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      1. dyedwool

        This is good news for John McCain, of course. DUH. (For the UMPTEENTH time, without even looking at the rest of the comments, my guess at the number is a GIMME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    1. Redhead

      Well it's good they never inflate the numbers of people at marches and rallies in DC either. If they did both, that would just really wipe out their credibility.

  1. bumfug

    Really? Fox News lies? *YAWN* I guess it was just in homage to Mike Huckabee on his departure.

  2. user-of-owls

    I thought much the same thing as I strolled among Arkansas' famed Giant Sequoia forests this morning.

    1. chickensmack

      There ARE no Giant Sequoias in Arkansas, you lying ass. They were all felled by the naturally occurring (non-man-made) earthquakes.

    2. PsycWench

      I've known that ever since I frolicked as a child in the snow that heavily blankets the North Carolina coast for months in the winter.

        1. dyedwool

          As everyone knows (because St. Ronnie Reagan told us so)…The Mighty Sequoias of Arkansas and other murderers like them brought about their own destruction, PLUS the Global Warming that is NOT happening. Which is why they had to be and continue to have to be chopped down pre-emptively. Jeeze.

          1. user-of-owls

            Oh great, now I'll have nightmares about that wicked light-bulb head James Watt. Thanks for nuttin'

        2. Lascauxcaveman

          Oh, come on you stupid jerks, haven't you ever heard how people from around those parts pronounce it? "Westconsin?"

          Probably down by Palm Springs or something…

  3. user-of-owls

    It would take a long time for me to fabricate out of whole cloth a plausible lie explain…

    1. CapnFatback

      "Who bussed them in?"
      "Um . . . who do you think brought them in, Bill?"
      "Other unions in symapathy?"
      "Um . . . sure!"

  4. SorosBot

    It's sort of like the great soaring mountains of Smallville, Kansas. Has Fox given up on even pretending it's non-fiction anymore?

  5. missemish

    Well, I am going mountain climbing in Iowa this weekend. Meanwhile, in Canada: Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right-wing talk radio out of Canada. (via: http://bit.ly/gc60eR)

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      Oh Canada, I LUVS you! (and Toronto is pretty awesome place to be at least 8 months of the year!)

    2. comrad_darkness

      Their current right-wing Bush III government is trying desperately to overturn that law.

      1. missemish

        Yeahhh. They call him "George W. Bush's Mini Me." Sadly, I'm sure he takes it as a compliment. That bastard has one smug face.

  6. Sophist [APPLESAUCE]

    Fucking global warming, man.

    Oh, wait, Fox doesn't believe in that do they? Hmm, give me a minute here, I'm sure I can come up with something

  7. DerrickWildcat

    On second thought…well actually it was my first thought, this is rife with monumental comedic possibilities.

    You see, technically, that footage was never labeled that it took place in Madison. They just showed that footage while talking about Madison. They could have shown footage of the Black Panthers, Malcom X, Tree Rollins punching Danny Ainge…you know, stuff that gets the drooler's 80 year old blood boiling…all while talking about Unions in Wisconsin.

    Jon Stewart: You know what to do.

  8. Cicada

    I wondered why the Wisconsin protesters were waving pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini and burning the American flag.

    1. Sophist [APPLESAUCE]

      Yeah, that made me suspicious too. All the liberals and union members I know wave pictures of Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro during our weekly flag burning/bake sale.

  9. sezme

    Wisconsin is a very dangerous state. I was almost eaten by a shark in Lake Michigan one time.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Be careful of those lionfish, stonefish, and moray eels when you are scuba diving on the Great Green Bay-rier Reef!

  10. OneDollarJuana

    Hey, Seattle has palm trees. Why not Wisconsin? Same latitude, for goodness sakes.

        1. ShaveTheWhales

          There's also a big one in the entrance hall* to the Milwaukee Art Museum.

          *"Entrance hall" is not the right term, and it's a bit of an understatement, since it cost something like $75M. It was donated by a fella named Quadracci (as in Quad Graphics), one of my favorite examples of a non-evil entrepreneur.

          1. Extemporanus

            Having lived near a Quad Graphics in Milwaukee as a kid, and flown to a Quad Graphics in Milwaukee to do press checks as an adult, I totally agree: Quad Graphics is good people.

            But Chilhuly fucking sucks.

      1. weejee

        So true the latitudes clearly lie worse than Faux News.

