Fox News Attacks Obama In Anti Obama Video 2012

Fox News Attacks Obama In Anti Obama Video 2012

‘Fox And Friends’ Anti-Obama Video Drew Angry Phone Call From White House

The video, which the hosts of the show advertised as taking a “look back” at President Obama’s four years in office, could easily be mistaken for a Republican attack ad. It was aired multiple times throughout the show. “We decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change,” host Gretchen Carlson asked at one point, introducing the video.

In the video which is labeled as a “Fox and Friends Presents” production viewers see images of Obama talking about jobs contrasted with footage of homeless people. There is dark, foreboding music, and statistics about the unemployment rate, the rise in the number of food stamps, and the national debt, among other things.

The hosts heaped lavish praise on the producer of the video saying that it had taken a “tremendous amount of research” to put together.

Some media critics were outraged by the video. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik denounced it, calling it reminiscent of “1930s propaganda”: As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this. Don’t be fooled by Bret Baier’s Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel. Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.

The show got in a boatload of trouble at the end of May when it aired the video, which used all of the grainy footage and foreboding music typical of opposition attack ads to hammer Obama’s record on the economy. After much criticism, Fox News took down the video and said it had not been authorized at senior levels

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