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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jerry Brown's Office Mad at Fox News Over "Fiction" Budget Story

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

click to enlarge Gil Duran before his Fox News crusade
  • Gil Duran before his Fox News crusade

California Gov. Jerry Brown has asked Fox News to do what some might believe to be seemingly impossible for the conservative news outlet: Quit spewing untruths.

The governor's press secretary fired off a slew of e-mails to Fox News claiming reporters over there had stretched the truth again -- in this case by billions of dollars. Fox reported last week that the state was staring at a $28 billion budget deficit when in fact it is projected to hit $1.9 billion next fiscal year.

So a frustrated Gil Duran penned the following e-mail to Fox, which was later reported on Jim Romenesko's media blog:

click to enlarge VIA ROMENESKO
  • via Romenesko

When he got no response, and the incorrect figures remained on Fox's site, Duran followed up with a more bitter e-mail:

click to enlarge via Romenesko
  • via Romenesko

That, too, went unanswered, which has not sat well with the Governor's Office. Duran told Romenesko:

click to enlarge via Romenesko
  • via Romenesko

But even better than reading Duran ripping Fox News a new one are the comments from readers, some of whom are journalists that aren't so happy with Duran themselves.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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