Fox News Suggests Players Kneeling In Prayer Were Protesters

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The image used by Fox News of Eagles players kneeling to pray juxtaposed a story of President Donald Trump disinviting players to the White House.

Philadelphia Eagles players huddle up before an offensive play.

Fox News had to issue a retraction over an image it shared depicting Philadelphia Eagles players kneeling.

The news network used the image to imply some players were kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. In fact, the players in the image were kneeling in prayer, not during the anthem or even during gameplay.

Fox issued a retraction for the misleading photo.

“During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer,” the network wrote.

Fox News originally portrayed the players kneeling to coincide with a news story from Monday. President Donald Trump disinvited the Super Bowl-winning team from attending a ceremony honoring their championship season at the White House Tuesday, citing their supposed desire to kneel during the anthem in protest of racial disparities across the nation.

Trump announced his decision disinviting the team earlier this week, writing that Eagles players “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”

That, however, is a lie: While many players weren’t planning on attending the ceremony, “no one refused to go simply because Trump 'insists' folks stand for the anthem,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said.

Indeed, in the entirety of the 2017-18 NFL regular season, none of the Eagles players ever kneeled during the national anthem.

Fox News, which is trying its hardest to be the de facto state media for the Trump administration, shared an image of Eagles players kneeling and suggested that the president’s lies were justified.

If ever there was an example of so-called “fake news” in the mainstream media, this could be it — but somehow, it seems doubtful that Trump will actually acknowledge Fox’s mistake, especially since it helps further his divisive message.

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