Fox News falls for Monty Python joke in report criticising Seattle protesters

“An anarcho-syndicalist commune at the least, we should take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week.” What Fox News failed to realise was that this post was a joke that played off a popular scene from the 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail. But Dennis, one of the peasants, informs the dumbfounded king that he and his cohorts have established their own form of government – which results in a debate about who actually is in charge. The Reddit user even went as far as to later include the quote where Dennis says the king can’t “simply expect to wield supreme executive power just because someone threw a sword at him”. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has vowed to protect the settlement's First Amendment rights of speech, but the occupation has sparked conversations on if the area should be dispersed. Fox News’ coverage, including the moment wrongly quoting a Monty Python joke as reality, has largely criticised the settlement. Coverage on Fox News' site then labelled Seattle as “CRAZY TOWN” in a headline while displaying a banner image of a city block on fire. “A home page photo collage which originally accompanied this story included multiple scenes from Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” and of wreckage following recent riots.