Here’s that four-minute criticism of the Barack Obama administration aired by “Fox & Friends” this morning. It’s drawn a good deal of attention:
Even some conservatives were made uncomfortable by the clip. This from Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air:
Note that F&F isn’t just playing a campaign ad or a YouTube spot from an outside political action committee. Nor does this come from the production company of one of its opinion-program hosts. The video starts with “Fox and Friends Presents” on the screen, making this an explicit argument from the news channel itself.
Should a news organization produce and publish attack ads like this? I know the initial response will be that other news organizations offer biased perspectives and hagiographies of Obama that go well beyond a single video … and that response is entirely valid. However, we usually criticize that kind of behavior with other news organizations, too. If anyone wanted to look for evidence that the overall Fox News organization intends to campaign against Obama rather than cover the campaign, this video would be difficult to refute as evidence for that claim.
Several websites, including TVnewser, are reporting this statement from Bill Shine, executive vice president for programming at Fox News:
“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.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider