‘Fox & Friends’ and that ‘unauthorized’ anti-Obama video

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

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33 comments Add your comment

honested

May 30th, 2012
6:12 pm

Wow, I sure am glad the integrity of the Public Airwaves is protected by the Fairness Doctrine……

Oh, it’s not?

So a network can just make up stuff and bald faced lie with no consequences?

That explains why Faux is on the air!

Centris.t

May 30th, 2012
6:40 pm

This is certainly out of bounds.

But CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, and all big city newspapers selectively help Democrats and hurt Republicans without admitting it is wrong or addressing the bias problem.

This blog does the same – most recently attempting to make a big deal that Chip Rogers was once a handicapper.

Mack K

May 30th, 2012
6:42 pm

Looks like it was made by a high school intern. Over and above the political implications, it’s pretty stupid of Fox to put out something so poorly produced and edited. Really amateur…but then we ARE talking about FOX.

Newt Limbaugh

May 30th, 2012
6:49 pm

Nothing screams “mature” like “well the other channels do it too!” When will both sides grow up? Do people even read what they type and post?

Martin Williams

May 30th, 2012
7:26 pm

Jim, this kind of stuff is for the 50% plus MEN who vote Republican and NEVER saw the front doors of Colleges or Universities. You find these men in the so called blue States and they will believe anything you tell them. Take Donald Trump, very very rich but low IQ. I used to listen to Fox News just to get a grip on what the other side was thinking. I gave up when some of the issues was way below my standard. If law makers don’t start compromising for the good of this country, because I know the laws are made lobbyist and passed by them, then America in some serous trouble in less than 20 years. The same thing at State level. It is sad to know that 90% of the GOP law makers have signed a pledge not to raise tax including Mitt Romney the future nominee for the GOP. The same Mitt Romney wants the president to send troops to Syria. Mr. Romney, it cost money to do that and tell that to John McCain too. Oh, Mr. Romney you might as well start getting ready for the 2016 election as 2012 is in the bag so to speak and I hope you select Jeb Bush as running mate. Smart Americans do not want another Bush in the vicinity of the White House.

Auntie Christ

May 30th, 2012
7:37 pm

As dead as he is, joseph goebbels must surely be as green as an emerald with envy over roger ailles and his propaganda machine called pox news. I shudder to think how high we would be goose stepping if ailles and rupert murdoch had been born 50 years earlier. This just further support for what is already known, pox viewers are ignorant and will remain so due to agitprop like this.

pb

May 30th, 2012
7:58 pm

No surprise to me. Fox is anti Obama and Cnn is pro Obama. they will both claim it’s not true but pretty obvious to me.

zeke

May 30th, 2012
8:00 pm

faux and fiends

ramguy68

May 30th, 2012
8:47 pm

Faux News…….We deceive and you believe!

LeRoy

May 30th, 2012
8:58 pm

Lefties like Galloway get all atwitter when Fox and friends runs a blatant anti Obama segment but cheer when it’s Ed Scultz or CNN bashing a republican. Even Dan Rather from CBS got a big snore when he was caught in a giant lie trying to throw an election. The left’s hypocrisy is just overwhelming.
As for democrats being someone “more intelligent” that is simply laughable.

Markmc

May 30th, 2012
9:18 pm

Doing a story using Obama’s own words juxtaposed with facts about the economy is called an “Attack Ad.” This used to be called journalism. The guilty dog always barks. The people who do real attack ads every day and take their talking points direct from the White House are the ones who complain the loudest about bias. Next thing you know Bill Clinton will be calling John Edwards out for being a blatant adulterer.

td

May 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

honested

May 30th, 2012
6:12 pm

“So a network can just make up stuff and bald faced lie with no consequences?”

The problem with that statement is every single fact in the video is 100% correct. You libs think it is ok when others stations lie about Republicans but get in a lather when the truth comes out about the messiah and chief.

td

May 30th, 2012
9:35 pm

Auntie Christ

May 30th, 2012
7:37 pm

Tell us all what part of the video is factually incorrect? Debt? Jobs? Food stamps?

td

May 30th, 2012
9:37 pm

Martin Williams

May 30th, 2012
7:26 pm

And how do you want to test your theory? What measurements can we take to see if the average Republican or Democrat has a higher IQ? SAT scores? IQ test? Tell us how you want this measurement done.

td

May 30th, 2012
9:39 pm

ramguy68

May 30th, 2012
8:47 pm

Tell us all what in the piece is factually incorrect? Nothing?

Toes The Line

May 30th, 2012
10:10 pm

Line ‘em up and shoot ‘em.

Can’t tolerate liars.

