Does a news organization run an attack ad twice for free?

Fox News under fire for campaign ad-style anti-Obama video
[Via Political Hotsheet – CBS News]

Fox News is under fire for a campaign ad-style four-minute video highly critical of President Obama, which ran twice on the cable channel’s morning program “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning. Co-host Gretchen Carlson introduced the video, saying “let’s take a look back” at the president’s term with the graphic “looking back at four years of ‘change'” on the bottom of the television screen.



Of course not. But FOX News did.

Even conservative pundits realize that FOX News is not a news organization. As one of them wrote, FOX will campaign against President Obama rather than report on it.

They provided over $50 million in free advertising for conservatives in 2010. It looks like they will be even more blatantly skewed this time.

Maybe they should walk this all back somehow.

11 thoughts on “Does a news organization run an attack ad twice for free?

  1. I’m not sure what is with America’s fetish for an endless quest for ‘objectivity,’ but in every other location of the world (seriously, every other location) the press is proudly partisan. Sure, like all news organizations they pride themselves on their ability to report the facts but from the Guardian to Der Spiegel news outlets are more than happy to blatantly support one candidate over the other.

    Of course, feel free to demand pure facts from a self-declared opinion show. But please, don’t act surprised when everyone rolls their eyes and shiver a bit at your odd crusade.

  2. Since this comes from CBS, it must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, the are the original slanted corporation. And Media Matters is so liberal, that it is a wonder it doesn’t fall off the edge.

    1. [I’m putting these in different replies because WordPress does not like a lot of links in a reply.The wonderful thing about the internet is that you can use Google to help verify facts rather than just dismiss something because of the messenger. So. if you do not like CBS or Media Matters, how about MSNBC? Too liberal I guess.

    2. Plus, this being the Internet Age, you can watch the video yourself and see why upper management at FOX responded by saying, “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.”

      Even FOX knew they had gone too far and threw the producer under the bus, as though any 4 minute segment on the channel, especially one involving over two weeks of work by FOX employees who were complimented on-air, would be broadcast without any knowledge at the senior level. The Washington Post asks some good questions.

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