Fox News' Stuart Varney Does Nada To Correct False Claim Intended To Humiliate Occupy Wall Street

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Stuart Varney's successfully made the jump from financial reporter to spreader of false rumors. Good journalism, pal...
Yesterday, Fox News' Stuart Varney claimed he found an ad Occupy Wall Street placed on Craigslist offering $10 an hour for people to pose as protesters and "hang out" in Zuccotti Park for two days of protest. As we revealed yesterday, Varney's claim is bullshit -- Occupy Wall Street had nothing to do with the ad, and it was actually posted by a for-profit price club business.

Varney used the claim in an attempt to humiliate the OWS movement, joking on his TV show yesterday about how funny it is that a group that's so anti-capitalism would offer a cash incentive to "hang out" in a park. Varney's fans used his false claim to suggest that even OWS members know their movement is losing steam.

So Varney's corrected his error, right? Wrong -- we've reached out to Varney and the PR squad at News Corp -- Fox News' parent company -- multiple times since we exposed Varney's false claim asking for an explanation, or an apology, or a correction -- anything. We've heard nothing back -- all while the faux-story is building up steam on Varney's Facebook page.

If you missed our story on Varney's bogus claim, click here. Basically what happened is Varney -- or someone on his staff -- stumbled upon a Craigslist ad recruiting paid protesters to go to Zuccotti Park yesterday and today "hang out" during a protest. No where in the ad does it mention anything about Occupy Wall Street, but because OWS rhetoric (the whole "99 percent" thing) was used in the ad, Varney determined it was the work of the occupiers.

However, a quick Google search revealed that the group that posted the ad wasn't OWS, but a company using OWS rhetoric to help launch its website by staging a "protest" (launch party) in Zuccotti Park -- the same park where OWS got its start.

The company is called AllOURPower. It's described on its website as a "united movement of consumers pooling their buying power to force companies, large and small, to lower prices for AOP members. The AOP purchasing power will save you money on gas, groceries, insurance, electronics, cellular providers, Internet services, hotels, car rentals and on and on and on."

In other words, it's a price club.

The company's founder, Joe Kalfa, said yesterday that he also planned to let Varney know that he's the one who posted the ad -- not Occupy Wall Street (it's unclear whether Kalfa actually alerted Varney's show -- he couldn't immediately be reached this afternoon). Yet, Varney's done nothing to correct the error.

On his Facebook page, Varney posted the screen shot from his television show we've posted below. He gave it the caption "HELP WANTED! Even as the weather gets warmer, the Occupy movement seem to be having trouble finding fresh protesters. Just take a look at this ad posted over the weekend."

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Since the image was posted yesterday, it's tallied 173 Facebook shares, 146 "likes," and over 100 comments, the vast majority of which are mocking the OWS movement.

"Paying people to protest is asinine. That's like paying people to go to church, to volunteer at the local food bank or <gasp> vote," Varney fan Diana Mead Burns commented. "People who protest do it because it's something important to you personally. Paying people to protest corrupts their message, and frankly, says they've lost their battle."

Vicki Staggs Sanifer writes "they have to pay people! ha!"

Get your tinfoil helmets ready for this one because Maggie Guerrero Buckley offers the following rant about grammar and conspiracy theories (all sic): "(Aside from the usage mistake: "Were" instead of "we're")... And this "Movement" is supposed to be so grassroots, so organic by the "1%." < Irony Alert!> Right! In truth, we know that Occupy Wallstreet is being not only funded, but orchestrated by a radical liberal gazillionaire! It is despicable how radical socialists can exploit the ignorant, the unsophisticated, the young, the ideal; these "useful idiots" are treated as disposable collateral damage!"

Again, Varney's claim that the "99 percent" is hiring protesters is "100 percent" bullshit -- the least he could do is set the record straight.

