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Karl Rove
Lies for a living, which is why Fox hired him.
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Yesterday morning, the Karl Rove-backed Super PAC American Crossroads released an ad attacking President Obama as the "celebrity president." [..]

Fox News, which employs Rove as a political analyst, has been aggressively promoting the ad online and on the air, often without noting Rove's connection to either American Crossroads or Fox News. Rove's "celebrity" ad has been discussed on seven separate Fox News programs. Fox Newsers have called the ad a "bombshell," "fabulous" and "the most effective anti-Obama ad I have seen." Rove himself appeared on Fox's top-rated program, The O'Reilly Factor, to discuss the ad and promote its message.

You might recall this as being roughly the same play as used to mainstream the lobbyist-backed "Tea Party" movement. Fox News acts impressed that (insert otherwise mostly insignificant Republican-backed thing here) is happening; Fox News actively starts promoting the thing using their top celebrities and programs; Fox News gushes at how the thing is really taking off in the media, because golly, look how much we here at Fox are covering it!

Having the insert-Republican-backed-thing-here be a product of one of their own paid employees, though—that's a step above. Karl Rove is paid by Fox to do "analysis"; in his non-Fox job, Rove's Super PAC cuts an explicitly partisan ad; Fox News gives free air time to the spot ad nauseum, gushing over how terribly brilliant the thing supposedly is; Karl Rove is paid to come on Fox News programs and talk about how brilliant his ad is. Journalism!

As far as the Super PAC strategy itself goes, it appears the Republican plan is going to be to argue that Barack Obama is just too darn likable and popular. Real presidents, trustworthy presidents, smell like failure and old shoes; Obama speaks too well, and is liked by too many, and therefore it's all a but suspicious and untrustworthy.

It should be especially noted in Bush adviser Karl Rove's case that Barack Obama's primary if not only duty as president has been to be "The Guy Who Had To Clean Up Karl Rove's Mess." Bin Laden is gone, an accomplishment that Bush's Brain would have likely given up 20 teeth, an arm and a kidney to have gotten during Bush's tenure. The economy still sucks mightily, but has at least recovered from the flaming train wreck that it was when Bush's last remaining staff were packing up their belongings and fleeing the White House with a sense of insufficient shame (Rove, for his part, bailed a year early, presumably to pick up a little pocket change in the upcoming elections).

All of this, however, makes The Smoked Ham of Wisdom the closest thing Fox News has to a genius, and by God if they have to pump up this rather silly, pointless little ad into a work of art, they're going to do it. The only remaining boundary to cross is for Fox News to set up their own Super PAC directly, thus themselves creating the ads that they then proceed to herald as True Republican Brilliance; that, however, would be a step down for them. Even Super PACs have more legal and ethical restrictions than Fox News does; as long as they keep calling themselves a "news" channel, they can largely electioneer without consequence.

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  •  Thanks, I think, for alerting us to this infamy, (15+ / 0-)

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:45:43 PM PDT

  •  I wonder what the ethics professors (11+ / 0-)

    at Columbia School of Journalism would say about this.

    Probably just shrug because they no longer care what Faux Noise does.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:45:58 PM PDT

  •  Fox Ethics (3+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, ljb, RadGal70

    That's an Oxymoron like, Romney!

    Impeach Grover Norquist! Defeat a Republican!

    by NM Ray on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:47:21 PM PDT

  •  Didn't they try this same approach in 2008? (11+ / 0-)

    Perhaps my memory's a little fuzzy, but that tactic didn't work four years ago, right?

    In fact, wasn't that the thrust of one of John McCain's first commercials, that Obama was -- horrors! -- popular?

    This campaign is starting to remind me of 1984, when seemingly all the Democrats could sputter was, "Yeah, but Reagan's stupid! You know he's stupid, right?" It didn't work in 1980. It was even less effective in 1984.

    Yes, Barack Obama is a celebrity, and that's one of the reasons why he'll win the, ahem, popular vote again.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:48:27 PM PDT

  •  Round and round it goes... (4+ / 0-)
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    NM Ray, kitebro, Matt Z, AlyoshaKaramazov

    ...circling the drain.

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen, and philosophers and divines. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by tb mare on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:49:10 PM PDT

  •  Republican Response to Bush Disaster (8+ / 0-)

    We'll give you more of the Same!

    Republicans think that more of the Same will be good!

    Bush Rove was a train wreck and they can't wait to fool the American people into letting them drive again!

    Impeach Grover Norquist! Defeat a Republican!

    by NM Ray on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:50:26 PM PDT

  •  Once again, FOX News proves it produces (6+ / 0-)

    nothing but fare for ignorant, uninformed Republicans:  nobody else waters at their trough.  I wouldn't have tolerated this kind of 'journalistic' behavior in a beginning journalism class! (And the truth is, I don't believe I ever had a freshman student who would have tried it.)

