Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fox News produces and airs anti-Obama video

During yesterday's "Fox & Friends" on Fox News, the network aired a video that purports to depict the last four years of President Obama's term of office. (Video is below.) Now remember Fox News says it's "fair and balanced." Well the video looks like an attack ad made by a conservative Super PAC. It features dramatic music. And it slants the facts to show life under Obama has been miserable. There's nothing in the video about Obama's successes. Yeah, it doesn't feature Obama promising to get Bin Laden and then his triumph at getting him. Fair and balanced, my ass.

This reminds me of the time when a Fox News producer urged a crowd to get louder for the the cameras. Now they produce and run what can only be termed an attack ad against President Obama. Believe this now. Fox News is a propaganda tool for conservative Republicans.

Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik said this about the video.

"As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this. Don't be fooled by Bret Baier's Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel. Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core."

Fox News' Bill Shine, vice president for programming issued this statement about the video.

The package that aired on 'Fox & Friends' was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network,... This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

The video was removed from Fox News website.

Well, if you watch Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, he approves of the video. I believe Doocy's feelings are Fox News views. It's just that they got caught broadcasting what was Republican propaganda that forced them to pretend that they are a news organization.

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