Fox News reporter wears a protective vest at the border

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Fox News reporter wears a protective vest at the border and spawns hilarious memes

Marcus Gilmer, Mashable



Fox News contributor Lawrence Jones was at the center of a Twitter roasting on Thursday after he shared a photo of himself wearing a teeny protective vest while preparing for a live shot at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas.


A few other journalists shared their own photos reporting from the border without the need for protections from a shootout, questioning if Jones' choice was necessary or for optics.


After all, it's not hard to imagine this being part of the fear mongering that both Fox News and President Trump (who are now inextricably linked) have participated in regarding immigration and the border. And, as the WASHINGTON POST noted Webb County, where Jones was reporting, "is safer than 80 percent of comparable counties nationwide, the institute said, using FBI crime statistics."


But, the best reactions were the ones that straight-up mocked the body armor, a mix of GIFs and Photoshops that made light of the absurd visual.


To Jones' credit, he would later take to Twitter and explain that the vest was required by Customs and Border Protection officers, saying they would be liable if anything happened on his ride-along. He even apparently acknowledged why people reacted the way they did to the vest. He even tweeted his own joke about it on Friday morning.


But those reactions are a direct result of Fox News' treatment of the border stories all along; even if there's a reasonable explanation for things, it's hard to take it seriously in the full context of the network's coverage.


UPDATE: April 5, 2019, 10:45 a.m. EDT An earlier version of the story referred to the piece of equipment as a bulletpoof vest. The wording has been changed.








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Why is this FAKE news when it clearly has the correct information in the article?

Its the title and how the information is presented.


Mashable and others are content providers that are picked up by OTHER content providers and "news" outlets. A less than true article title that is loud and catchy will generate CLICKS, plain and simple. AN article that has a clear political tilt can be worded to seem less than so. This particular title is not a lie, but is presented as an attack on FOX news for its border stance.

It even makes it clear what it is doing with this statement : But those reactions are a direct result of Fox News' treatment of the border stories all along; even if there's a reasonable explanation for things, it's hard to take it seriously in the full context of the network's coverage.


Also, the reported in question points out in his tweets that the CBP required him to wear it for his ride along, something the Mashable article states but presents in a way that is easy to miss for folks that only scan headlines and HIS tweets are reachable by link where he talks about the situation.







My point? ALL the news agencies are peddling fake news of some sort and I intend to show it.








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Also, now Huffpost and others are running with this as a negative narrative.
See? Fake reporting premise now being spread all over, and no one will see any of the REAL reason he had the vest on.


Does it matter? In this day of 'alternative facts' does it even matter to anyone? Hell, this would not be a story if Twitter had not chimed in with memes and such, so Twitter is the driving force on a lot of this and it SUCKS that legitimate news agencies get their LEAD stories from twitting bubble-heads.
 
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You are not the customer. You are the product.

Liberals vs. Conservatives is an excellent dangling carrot for helping them sell you out. And the beauty is it doesn't matter which side you pick. Everyone clicks like good little sheep. Ka-ching....Ka-ching.
 

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You actually think Mashable and Huffington Post are news agencies?
In today's media climate they are largely indistinguishable from ABC, NBC, Reuters, et.al, because the major news agencies are generating less and less news from actual investigative reporting and more and more from click farms and "content" machines. All news outlets that have an online distribution mechanism are doing this. Also, it seems that going beyond the headlines is becoming a chore for most people.

So .. yes?