Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 1 News List

Fox runs fake Kerry quotes

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , WASHINGTON

Plenty of news media analysts thought Senator John Kerry looked good at Thursday night's presidential debate, but Fox News went a step further, posting a made-up news article on its Web site that quoted Kerry as gloating about his fine manicure and his "metrosexual" appearance.

Fox News quickly retracted the article, saying in an editor's note on its Web site that the article "was written in jest and should not have been posted or broadcast." It said, "We regret the error, which occurred because of fatigue and bad judgment, not malice."

The article, posted on Friday on foxnews.com, was written by Carl Cameron, the chief political correspondent for Fox News, and included several bogus quotes from Kerry, supposedly assessing his performance in the debate.

"Didn't my nails and cuticles look great? What a good debate!" the article quoted Kerry, the Democratic candidate, as telling his supporters in Florida after the event.

"Women should like me! I do manicures," the story also quoted him as saying. It also had Kerry contrasting himself with President Bush: "I'm metrosexual -- he's a cowboy."

Before the debate, several Fox News commentators had also remarked on the air about how Kerry had reportedly gotten a manicure that day.

Cameron has been reprimanded over the incident, said Paul Schur, a spokesman for the network.

"This was a stupid mistake and a lapse in judgment, and Carl regrets it," Schur said.

He declined to say how Cameron had been reprimanded or whether action had been taken against others at Fox News who reviewed the article before it was posted. Cameron, who is a well-respected figure in news media circles, declined to discuss the incident when reached on Saturday. He is continuing to report from the political campaign trail.

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