  •  That ad was effective? (6+ / 0-)

    I just watched it and I would have to say that the video looked like a PRO-Obama ad.
    What the deuce?

    Ingredients for GOP Jelly
    1 Down To Earth Shot
    2 heaping handfuls of sexiness
    5 buckets of a real life experience of the American Dream

    Mix Thoroughly and let sit for half an hour. During that time, resist the urge to whip yourself for having a nominee as exciting as genital warts.

    When the operation of the machine becomes so odious that you can't take part,you've got to put your bodies upon the gears;you got to make it stop.Indicate to the people who run it that unless you're free the machine will be prevented from working at all

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:51:51 PM PDT

  •  Trying to frame a positive as a negative... (1+ / 0-)
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    More Questions Than Answers

    I don't think it will work on a sitting President who every voter in the country will have an opinion on already.  Also it should tie the hands of Romney ever doing any late night shows going forward.  

    Fox inviting Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian to the WH Correspondents Dinner is likely to push this Rove meme.  Fox will probably push the story that "While celebrity Pres. Obama was entertaining the likes of Lohan and Kardashian with a comedy routine, Mitt Romney was busy being serious and boring somewhere else"...

    Hell this should be a Obama bit at the WHCD - Give a serious, dry, wonky speech - the whole 20 minutes, like Andy Kaufman reading Gatsby and then sit down.

  •  We ARE better off than 4 years ago. (3+ / 0-)
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    BenderRodriguez, Matt Z, antirove

    The ad is derivative of the '08 McLame ad that Ms. Hilton rightly skewered (and thereby redeemed her existence :-)), obviously misleading (just who caused all those grads to move back home? and when was all that debt added? Karl should know, he has the memos proposing the policies that caused it), and ulitmately banal.

    But, it ends - as most Thug ads do nowadays - with a ripoff of the Gipper that not only shows a complete lack of imagination and truth, but also leaves them wide open for the (inevitable, I would guess) counter-ad.  Yes, things are worse off for them and their masters and cronies.  

    But for the rest of us....?

    4 years ago: 3/4 of million jobs lost a month.  Now: 34 straight months of adding private sector jobs.  Despite Thugs doing everything they could to sabotague the economy b/c they just BO.

    4 years ago: stocks crashed 7000 pts.  Now: back to where they were before the crash.

    4 years ago: Iraq was an open wound we were lied into self-inflicting bleeding money and, well, real blood.  Now: We. Aren't. There. Anymore. Finally.

    And so on...

    So ya, We The People are better off than 4 years ago.

    Now, frak off and go to prison with Delay and Scooter, Turdblossom.

  •  Not to worry. (2+ / 0-)

    The Liberal Media will surely gush over Obama's next ad and feature it for days on end....right?

    Romney 2012 - He Who Criticizes Me, Divides The Country

    by kitebro on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:54:23 PM PDT

  •  Kill your TV, man... (0+ / 0-)

    Anything you need to know is right here...

    Anything you want to watch is on Netflix.

    And the porn on the net is free.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:55:42 PM PDT

  •  Trump called into Mourning Joke and said (3+ / 0-)
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    it was the worst ad he ever saw from the GOP - that he thought it was a pro-Obama spot.  Donny Deusch tried to disagree saying that regular folks want somebody serious as President and framing Obama as a celebrity will diminish him but Trump wasn't buying it saying they're framing Obama as interesting and cool and Romney as bland.  

    •  Trump is under the delusion that people... (0+ / 0-)

      take him seriously.

      And he's a celebrity.


      This says more about Trump's divorce from reality...  I think reality got the sanity in the settlement.

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:58:19 PM PDT

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  •  Yawn. That's just a retread from the last election (0+ / 0-)

    Karl's getting lazy.

    •  Karl's playbook assumes (D) candidates are (0+ / 0-)

      whimpy and won't attempt to answer or counter his people when they blast out 'unfair' and lying attacks and keep repeating them. And trying to turn Obama's being good hearted, affable, smart, thoughtful, personable charismatic personality into serious liabilities might make Republican loyalists feel like he's doing something, but it almost seems he is stuck in last decade's ways of doing things.  

      A lot of money will be flushed to carry out Rove's plans, and Fox will marvel at this amazing show, but the nation has divided so much there isn't one single reliable way to reach people anymore.  No one really trusts the message of the 'other team', and the national media has lost credibility. Those who are convinced supports of a political party don't care to agree on 'the facts' the other party holds as dear and true.  Republicans assume everything Dems say is spin and lies, even if fact based with carefully developed public policy undergirding it.  Dems know the Republican record of reneging on every deal and moving to more and more strident positions, to prevent agreements, to prevent progress, to force government into increasingly desperate states.  If Republicans ever agree with Democrats it's only temporary, to keep them from looking as bad as they fear Dems could paint them if they didn't agree. But they'll be looking for how to portray it as a horrid deal with The Devil which should not be honored at all, even as the president may be signing one barely possible deal into law.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 11:25:08 PM PDT

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  •  msnbc (0+ / 0-)

    Not only fox is promoting this ad, chris jansen of msnbc was showng this ad  to her guess the majority of her show

  •  Fox "News" (1+ / 0-)
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    Even the name of the company is false advertising.