        How can it be that the northernmostest tippy tip of Wihzconsin is 47º 30' which is 2 whole minutes further north than the northernmostest tippy tip of Maine. It is obvs to anyone who looked at the map hanging on the wall in their 3rd grade classroom that Maine is much furtherest north state 'ceptin' Alaska. Good grief Charlie Geographers are you tellin' me that where I live in the Central District of C'Addle, which is 47º 37', that my house is a whoppin 7 whole minutes further north than the northern tip of Wisconsin, much less that tropical paradise known as Maine?

    1. dyedwool

      Easy there, Greedy Cheesy. Can Wisconsin give us salmon? Bill Gates?

      Whether or not we want him/them is really beside the point. ANSWER THE QUESTION.

  11. nounverb911

    Fox is treading on thin ice here. Aren't their NY studio crews unionized? Isn't it time for the overhead lights in the studios to start raining down on O'Reilly and Beck?

    1. user-of-owls

      If wishes were leftists, Beck would be converted to poop-sausage. Or something like that.

    2. emmelemm

      Well, cognitive dissonance = all-time high. How else to explain the "Get gov't outta my Medicare" meme?

      "Filthy blood-sucking unions!! Oh wait, I'm in a union? Whaaaaa…"

  12. SheriffRoscoe

    BREAKING: Panty wearing union thug slaps the shit out of FOX NEWS correspondent John Stossel…… while standing in the Wisconsin State House.**

    **may or may not be true

    1. mayor_quimby

      I have never seen that before!! But my dinner will taste so much better now just knowing that SOMEONE SOMEWHERE has slapped the shit out of Stossel at some point in his life.
      Thank you, and many +Pee Coletrains to you

    2. Dashboard_Jesus

      fuck I love that video, haven't seen it in years but STILL warms my heart to see Stossel get the shit LITERALLY slapped out o' him!

  13. imissopus

    So this is where little Meggy McCain got that talking point in her Daily Beast "column" the other day about union workers rioting in California. All her research consisted of watching Fox News for five minutes and getting pissed off. Then I guess she went back to begging someone, anyone, to please have sex with her already.

    1. WIDTAP

      Except even that clip was not from a union rally. It was an anti TEA Party rally in California, so….

      1. Steverino247

        (one more time!) The worst thing about being an atheist is there's no one to talk to while getting blown.

  14. user-of-owls

    Also, where do I apply for one of those "professional left-winger" jobs? What's it pay?

    From each according to his ability, to each according to his screed. It's pretty much like every other socialist enterprise, like for example the tip jar.

  15. facehead

    All of this raises the obvious question: which group of professional left-wingers is bussing in these palm trees?

  16. BarackMyWorld

    A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the teabagger and says, "Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie."

    1. Sophist [APPLESAUCE]

      A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies coconuts on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies coconuts, looks at the teabagger and says, "Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie coconut."

      Fixed for palm relevance.

    2. glamourdammerung

      It would make more sense if the union person was not present and the 12th cookie was actually lead paint and feces being sold at a "fair market" value to the trusting teabagger.

      1. comrad_darkness

        It would make more sense if the union person was not present and the 12th cookie was actually lead paint and feces being sold at a "fair market" value to the trusting brainwashed, corn syrup addled teabagger.

        /fixed

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      …and who the fuck came up with the name 'Mediaite' anyway? that's the stoopidest fucking name for a web site maybe ever

  17. widestanceroman

    Since Wisconsin does occasionally border Egypt in FOX World, they probably migrated illegally so they can produce anchor/terrorist baby palms.

  18. Jason_inthe_Peg

    You see it's just like that time that Jesus rode that ass under the palms to go speak truth to the money lenders.

    Fox Reporters=Jesus
    Union=money lenders.
    Fox news=ass

    Can I please have a million dollar gig at Fox news now?

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      gotta admit I liked the palm fronds and the adoring crowds and all, but if I had a CLUE what was gonna happen next I woulda rode my ass outta town faster than you can say 'crucifixion'!

  19. An_Outhouse

    What I want to know is how Faux gets any footage that DOESN'T show the public beating the living shit out of their spokes models and camera people.

  20. PublicLuxury

    Date Palms do OK in Madison but fail in other parts of the state. Sago Palms, not such a great choice. They are much too tempermental for the climate.

    Nothing like beer and brats under a palm tree.

  21. SorosBot

    You know, I was wondering why those union rioters all had really long hair and were demanding that we pull out of Vietnam.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      That's great news. Recall at least three of the fucking moron senators who support the gov and the Dems are back in power. Then gov Dipshit may have a different face on when he climbs down from his palm tree, coconuts in hand, twirling his tail.

    2. GOPCrusher

      The clock is ticking for Scott Walker's recall. I just don't think that these people are smart enough to understand the sleeping giant that they awoke.

