Video Editing Error To Blame For Missing Applause In FoxNews.com's Obama West Point Video (UPDATED)
CORRECTION: It was a technical error, and nothing more, that led to the applause being omitted from FoxNews.com video of President Obama's speech to West Point cadets.
The network says that a video editing error was to blame for the missing applause. A video editor took two separate clips that were meant to be used as sound bites that included what's known as "padding" at the end of them. Padding allows producers to fade in and out of segments without sound.
The speech aired as delivered, with applause, on TV air; the edited clip only appeared online.
Original Post: Fox News video of President Obama's speech this weekend at West Point omits cadets' applause after the President discussed ending the Iraq War.
"WestPt cadets applaud Obama, FoxNews alters tape 2 remove applause," Michael Moore tweeted.
In the official video, seen at bottom, cadets applaud after Obama says, "through their competence and creativity and courage, we are poised to end our combat mission in Iraq this summer."
In the Fox News version of the video, seen below, there is no applause but rather an awkward pause.
Media Matters' Jamison Foser acknowledges that Fox News' microphone may not have picked up the audience applause, but suggests that the network still promoted that section of the clip to make it seem as though Obama's comments were not well received by the cadets:
Now, maybe Fox didn't intentionally remove the audience applause. Maybe Fox's video used a direct feed from Obama's microphone, and it simply didn't pick up audience noise. But if Fox didn't intentionally try to make Obama look silly, why did it choose a 2-minute clip -- out of a 32-minute speech -- that portrayed Obama looking silently around the room, seemingly for no reason?
Fox News version of video:
Official video via WhiteHouse.gov (applause at 10:28):