Fox News seems to be getting paranoid with drones, and hence they want to see them flying everywhere in the world including in the US. In its recently conducted journalistic blunders the news channel presented a false story about Environmental Protection Agency’s supposed use of spy drones on cattle ranchers in Nebraska and Iowa.
Unlike the overly futuristic look provided to the news by Fox, the story actually emerged when some Nebraska ranchers objected to the longstanding practice approved by the Supreme Court in 1986 regarding the use of aerial photography to enforce clean water laws. Their elected representative decided to raise the issue. Meanwhile, someone on Twitter mistakenly wrote ‘drone’ surveillance to ‘aerial’ surveillance.
The news was first picked by PJ Media who published it as the headline which read: "EPA Using Spy Drones to Fly Over Midwestern Farms.” The mistake then jumps to Fox News when Bob Beckel introduces the problem in an afternoon program ‘The Five’. The tampered news then becomes part of Fox News bulletin with news anchor Megyn Kelly reporting the rumor as fact.
Moreover, The Daily Show mocks the report by Kelly, but does term the use of drones as being genuine. End result, news became a national issue, and hence non-issue became an issue. Interestingly, the issue could have been avoided by making one call to EPA, but that call would have compromised the aggressive reporting Fox News is famous for.