  22. Jason_inthe_Peg

    You see it's just like that time that Jesus rode that ass under the palms to go speak truth to the money lenders.

  23. Tundra Grifter

    I love the "bussed in" remarks. Remember The TeaBagger Express? Those rallies in DC? Geez – no out of town folks at those events, were there?

    Oh. There were? Nevermind…

    1. Pithaughn

      But if the Florida GOP busses in young thugs in starched shirts to terrorize county election judges, well, that's just good ole merican hard ball politics.

  24. mull_man

    My left wing tip looks very professional today; sadly, not so my right wing tip.

    They're 7 year old Alden's, size 10D. And either of them make excellent projectiles.

  25. PublicLuxury

    How is Meghan McCain reporting the event? She has such superior insight. She should run for president. Maybe a McCain/McCain ticket, Daddy can take the backseat role.

    1. Rotundo_

      Yup. even though it's gonna hit the low 20's tonight, Palm trees grow to 70-80 feet in height in some parts of the dairy state. If you ever want to smell what heaven on earth smells like, the desert dome of the conservatory first thing on opening, before the over-cologned and stogie smoked unwashed enter is as close as I can say I have. The tropical one smells like decaying wood with some help from negative ions from the watering system and the waterfall in it., and the seasonal can be a surprise (good or bad) depending on what they have out (easter lillies and some others can be a wee bit powerful for some). Theys awl purty tho.

      1. ShaveTheWhales

        Mitchell Park (right?) was a great place to go in mid-fucking-winter, for a little change of pace.

      2. Extemporanus

        Thanks for the on-the-nose walk down memory lane, Rotundo.

        Back in the ass-end of the 80s, I had my high school "Senior Dinner Dance" (sorta like prom, but minus all the hawt Sophomore and Junior chicks) at the Domes. I was in charge of the planning committee, and in addition to selecting the location, I arranged for the caterers to serve grub evocative of the flora and climate in each XXX cup-sized geodesic jug: Mexican in the desert dome; Polynesian in the tropical dome; Italian in the carnation, rose, and topiary-choked seasonal dome-cum-vomitorium.

        And if I'm not mistaken, we hired the always-in demand "Music in Motion" to drop a variety of fresh and timely vinyl dance beats in the marble-floored, low-ceilinged, acoustic hell of an underlit lobby.

        It was, to be entirely honest, pretty goddamn fucking awesome:

        I arrived in a Porsche 924 that one of my Indian best friends ("dot-dot", not "pow-wow") "borrowed" from his uncle; I was relentlessly pursued from climate to climate all night by the in-the-closet pitcher of our girls softball team as she made one last ditch, desperate attempt to rebuff her love of muff; a couple dozen of us ended up at the Chalet Motel in Mequon, which we had to hysterically flee shortly thereafter when the po-po crashed our party and jacked our stash of Bartles & James two-liters; we ended up at the beach just down from the "Witch's House" in Fox Point; my two dates and I had dry sex in a lifeguard chair until dawn; I got both blue balls and grounded for a month; et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…

        Well, anyhoo…umm, what were we talking about again? Oh yeah! The Domes!

        Theys all really is purty!

    2. finallyhappy

      And Birnam wood came to Dunsinane? sorry, the spelling may be off although really who knows what Shakespeare wrote

  26. Jerri

    Goddamnit FOX. Way to let the cat out of the bag.

    In related news, Jerri's Tropical Palm Oasis and Cheese Museum Resort hopes to break ground soon (…as soon as it thaws). Book your packages now, Snowbirds!

    1. Rotundo_

      Some aged brick cheese and some limburger (drop by Monroe for that) will thaw the ground early, but the neighbors may have some issues with it. Gouda Luck!

  27. Doktor Avalanche

    Wisconsin is a big state what with Lake Michigan on one side, mountains to the north, and beaches to the south. That's why there are so many cushy union gigs there, it's a slackers paradise.

    Edit: I really should have read some of the other comments before shooting off my fingers. Apologies for biting on the WI / tropical meme.

      1. Doktor Avalanche

        I thought the link was for a soundtrack to your comment until I noticed all those partiers are G-D teachers!

    1. Rotundo_

      Dont forget the curls on Michigan-2 to 3 foot peaks, 50 degree water. And people surf it, as God is my witness.

      1. Doktor Avalanche

        Now this is true. I grew up in MI and Superior, it's said, never gives up her dead.

          1. Lascauxcaveman

            Oh, great. Now I'm gonna have the Gordon Lightfoot version of "Pipeline" going through my head all night.

