From Fox News's website today:
As discussed yesterday, Republicans are trying to score points on a statement by Obama to small business owners that "you didn't build that." Now, as a generally rational person, you might ask what exactly is the identity of "that". Is he telling small business owners that they didn't build the Grand Canyon? A child's laughter? How could we find out what he meant?
You might start by looking at the context of the statement. So here it is:
If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.It immediately becomes clear that the President is referring to the common goods of infrastructure, an educated work-force, and such. Romney's claims that Obama was telling small business owners that they didn't deserve credit for building their businesses is wrong on its face. There can't be any legitimate dispute over this.
But Fox News chooses to clearly pick sides in the dispute, supporting the Republican position. For starters, the structure of the headline puts Obama in a conflict with a a "small biz widow", and the ground on which the conflict will be fought is her dead husband's business. Then we get a picture of the old dead guy himself. They follow that up with a truly stunning subheadline, "Eileen Vento answers Obama's statement that small business owners - like her late Joey - 'didn't build that'". The subheadline accepts as fact the Republican misreading of Obama's statement.
The linked article continues the assault on the truth, quoting Vento and others who chose to take offense. Besides giving unopposed views of people who don't know what they're talking about, the text of the article, written by a supposed news reporter, includes pearls like "The president's slight of entrepreneurs also riled David Ruff, owner of..." Again, the "news" article presents as fact a Republican talking point which is demonstrably false.
All of this would be fine if it were an opinion article. Fox should be ashamed to call such lies "news".