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Spineless Fox News Execs Actually Ashamed of Hilarious Propaganda Video

by Jim Newell

All the torture porn you can eatWhat the hell is wrong with Fox News execs? So the dimbulbs on illiterate dementia variety hour Fox & Friends broadcast a four-minute straight-up vicious propaganda campaign ad against Barack Obama yesterday. What’s the problem? This is just how the network rolls. But now we have senior Fox News execs saying they didn’t authorize it. This is no way to support Team Red, senior execs. As a blogger once said, NEVER APOLOGIZE, NEVER EXPLAIN.

Yeah, we know we’re doing exactly what Fox News hacks want by spreading this video after they’ve already deleted it, but who cares? It’s funny.

We like the carousel with the pig! What do you like? Oh. Well, Bill Shine simply did not care for any of it:

Bill Shine, the executive vice president for programming at Fox News, issued a statement about the video on Wednesday afternoon.

“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,” Shine said. “This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

Fox News later confirmed that the video had been removed from both its main website and the network’s aggregation site, foxnation.com.

And now it is an honorable network, forever.

[HuffPo]

 
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nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Saudi owned Fox Noise ashamed! I call bullshit.

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Al FOXzero

Barb May 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Will they be airing a Romney video to be "fair and balanced?'

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

It'll show how many jobs Mitt created…. in China.

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

They'll be investigating the pressing question "Is Mitt Romney a Unicorn?"

HINT: No.

Ruhe May 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Yes. But it will only be airing on FOX Amercia, which sounds a bit Mexican to me.

FidoMcCokefiend May 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

He's not black. So, no.

JustPixelz May 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

HA HA HA HA HA. Oh Barb, you are so funny. HA HA HA HA. (thud … thud … laughing head and my ass off)

Gratuitous World May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

there are no obvious misspellings, so I'm guessing the RNC didn't approve it either.

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

What about Joe Ricketts?

noodlesalad May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

And clearly this rogue associate producer has never been tasked with creating propaganda packages for the network. S/he just makes them up when most other employees would be spamming comments on cnn.com or photoshopping themselves as the fourth Mrs. Gingrich.

MrFizzy May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Yes, I'm sure there are many things on national networks that are produced by associate editors and placed on the air without anyone else looking at them first. Utterly plausible, like for example Iraqi nukular weapons or incidental foot contact in a men's bathroom stall.

Serolf_Divad May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Help Wanted:

Fox News is looking for an enterprising right-wing ideologue to create over-the-top, dishonest, anti-Obama propaganda video for national broadcast. This is a six-week contract, at the end of which your video will be aired and you will be promptly and summarily fired after top managment assures critics that your video was not "approved by top level managment." Good resume builder.

MrFizzy May 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Whore libel!

MittsHairHelmet May 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

It's always those damned associate producers giving Roger Ailes and Fox News a bad name.

Nostrildamus May 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Probably Obama plants.

grace_nearing May 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

and if not associate producers, it's some rogue temp workers

sewollef May 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Not sure a former political hack for the Reagan presidential campaign needs much help with the bad name thingie.

He's a shit example of a human being too.

OkieDokieDog May 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I hope they all got a spanking. Wait, they'd probably like that. I hope they all had to wear Hitler mustaches all day. Wait, they'd probably like that too. Damn. They probably all got a raise. Yep, I bet it was that.

Jus_Wonderin May 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Intense music is intense.

niblick77 May 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

So, does this mean the Fox News Execs approve of the other crap on this station?

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Wow! James O'Keefe needs to investigate how easy it is to get a video on FOX! It's like they're practically begging any crackpot with a camcorder

Naked_Bunny May 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Don't they already show his videos?

Naked_Bunny May 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Oh…right.

Hera Sent Me May 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Isn't it News Corporation's standard operating procedure to break any law and flout any pretense of adhering to responsible journalistic standards, and if caught or criticized, to blame it on the "unauthorized" actions of disposable minions?

Pithaughn May 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Well, that is standard for most major multi nationals so no surprise really. For example see "The smartest guys in the room".

Naked_Bunny May 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I think they prefer to blame anonymous, fictional minions. Less paperwork that way.

Chichikovovich May 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

It is rather shocking that a 24 hour anti-Obama propaganda channel would have aired a 4 minute anti-Obama propaganda video.

Serolf_Divad May 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Probably had 4 minutes of dead air to fill between Barack Obama: Promises Made, Promises Broken and Constitutional Crisis: The Obama Administration's War Against The Founding Fathers.

Wile E. Quixote May 31, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Well, I, uh, don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole network because of a single slip-up, sir.

johnnyzhivago May 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

A video about Obama that doesn't mention his role as the 20th hijacker? Liberal media bias indeed….

boobookitteh May 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

It wasn't a mistake and they're not ashamed.

Crank_Tango May 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Typical lamestream liberal media caving to the islamofascist homocrat agenda.

freakishlywrong May 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Racist, ignorant and fascist is no way to go through life, Fux.

Lascauxcaveman May 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Worked out pretty well for them so far.