  28. Troubledog

    The unions are using taxpayer money to grow palm trees in Wisconsin. Obviously to make their Muslim Brotherhood contingent feel more comfortable.

    This is the last straw. Finally my eyes are opened.

      1. Troubledog

        Yet another example of Obama's appeasement. He's not even bothering to hide it anymore. It's like when he sent that bust of Winston Churchill back to the place that Tony Blair stole it from. The arrogance of that man, and his Kenyan colonial world view.

  29. Natl_Indecency_Cmdr

    sadly, the funding for the palm trees in madison was cut in the recent budget bill.

    1. Extemporanus

      Fret not, my frozen, frond-less friend…

      Calf Creole and the Cowcownuts are headlining a benefit show this Sunday at Der Rathskeller!

  30. tabouley

    First palm trees, next it will be killer bees attacking. And they say this globull warmin' is nonsense!

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      If a million and a half old people show up in Wisconsin in October or November with RVs towing Jeep Cherokees and stay for 5 or 6 months, then I'm really gonna start worrying.

  31. OneYieldRegular

    So not only are they ahistorical – ignoring the horrifically violent, murderous history of labor repression in this country by corporate thugs abetted by local, state and even the federal governments – they're now geographically challenged as well. Listen – I'm holding up my end of the bargain – I'm deciding – but when is FOX going to be doing the reporting?

  32. CrunchyKnee

    Everyone knows that palm trees were indigenous to Wisconsin until the righteous Europers "liberated" it from those godless heathens!!!111!

  33. MinAgain

    Palm trees, huh? Is there any way we can blame this on Sharia Law? If so, I've got a legislator in my state who'd be happy to call it treason.

  34. mourningnmerica

    One of the protesters should go to the Safeway, buy a coconut, and return to the protest with a large stepladder, and wait for Fox to start reporting live from the scene…

  35. Numbat_Dundee

    It's global warming. Rupert said he belives in it and O'Reilly is finally getting the new line.

  36. Snarke_Diem

    Wisconsin has palm trees now! Good god – we have a hard enough time up here in Berkeley keeping them alive. How do they do it? Must be God himself making them grow. A miracle!

  37. WhatTheHeck

    If you look closer, you will see some Union people holding what looks like, Union copies of the Koran in their Union hands.

    Fox News

  38. JoeBiteme

    They report, we decide, right? Fair and balanced, etc etc. I suggest we not rush to a hasty judgement by believing our lying eyes…

  39. Radiotherapy

    Who's the genius now? By Gov. Walker cutting corporate and business taxes, business is flocking to Wisconsin. The hospitality trade is booming. Landscaping companies are begging for help. A Wings® on every corner.

  40. donner_froh

    If the camera had pulled back and panned to the right Fox could have framed all the union thugs with the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Another great opportunity missed.

  41. LionelHutzEsq

    In fairness to FOX News reporters in the hell that is downtown Beirut Madison, I assume we all remember how in-their-face they got with the 'baggers when they protested about the government getting its hands on their medicare. They were constantly shouting at them, and challenging them for proof that Obama was born in Kenya, or that he once dressed like a witch doctor, or grew watermelons on the socialized front lawn of the White House, or was trying to socialize medicine by basically adopting the Republican plan from 1994. .

  42. LionelHutzEsq

    Undoubtedly, the palm trees are just part of Obama setting up his Islamic Caliphate.

    It is one of those days where everything on FOX News seems to be proving Glenn Beck right.

    [This message has been approved for posting by Roger Ailes.]

  43. Gleem_McShineys

    Fake video goes up, fake video goes down. How'd that fake video get dere? YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT.

  44. owhatever

    I hope the union thugs are exercising their constitutional right to carry firearms. The Fox reporters seem awfully threatening, and a union thug has a right to protect himself.

  45. gef05

    What makes me laugh is the insight this provides.

    The producers at Fox obviously believe their average viewer to be just as fucking stupid as the rest of us believe them to be.

  46. Steverino247

    Palm trees and Creeping Sharia do not do well in the Wisconsin climate. For example, the Creeping Sharia wouldn't bloom until so late in the season, the Allahuahkbar Beetles who fertillize them would be migrating to Detroit already. (Send all bombs to your own embassies, thanks!)

  47. Ugh

    Wow. My new name broke IntenseDebate and I couldn't comment for like a week. It did not like the quote-mark in John quote-Idiot-quote Kaisch. I was logged in but no matter where I tried I could not get it to show up here.

    As soon as I changed it to something else Wonkette suddenly realized I was logged into IntenseDebate.