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liberal media bias
liberal media bias

I suppose now you will be correcting this article since Varney found the group responsible for the ad to set the record straight.

guest
guest

Alright.. Most of us already know that Fox News and it's leaders are for the extremly wealthy and they are racist to begin with. They will use any and every opportunity to silence the massive voice of the people, in order to safeguard and secure the upper-uppers in society and their wealth. This attempt to tarnish the image of the OWS movement is not a surprise, as that is what they use their so called journalism talent to do. Fox is a joke if you take the time to really analize and dissect through all of the bullshit that they tell you. And if you are one to base your opinion on solely one source of information, then it is indeed a pity. The article states that this "price club" will be occupying the park the same day as OWS, so yes OWS will be in the park. This goes a lot deeper than what people see in front of their faces because there are people that believe in the movement and just don't have the time to attend protest. The people are really fed up with being stepped on. They can't accomplish the basic things that they want and need to do in order to live comfortably. All of these bailouts for the rich are ridiculous. If you want to save your company or your assets, then you have to come out of pocket to do so. Simple. Your a business, you take business risk. Taxes are to fund and upold the state and serve the people. It was the rich and wealthy that made our economy the way it is because they are the only ones that have the means to change it. If you have inherited wealth, created your wealth from John Q Public earned incomes or even made millions and billions of dollars from bootlegging, money laundering or any other "crime", then you can afford to sit on your ass and let your "wealth" speak for you. However, if this economy doesn't pick up and the so called old 1% money doesn't begin to circulate, then people will hold onto what little they have. What does that mean for the stock market and the stock holders and shareholders? Suicide is my guess. But anyway, I thought that this article was very interesting because 1) It shows that Stuart Varney is not only an incompetent journalist, he's an asshole; and  2) There are a lot of assholes following him and believing the idiotic things that they hear and see. I'm all for if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck, but it just might be something else. Slight of hand people. I want you to look at what I'm showing you with my left hand because I don't want you to see what I'm doing with my other hand. No disrespect is intended. This is just one of my opinions as my opinions do change to accommodate the ever changing circumstances that surround us daily.

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

Seriously?  An apology?  Can it be proven that OWS did not post the ad?  If you go to the OWS website, they do list activity scheduled May 10-15, siting May 10th as "Assembly & Speak Out" culminating in an eventual "mass convergence on Times Square."  Seems very plausible to me that the ad was placed by OWS......

N. Graham
N. Graham

Probably haven't heard anything since it's the tip of the iceberg for them.  If they started apologizing and acknowledging all the false information they broadcast, they wouldn't have time for anything else.

FOX LIES
FOX LIES

FOX lies, and then doesn't bother to correct themselves when it's pointed out that they lied?  I'm SHOCKED!

James King
James King

 No he didn't. I did! Here's the article I wrote Wednesday: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/...Then I sent Varney two emails, contacted Fox News, contacted the leader of the group and had HIM send Varney an email, and not until two days later does Varney even acknowledge that he got it wrong.I don't have a "liberal media bias." I have a "no bullshit" bias. I'm not a Fox-basher, or a liberal. Go back and read some of the stuff I've written about Occupy Wall Street in the past. When I worked at the Voice's Phoenix paper, the Occupy Phoenix movement started a Facebook group called "Boycott the Phoenix New Times and James King For Bias Coverage of Occupy Phoenix."Sorry your right-wing hero fucked up, but I don't pick sides based on political party. I pick sides based on who the biggest asshole is. In this particular case, it was Varney. And I did write and article with the video of Varney's interview with the guy from AllOURPower. It's right here: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/...There's no need for a correction, Varney took a rumor and presented it as fact. It wasn't until I called him out on it that he even acknowledged that he did it -- two days later.

James King
James King

Umm...seriously? Yes, it can be proven OWS didn't do it. I proved it yesterday and found the group responsible for the ad. Did you read the article?

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

Why not go to the OWS website before assuming that the report that "Fox lied" is true.....

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