Laura Ingraham Airs Misleading Images, Mocks Fact-Checkers for Busting Her
Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked other news outlets Monday night for catching them broadcasting misleading images of empty store shelves and briefly issued a reluctant correction before poking fun at those who took the boldness had to check them out.
Over the past few weeks, right-wing media has shown increasingly out of context photos of bare grocery store shelves to blow up President Joe Biden over the growing supply chain problem. While some stores across the country are currently facing increasing challenges due to congested Los Angeles ports, labor shortages and the ongoing pandemic, many of the images of under-stocked American supermarket shelves are dated or taken from other parts of the world.
During a segment on October 19 about the supply chain crisis, Ingraham aired two photos of empty shelves that were actually from the early days of the March 2020 pandemic, PolitiFact later discovered. (Ingrahams Fox News colleague Will Cain used one of the same images the night before in a segment where Biden was beaten up about supply chain problems.)
"On October 19th, this show played eight seconds of b-roll with empty shelves," she explained on Monday night. “The footage was incorrectly tagged in our system as it actually showed shelves for March 2020. No big deal [and] of course we apologize for the inaccurate representation, but in the days that followed, the really strange thing happened. "
Referring to the PolitiFact fact check, Ingraham said the store was "so concerned about this eight-second error" because it wanted to "distract from the fact" that stores are having trouble filling their shelves.
"So for the sake of accuracy, we'd like to take you on a tour of the United States," she added before scrolling through a montage of images she believed were taken in the past few days.
"Here are some empty shelves in Chicago," Ingraham once said when she shared a photo of a nearly full shelf in a grocery store.
While many of the half-shelf photos were from last week, the last undated image she aired was reportedly from Smyrna, Tennessee. The same image happened to be used on the October 15 broadcast of Fox News @ Night during a section about a spike in shoplifting.
"Some store shelves lack the essentials that make shoppers happy when they find the items they are looking for, while others find simple, inexpensive items that are locked up to keep things out," Fox News correspondent Laura Ingle said during the segment dated October 15 when the picture aired.
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