    I even went to Breitbart.tv to see if it worked there, cuz I thought I might have been banned. I think I need to file an emotional distress lawsuit against IntenseDebate Corporation now.

    Oh, and I tried Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7 too. So between visiting Breitbart and using Microsoft products, I've missed Wonkett.

  48. DoktorZoom

    Mediaite (Could someone think of a worse name for a media-oriented website?) explains: At the top of the piece, he rolled footage of a number of the “union thug” videos that have become so popular on Right Wing news sites in the past few weeks. O’Reilly clearly identified the videos as collectively coming from “all over the country.” As many shows do, this B-roll footage was replayed again during the rest of the segment, including during an interview with Mike Tobin, Fox News’ reporter who’s been on the ground in Wisconsin.

    Here’s where the problem occurred. Tobin was discussing Wisconsin (since that where he’s been) while the general footage played in the background. Taken out of context, these few seconds would seem deceptive. But, if you’d already seen the full segment, you’d recognize what the footage was (besides, this same clip has aired on other Fox News programs like Glenn Beck and been identified as coming from California). Further, the protest footage from Wisconsin is clearly labeled “Madison” as well as date and time stamped, while the “palm tree footage” is labeled “Union Protests.”

    So let's be clear–Fox wasn't actually claiming that the scenes were in Madison. They were just really lazy and sloppy in their use of video. So, hey, not lying–just shitty reporting, which with Fox, is pretty much the norm.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      No, no, that's quite a bit better than the norm. The norm is actual baldfaced lying.

    2. BaldarTFlagass

      O’Reilly clearly identified the videos as collectively coming from “all over the country.”

      All over the time-space continuum, too.

      1. user-of-owls

        I knew that I saw Eugene Debs in there! Also, I thought including the Odessa Steps scene from Battleship Potemkin was a deft touch.

    3. genxr

      So we could dig up some footage from the 1960s showing police using dogs and firehouses while we talk about the tea party, as long as we label the footage, "White Southerners."

  49. chimpinatophat

    Actually, the brave souls at Fox News are completely right. Wisconsin doesn't want outsiders with their lactose intolerance and non-Packers football jerseys moving here, so we greatly exaggerate the extent of our winters. The long-sleeved shirt, wool sweater and scarf I am currently wearing are an illusion achieved with smoke and mirrors; I am in fact actually wearing a bikini.

      1. Natl_Indecency_Cmdr

        dammit! 2 hours late and $20 short. good on you, historicat.

        also, chimpinatophat (ah, i remember you from my english papers in college) anyhoo, chimp! "The long-sleeved shirt, wool sweater and scarf I am currently wearing" put a hat on your head! it barely hit 20! what would your mother think?

  50. undeterredbyreality

    Another problem with that tape? Isn't that Tobin douche wearing a neck-brace under his shirt? For the bitch-slap he didn't get but really deserved?

  51. Blendergoathead

    Wow. I finally saw the footage of that poor, defenseless Fox "reporter" getting shoulder-touch-death-raped by Santa Claus in Wisconsin.

    If, dear sweet Jesus forbid, he doesn't survive this vicious attack – what kind of signs will the Fred Phelps people bring to his funeral?

  52. EdFlintstone

    I think the worst part was when the union protestors helped that white pimp and his ho get an abortion.

  53. Natl_Indecency_Cmdr

    i always show up here too late. sorry. work to be done. but you all need to read this and i'm not kidding. it is just… it's just everything.

    "That's why Gov. Walker is so scared of this community. Because he knows he's not up against a fleeting burst of anger. He's up against human nature at its best — and its strongest."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-brandzel/the-un

    also, there is this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleybaccam/a-very-impor

  54. lulzmonger

    Actually FOX was going easy on those union thugs – they didn't even show the LIVE ACTION footage of them throwing all those poor Kuwaiti babies out of their incubators.

  55. Negropolis

    This looks kosher to me from my home in the Hiawatha National Desert here in Michigan.

    Seriously, though, one of the strangest sights you'll see in the Great Lakes is driving by Domino's Farms in suburban Ann Arbor and seeing American Bison grazing next to the corporate headquarters.

  56. smokefilledroommate

    Manufactured FEAR "news"= footage of shit not pertaining to the actual subject and a ticker with words like Zion, Jerusalem and 'Iranian Officials'. Works every time.

  57. Come here a minute

    You seen one union thug, you seen em all. These classic videos absolutely show what is happening in Madison, regardless of what your lying eyes say. Too bad they left out the 1968 Democratic convention, an all-time favorite.

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