EatsBabyDingos May 31, 2012 at 12:34 pm

It was the boys from Manassas and Dumfries that did it. Then they merged their towns, and called it "Dumassas."

weejee May 31, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Well what would one expect tuning in on Faux News except to see the bull run, and run, and run…

Callyson May 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

And this differs from usual FOX programming how? It's too polite perhaps? Needs moar O'Really screaming and interrupting the token liberals who are foolish enough to go on his show?

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

OT: Limie Lizzie is alive and well and enjoying the sunshine and the macrame the asylum staff camp counselors suggested.

Fare la Volpe May 31, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Wait, this was a concern? What happened to her? Is she okay? What did I miss?

Limeylizzie May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I am fine, just can't deal with the Goat Legs and Pig Snouts , am in Los Angeles sitting on the deck looking out at a sea of boringness.

Fare la Volpe May 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Venice Beach?

Limeylizzie May 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Not actual sea, I am in Franklin Hills between Silverlake and Los Feliz, very pretty, very boring.

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Sausage libel!

Oblios_Cap May 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Is she sharing any of her medication? That's what is important here.

nounverb911 May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

FEMA Camp?

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Oh nos! Is she getting re-edumacated?

Limeylizzie May 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Nah! Just getting a tan.

Blueb4sunrise May 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigSkullF*ckingDog May 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

TOGTFO!!!!

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ May 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Fox News is off my radar now. When discussing things with those who watch it, if they admit it, I stop talking to them without explanation. My time is too precious.

Manhattan123 May 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Now when are they going to apologize for the other 23 hours and 56 minutes of programming?

valthemus May 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

If Fox were an actual news organization I'm sure I'd be outraged.

Oblios_Cap May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

It's less legit than Colbert or the Daily Show.

MaxUdargo May 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Why can't we just say, "Look, it's a tabloid. It's the National Enquirer of television news shows," and be done with it?. Why do we keep pointing out their lack of journalistic objectivity as if we expect a cheesy tabloid TV show to display journalistic objectivity?

Baconzgood May 31, 2012 at 12:37 pm

“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.”

Hmmm. Let Baconz put this through Google translate. Let's see PR Speak to English. *mouse clicky noise*

"Yeah we didn't know specifically about it but if we did see it before it aired we would have, in keeping with our network culture, authorized it. We are so delusional about our hate for a black POTUS that we forget we try to present ourselves as 'news', and not the joke that reputable news organizations think we are. The only reason we're putting this press release out shifting the blame is because people outside our echo chamber got their panties in a bunch."

Oblios_Cap May 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Throwing a small fry under the bus.

Works well in all corporations, including the military.

SorosBot May 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

If Fox is apologizing for showing stupid unfunny shit, will they now finally apologize for The Family Guy?

Baconzgood May 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I'm still expecting some flowers or a gift card from them for Married with Children.

SorosBot May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Hey, Married With Children was awesome and hilarious.

actor212 May 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The mind wobbles!

MissTaken May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Two words: American Fucking Idol

SorosBot May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

And that one is even worse in impact, now that there, what, two dozen other identical karaoke contest shows cluttering our airwaves.

sewollef May 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

No, two words is Simon fucking Cowell.

BornInATrailer May 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love that show.

*basks in the hate*

Sharkey May 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm

CHICKEN FIGHT!

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 2:45 am

Oh no you di'int!

Fucking brilliant television program libel!

Jadetiger79 June 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

My God I hate that show. It bothers me that people I respect find it even remotely funny.

MissTaken May 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

“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,” Shine said. “This has been addressed with the show’s producers."

So Fox News is a poorly run business with senior management having no control over its product? Yeah, that sounds much better than just admitting they are completely unfair and unbalanced.

SorosBot May 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I'm sure this was totally unauthorized, just like the phone hacking was done by a few hundred loose cannons.

JustPixelz May 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Yeah, but if Romney ran Fox it never would have happened. Because Fox would have been closed down long ago. Hey … that gives me an idea: Romney For POFN/2012.

Guppy May 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

"We're in that magical realm between 'complicit' and 'criminally negligent'" is the story they've been telling prosecutors around the world for at least a year now.

Pseudonymously_Joe May 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

It is, of course, obviously so much bullshit. Not only because they used that exact same excuse over the phone hacking scandal, but also because, remember how Gawker had a "Fox News Mole", for all of one day? And, remember how they managed to track the guy down in a matter of hours, based on the video clips he had accessed to give to Gawker?

Something tells me that if this "associate producer" actually had been spending "weeks" picking out those news reels and stock footage without authorization, someone somewhere would have noticed right quick. Particularly since that means he would have been doing said unauthorized lookups at exactly the same time as the "Fox News Mole" kerflufle.

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ May 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm

What do you want their tagline to be? "We Eat Beach Towels."

Nostrildamus May 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Any word on the other 23 hours, 56 minutes that day?

Guppy May 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

They're only noxious for the duration of a sidereal day.

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ May 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I will upfist you for weeks on the astronomy-nerd commentary.