Auntie Christ

May 30th, 2012
10:40 pm

s td asks: Tell us all what part of the video is factually incorrect? Debt? Jobs? Food stamps? You just answered for me, by listing the consequences of bush’s misguided, economically destructive policies: debt, high unemployment and skyrocketing numbers of folks on food stamps, and the dim-witted, short-sighted obdurate t bagging republicans obstinately clinging to failed policies to the detriment of the nation. Anyone other than an uninformed pox news viewer knows this. If pox was a news organization, they would have made this clear, thus they lie by omission.

honested

May 30th, 2012
11:06 pm

td,

The ‘then’ debt projection was far too low (the Afghan Fiasco and Iraqi War of Choice were still off the books) and the ‘themporary’ shrub tax cuts should have been allowed to expire two years ago. I do wish the President had been more forceful in staring down the children in the House but I’m sure he felt that compromising with those terrorists was in the best interest of the United States.

More later.

honested

May 30th, 2012
11:07 pm

Does td get paid to obfuscate for failed republican policies?

I bet the Georgia General Assembly must be a well paying client.

Dan S

May 30th, 2012
11:52 pm

Fox isn’t allowed to be biased? What about the other networks’ ” news” broadcasts? They’re painted liberal all the way. I for one applaud Fox for sticking to the facts.

blackconn

May 30th, 2012
11:56 pm

Oh! Now don’t let one little conservative viewpoint on a fair and balance network. Get you down prove and libs, we get the all the time from major nets, Mayer and all of the so call comics that I refuse to mentioned….man up this is truth and its good!

GET REAL

May 30th, 2012
11:57 pm

There goes td, once again defending the indefensible. Who’s kidding who? Fox & Friends is the most inane program on television. It pretends to be a news show. It’s sort of like Sean Vanity pretending to be a journalist. He ain’t one !! If he lived 200 more years, he wouldn’t qualify as a journalist. Sean boy is an entertainer. So too with those bone-brains on Fox & Friends.

td

May 31st, 2012
12:12 am

Not one of you libs showed an incorrect factual statement. All you did is go into more left wing diatribe on the subject. I will take that as you do not like the video but you can not prove it wrong.

honested, Is it not true that Obama could have pulled all the troops out on day one? If this is true then all debt accumulated during his term belongs to Obama.

Auntie Christ, What Bush policies are you talking about? Is it not true that Obama could have repealed any policy he wanted too the day he took office because of the super majorities in Congress?

zeke

May 31st, 2012
7:14 am

td you really can’t be that slow even for ksu grad…..repeal the economy that bush set into motion….give me a break

Edward Ruffin

May 31st, 2012
7:26 am

All you lefty, socialist, marxist morons out there…………….yes, you……………………….please tell us where the facts are incorrect in this clip. That’s what I thought, since the clip is correct you are silent. FOX should run it everyday from now until December. You can’t handle the truth.

honested

May 31st, 2012
8:07 am

td,

The incorrect factual statements abound but they cannot be identified to those who will not accept the truth.
While the President was clearly too optimistic that the Congress would be willing to work WITH him to correct the disasters he inherited, it was not to be. Never in my life has Congress displayed such dogged attachment to failed economic and military policies as with those from the shrub years.
One would have assumed that 8 years of a constant, downward spiral would have been sufficient to alert ALL Congresspeople that inadequate revenue and unfunded offshore military adventurism were incompatible.

But at the same time I bet you and your buddies are still looking for those imaginary ‘WMD’s’.

honested

May 31st, 2012
8:08 am

edward ruffin,

Let faux run it every minute.
It won’t have any effect on intelligent people or those in any way wavering on how to vote, because they won’t be watching faux anyway.

WOW

May 31st, 2012
8:54 am

I could care less about them airing the video, I just wish they would be HONEST and represent themselves as a conservative news channel and drop the fair and balanced BS. I think people would respect them a lot more if they did.

td

May 31st, 2012
9:02 am

honested

May 31st, 2012
8:07 am

So you can not deny the factual accuracy of the video so you blame Bush, that argument has worked so well. Well if you are going to blame the former President for Obama’s failures then you have to give the former President credit for his successes. If it were not for the Bush policies to re organize our intelligence community then Obama would have never been able to kill Osama.

td

May 31st, 2012
9:04 am

WOW

May 31st, 2012
8:54 am

Are you going to be HONEST and say that MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NYT, WP are all in the pocket for Obama?

T.J.

May 31st, 2012
10:25 am

Just about everything in that video has already been debunked months ago. Here is just one of a dozen examples.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-01-18/fact-check-gingrich-obama-food-stamps/52645882/1

honested

May 31st, 2012
2:23 pm

td,

You just can’t accept facts that don’t squeeze through your tiny, little lens.

In any case, I will credit President Obama for reining in the excessive cost of all things military by the end of his SECOND term.

ld

May 31st, 2012
3:29 pm

Does this finally put to rest the “fair and balanced” propaganda?