Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked other media outlets Monday night for catching her broadcasting deceptive images of empty store shelves, briefly reluctantly posting a correction before mocking those who have had the temerity to verify it.
In recent weeks, the right-wing media have increasingly featured out-of-context photos of bare grocery shelves to criticize President Joe Biden over the growing supply chain problem. While some stores across the country are indeed currently facing increasing challenges due to blocked Los Angeles ports, labor shortages and the ongoing pandemic, many images of U.S. supermarket shelves in barely stocked are obsolete or come from elsewhere in the world.
During an October 19 segment on the supply chain crisis, Ingraham released two photos of empty shelves that actually dated from the early days of the pandemic in March 2020, as PolitiFact later noted. (Ingraham’s colleague at Fox News, Will Cain, used one of the same images the night before in a segment disparaging Biden about supply chain issues.)
“On October 19, this show aired eight seconds of b-roll showing empty shelves,” she said Monday night. “The images were improperly marked in our system because they actually showed shelves for March 2020. That’s okay. [and] we of course apologize for putting together some inaccurate visuals, but the really weird thing happened in the days that followed.
Highlighting PolitiFact’s fact-checking, Ingraham said the outlet was “so concerned about this eight-second error” as it wanted to “distract from the fact” that stores are having problems stocking their shelves.
“So for the sake of clarity, we want to show you around the United States,” she added, before scrolling through a montage of images she says she’s taken in recent days.
“Here are some empty shelves in Chicago,” Ingraham said at one point, sharing a photo of a nearly full grocery shelf.
Notably, while many photos of half-empty shelves were dated from last week, the undated final image she released is believed to be from Smyrna, Tennessee. This same image was also used on the Oct. 15 broadcast of Fox News @ Night during a segment on an increase in shoplifting.
“The bare essentials are lacking on some store shelves, making shoppers feel lucky if they can find the items they are looking for, while others find simple, low-cost items kept under lock and key for safekeeping. things out of the way, ”Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle said during the Oct. 15 segment as the image aired.
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