Call it the Four Minutes Hate. Big Brother would have been proud. Certainly the Fox News creators of the slick, lie-filled, news-style attack-Obama video that aired
Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends
David Zurawik at the Baltimore Sun nailed it:
Today's version of the morning show featured an anti-Obama video that resembled propaganda films from 1930's Europe more than it did responsible TV politics of today.
The remarkable thing was the the witless crew on the couch that serves as hosts for this show had the audacity to present it as journalism and congratulate the producer who put it together.
Media Matters dissected
it comprehensively, blasting the video it said is worth $100,000 in free advertising for the GOP. The investigative website said the video includes broad misrepresentations regarding the national debt, jobs, food stamps and gasoline prices.
Adam Peck at Think Progress wrote:
At the conclusion of the video, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy thanked one of the show’s producers for editing together the segment “for weeks.” But it only took hours for network brass to perhaps recognize the implications of Fox News producing and airing its own attack ads, because they quickly pulled from the Fox News website with no explanation. Even conservative sites balked at the idea of Fox News producing its own political attack ads.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has long defended his network from charges of bias, explaining–incorrectly–that only the network’s primetime hosts are explicitly partisan. But as this ad clearly demonstrates, the network’s collusion with the Republican party runs much deeper than the 5pm to 10 pm time slots.
Once again, it must be asked, when will the Federal Election Commission demand that Fox News fill out the paperwork declaring its status as a Super PAC?