Oh, Fox

If there is any doubt left that Fox News is a conservative propaganda outlet, check out this latest bit of magic:

While Fox & Friends has long been a home for some of the most viciousmisleadingpetty, anddishonestattacks on President Obama, they crossed a new ethical line today by producing and airing what is essentially a four-minute anti-Obama attack ad.

The video — opening with the text “Fox & Friends Presents” — played lines from Obama’s past speeches mixed with commentary from unidentified speakers and graphics purporting to show that Obama has broken the promises he’s made since his 2008 campaign. The graphics were accompanied by loud, epic, scary music played over grainy video footage. Watch:

But while the video could be mistaken for a campaign ad on behalf of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, it wasn’t. It was a segment produced by a show on a network that bills itself as “fair and balanced.” The network has continued to push the limits of its outright promotion of conservative politicians and policies, and Fox & Friends has been at the forefront. The show regularly acts as the communications arm of the GOP, attacking Democrats, promoting Republicans, and broadcasting GOP talking points, sometimes word for word. Co-host Gretchen Carlson has repeatedly advised GOP candidates how to promote their ideas in order to defeat their Democrat opponents.

In time, this will cement Fox’s reputation.  This was a campaign ad, pure and simple.  And misleading as well, just like most of their work.  The free support that the GOP gets from Fox isn’t counted along with the flood of money from other sources.

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