It's no secret that Fox News tends to skew
slightly to the conservative side of the political spectrum, so it's no wonder that the network jumped at the opportunity to interview a young Obama-turned-Romney supporter on Fox & Friends.
It looks like the object of the segment was to suggest that even the President's base is fed up with his policies, but the the guest had other objectives in mind.
Fox thought Max Rice was an unemployed, recent college graduate who voted for Obama in 2008 and would instead be voting for the Republican presidential candidate this November. However, it turns out he's STILL in college and wasn't even old enough to vote in 2008!
During the sloppy interview, Gretchen Carlson starts to realize that producers may have picked the wrong Romney supporter to display on national television when he says:
“Why I am supporting Mitt Romney? It’s actually a funny story. I lost a basketball game to a friend of mine.”
It's all downhill from there and the control room finally develops the good sense to cut him off, but not before Max's mission was accomplished. After the prank, Rice revealed he wanted to expose the mainstream media's inability to check basic facts and explained:
“I don’t care if there’s any negative press about me. I think there’s a greater issue. Our media should be a tool to educate the masses, instead of getting ratings and selling Cheetos. This is proof.”
This prank was a long time coming too. The gears started turning when Rice got a call from a “friend of a friend” working at the network. They were looking for exactly what he falsely described himself to be, but he made sure to give his network contacts plenty of opportunity to catch the mistake, as he continued:
“I gave them no straight answers. Every time they called, it would be from an unknown number. I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I got my English degree from Texas.’ Then the next time, ‘Yeah, I’m in engineering.’”
We're sure the people at Fox News learned a valuable lesson, but wouldn't be surprised if they make the same mistake somewhere down the road.
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