jolo5309

    Did you add the last three words to the title because otherwise no one would read it?

  2. 2
    timberwoof

    What’s the problem? It’s perfectly fair to report on how Rock Beyond Belief is being reported.

  3. 3
    TheAllen

    All Ed had to say was the first three words. Not very interesting though.

  4. 4
    tomh

    @ #2

    I took it to mean if the headline were just, “Fox News Lies About,” no one would read it because it’s so common and expected.

  5. 5
    NoVaRunner

    From the Fox hit piece:

    “The website Christianfighterpilot.com was the first to raise questions about the music.”

    No big surprise there. He’s been trying to curtail the free speech of the non-religious since this festival was announced.

    I spent a sizable chunk of my Air Force career working with fighter pilots. I’m thankful I never worked with a proselytizing moron like the guy who runs that website, or my career may have ended up being rather abbreviated.

  6. 6
    plutosdad

    Aren’t our laws built around the 10 most important commandments of God ever, one of which is “do not bear false witness”?

    Even the “spiritual armor” described by Paul was held up by “the belt of truth”, and I always thought that meant without truth nothing else matters and will fall apart.

    Or if you remember from Excalibur:

    Arthur: “What is the greatest quality of a knight? Courage? Humility? Chivalry?”

    Merlin: “Truth! It must be truth. For when a man lies he murders some part of the world”

    The druids had it right, better than these FOX Christians.

  7. 7
    baal

    While Faux News lies early and often, there’s value in building a record on the web of the details.

  8. 8
    d cwilson

    SOP on Fox is if there is no controversy, invent one. After all, this is the Channel that called the rapper Common a “positive” force in music until it was announced he’d be appearing at a White House event. Then he became the most notorious gangsta in the world.

  9. 9
    exdrone

    Well, they could always switch over to christian bands, but then again, it’s not intended to be a comedy festival:

    Billy Connolly on Christians and Christian Rock

  10. 10
    keithb

    Reminds me of the folks complaining about Pat Benatar’s “Hell is for Children”, not realizing it was about child abuse.

  11. 11
    JD

    Ed said:

    Fox News Lies…

    Interesting that you didn’t list anything they actually said that was a lie.

    The only thing close is when the author said the video showed the band performing in front of burning churches, when the video never showed the band performing at all. If that’s the lie you’re talking about, fine. But that hardly changes the point of the article.

  12. 12
    dingojack

    [JD said:]Interesting that you didn’t list anything they actually said that was a lie.

    [From Ed's leader:] The “controversy” is over a song by Aiden, a band that is playing at the event. They have a video that shows video of churches burning, but the song is actually about adherents of the various religions burning down each other’s churches, mosques and synagogues. ZOMG! Atheist band wants to burn down churches! False. Absolutely false. And they have naughty lyrics in some of their songs! *clutches pearls and feigns outrage*

    JD – I’m so sorry to hear about your reading comprehension difficulties. If you ask your local librarian they may be able to point you toward a suitable adult literacy program.

    Dingo

  13. 13
    dan4

    @11: The lie in Starnes’ article is the false impression that he leaves that the members of Aiden actually ADVOCATE the burning of churches.

  14. 14
    Ace of Sevens

    Stringing together true statements in a way designed to make the reader come to a false conclusion is lying by implication.

  15. 15
    JoeBuddha

    Lying is deliberately leading your audience to a conclusion you know to be false. Doesn’t matter how you do it.

  16. 16
    MartyM

    The hate speech coming from Christians on Todd Starnes Facebook page is impressive.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Todd-Starnes/128334087241432

  17. 17
    Raging Bee

    Reminds me of the folks complaining about Pat Benatar’s “Hell is for Children”, not realizing it was about child abuse.

    Those “folks” were probably among the perpetrators of the abuse Benatar was singing about.

  18. 18
    kermit.

    @11: Interesting that [...] they actually said that was a lie.

    The only thing close is [...] the video showed the band performing in front of burning churches[...] that’s the lie you’re talking about[...]

    See?

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