    The only other one I can think of off the top of my head is "Free Credit Report dot com" where nothing is free.


    Dissatisfaction with democratic government is substantially due to economic globalization. We either rein in the corporations or Nation States will continue to diminish in stature and power.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:01:53 PM PDT

  •  Weird how that ad asks you to be naive and cynical (0+ / 0-)

    at the same time. Obama's all smoke and mirrors, but we want you to vote for our guy! The only thing it could do is get some of the more cynical youngsters to stay home. There's nothing they've got to make you pull the lever FOR rMoney

  •  "Bombshell"? That ad is a piece of crap. (0+ / 0-)

    Although given its purpose -- to provide a distraction from their inability to either damage our guy or hype their guy -- it could be deemed somewhat effective... much like throwing a stick is an effective way to get a dog to run once or twice.

    "I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance." - Jon Stewart

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:11:15 PM PDT

  •  I thought they eschewed envy (3+ / 0-)
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    You know, how sad and disappointing that Dems attack the rich, particularly it's standard-bearer Mitt--just envious of their/his success, tsk tsk.

    It eats them alive that Obama is so cool.  Cool and likable is supposed to be their thing:  W was supposed to be so regular and gosh-darned likable.  They creamed themselves over Sarah the Rock Star.  They strut with every B actor and has-been wock or country singer they can share a stage with, especially the manly ones.

    Dems are supposed to be boring, elite, dull, wooden.  Dems get all in your face with facts and policy and reality, and we regular Americans, with God and common sense on our side, we know we can brush the little nerds aside.

    Clinton was a thorn in their side too, but at least they could mock his wife and get all holy about his zipper.

    Eats them alive, a Dem not only brainy and competent, and faithful family man

    but so damn cool.

  •  It's completely pathetic (0+ / 0-)

    First of all, Morning Joke had the same take, that they were taking a strength, trurning it into a weakness- ain't gonna work this time. But what was really pathetic was Joke's criticism of Biden's callout on Romney's foreign policy approach- saying Obama had no experience either 4 years ago. Except, it's not true - Obama after joining the Senate had a focus on anti-proliferation efforts, a key foreig policy issue.  Obama did his homework, and came in knowing a lot. Romney couldn't be bothered with such things.

    "The only thing we have to fear - is fear itself." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by orrg1 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:19:30 PM PDT

  •  They're Just Continuing the Plays That Made Them (0+ / 0-)

    such spectacular gains 2 years ago.

    I expect we'll continue laughing at them as we did in 2010 until maybe the 3rd week of October.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:19:45 PM PDT

  •  I remember McCain trying this in 2008. (0+ / 0-)

    Worked REAL well for him.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:47:08 PM PDT

  •  wow. (0+ / 0-)

    they got nothin'.

    may we not be strangers in the lush province of joy - Charles Wright

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:04:21 PM PDT

  •  It's a mixed message ending with (0+ / 0-)

    Scary-Bad-News-For-College-Students.  So, the Cool President isn't doing anything to make higher education attractive, possibly more affordable and...Cool?

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 05:04:26 PM PDT

  •  I don't understand how this doesn't (0+ / 0-)

    violate FCC rules.

  •  Dang, Hunter you know how to nail them. (0+ / 0-)

    You hit this one right on the head.

  •  The message is clear: (0+ / 0-)

    It's bad for the country if people like the President. Vote for Romney; he'll fix that problem.

  •  Rove cost Bush the election 2000 (0+ / 0-)

    But his dad's Supreme Court got it back for him.

    The genius wanted to create the impression that Bush had in the bag, so he had Cheney campaign in Hawaii and Bush in California on the last days of the election.

    Gore and Lieberman were in Florida.

    Rove is and has been consistently wrong and a generally terrible strategist.  HIs ability to sling mud is his only special talent, but that just lumps him in with a few thousand GOP "strategists".

    God it's so painful that something that's so close, is still so far out of reach. Tom Petty/Al Gore

    by Velvet Revolution on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:01:14 PM PDT

  •  Faux News = Political MLM Model (0+ / 0-)

    Is it just me, or does Fox News start looking more and more like they're developing a multi-level-marketing model for politics?

    Oh, if only political opinion was a commodity! It isn't, though.

    I mean, to my understanding, politics is kind of a part of the main thing of governance - like, democratic governance, on the nation's democratic constitution. At least that one's still around!

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