Monday night Jimmy Kimmel took a shot at Faux News’ Fox and Friends anchor Anna Kooiman for reporting that President Obama was paying out of his own pocket to keep the Museum of Muslim Culture open while simultaneously sending Park Police to prevent WWII veterans from entering the WWII Memorial.
Of course neither claim is true, the Park Service is following standard procedure for a government shutdown, there is no Museum of Muslim Culture in Washington and the source of the story was The National Report, a satire page, but as we all know, Faux News will never let mere facts keep them from attacking the President.
Kimmel wondered just how diligently the Producers at Fox work to verify a story before airing it so he asked his sidekick Guillermo to call their news desk with an outrageous tip about the President.
Guillermo, using a voice that only a child under the age of six would not recognize as someone attempting to disguise his voice, got on his cell phone and reported that he had just seen the President urinating on the American Flag.
They then brought up the “live feed” from Faux News to see what would happen. Bill O’Reilly was speaking but was immediately interrupted with a “Fox News Alert.” Cut to an “anchor” with a phone pressed to his ear and a look of horror on his face.
He proceeds to report that the President is urinating on the flag complete with a graphic which he describes as a “photo” (deliberate pause) “shop” of the incident, depicting the President with a yellow stream emanating from his lower regions which looks like it is coming from a fire hose onto the flag, which is flying from the top of a flag pole.
Of course it was not one of Jimmy’s famous pranks but rather a skit that they had put together for the purpose of showing the reckless abandon with which the channel attacks the President without any sort of fact checking. They have basically changed the old news axiom, “If it bleeds, it leads” to “If it places Obama in a bad light, the facts be damned, we run with it.”
While hilarious it loses some of its humor to the fact that it really isn’t very far removed from reality.
You can watch the video below from Mediaite.