Fox News slammed for “Bulls–” headline about Tammy DuckworthTheWrap
Fox News received backlash for a headline that incorrectly suggested Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) had dodged the property tax payment on her Illinois home.
“Wtf is wrong with you guys?!?” Tennis legend Martina Navratilova wrote, noting that the story itself explains that Duckworth took advantage of a tax credit available to all disabled American veterans, regardless of income. “You mean our war hero, Senator Duckworth, should be paying taxes when she doesn’t have to?” “
Duckworth, who served in the United States Army during the Iraq War, is a double amputee who lost both legs and some mobility in her right arm when her helicopter was shot down in 2004 by Iraqi insurgents.
“FOX News, are you now seriously going to attack our veterans in your assault on our democracy?” Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland, Florida, shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, tweeted indignantly.
But the headline of the Fox News article – “Democrat Tammy Duckworth hasn’t paid property tax on her Illinois home since 2015, report says” – falsely suggested she dodged her taxes .
A Fox News representative made no comment.
But the right-wing media report sparked a strong reaction online.
“Which Bulls – Headline, Fox News,” Guttenberg wrote. “In your own report, you determine the reason. As a disabled veteran, she is exempt.
A group called VoteVets added: “@TammyDuckworth proudly served our country, lost his legs and WON this advantage. We would say FOX News is cancer in our national discourse, but that would be an insult to cancer.
More Twitter exchanges can be found below.