Callyson May 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Conservative commentators also expressed discomfort with the video. Hot Air's Ed Morrisey said that it didn't seem like something a news organization should be producing:
"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."

Translation: oh shit, this is too obvious…

calliecallie May 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

The price of bread went up 4% in 4 years. Dear God, we are doomed!

Oblios_Cap May 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

unlike my salary.

sewollef May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Nine percent more than mine…. </sigh>

Serolf_Divad May 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

More like: the price of commodities has risen between the trough of our worst recession in 50 years and now! OMFG, STOP THE PRESSES!

bagofmice May 31, 2012 at 2:36 pm

ENGLISH MUFFIN LIBEL!

chascates May 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I thought Roger Ailes said Hannity was the only conservative he employed. Must have been an intern.

subsum May 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

We're Fox News: we may be a bunch of dimwits but our female anchors are good lookin' bitches (or so we're told).

OneYieldRegular May 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This is certainly an improvement. I mean, so far as I know at this point, they didn't hack into a dead child's cell phone to produce this video.

Generation[redacted] May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Nor did they pay the police as per their standard research procedures.

Blueb4sunrise May 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

NEWT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goonemeritus May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

So Fox is admitting to central control of their News staff. Editorial freedom is a corner stone of journalism. What’s worse an unprofessional presenter (in Fox’s case that’s almost all of them) or coordinated propaganda. They need to change their motto to we misinform you decide.

Guppy May 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Remember: Fox News broadcasts both "news" and "entertainment," and we're all supposedly able to divine the difference.

Oblios_Cap May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

So the dimbulbs on illiterate dementia variety hour Fox & Friends broadcast a four-minute straight-up vicious propaganda campaign ad against Barack Obama yesterday.

They must have gotten a call from the Election Commission about running a campaign ad for Rmoney.

Generation[redacted] May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Yeah, don't they know all that shit's gotta go through Karl Rove first?

randcoolcatdaddy May 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Needs moar Kenyan Muslins.

Jeri 2.0 May 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Ahhhh, so this is the strategy. It's like in 3rd grade when some passive/aggressive fuckwit would insult the hell out of someone, and then when the shit hit the fan they'd act surprised that anyone took offense and say they were only joking. We'll be seeing a whole boatload of Etch-A-Sketch shaking going on not only from Captain Amercia but FOX-Pretending-to-be-News and every other rightwing mouthpiece between now and November. I'll make a map of surveyor's marks to keep track.

PuckStopsHere May 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Actually, I give them lot of credit. They made it through an entire four minutes without mention Jimmy Carter once.

glamourdammerung May 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

President Carter was about to have the IRS look into the Mormon's tax exemption due to their…interesting views on race. Luckily, they conveniently had a "revelation" that blacks were people too. Apparently, Bishop Romney and friends are still upset about that.

Limeylizzie May 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I love the eagle with his head cocked as if to say 'I'm an American and there's a Nigger in the White House-for shame?"

prommie May 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I prefer the "eagle-shedding-a-tear" trope.

MissTaken May 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I'm starting to turn an interesting shade of blue while I hold my breath waiting for the Fox News 4 minute anti-Romney video. Someone should maybe call me an ambulance.

Not_So_Much May 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Yes, always burn an underling. It's the honorable thing to do.

Every time I see a picture of Ailes I assume he's about to pop. What's taking so long?!1!!

MissTaken May 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

It's the time-honored tradition of "the buck stops way the hell below me, now suck my dick" that permeates the American corporate world.

Ruhe May 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm

He's wrapped in a finely woven kevlar undergarment that protects him from bursting. And there's a discretely positioned pressure-release valve. I'm pretty sure that Medicare covered the whole thing.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

So, this means that FOX News is controlled by Socialist?

SayItWithWookies May 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I can see the decision-making process at Fox Criminal Enterprises now: some executive saw this stupid ad and said, "We better take this off our website or we could get in serious trouble with the FEC." Then, after the fits of laughter subsided, he was like, "No, really — it could threaten our credibility."

Okay — I have no idea why the took this down.

mavenmaven May 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Glenn Beck will say it is down because George Soros said to take it down.

Beowoof May 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Really they should change their name to what they are; GOP TV.

Terry May 31, 2012 at 1:22 pm

“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,” Shine said. “This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

Did you give them big fat bonuses, perhaps?

prommie May 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm

This is not my beautiful house. This is not my Wonkette. This is not my large automobile. My God, what have I done?

Dashboard Buddha May 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Bill's boss, Robert PlausibleDeniability, made him issue that statement.

Guppy May 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Bill Clinton promised me broadcast porn in exchange for his V-chip! Where's my broadcast porn!?

DerrickWildcat May 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

"But now we have senior Fox News execs saying they didn’t authorize it."
Don't they kind of have a history of lying?

StealthMuslin May 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm

That took a "couple of weeks in a small editing room?"
How much hate-fapping can one man do?

TootsStansbury May 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

It wouldn't surprise me to find out fox engages in the old subliminal message brainwashing technique.

ibwilliamsi May 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Take their broadcast license away. It's the right thing to do.

Come here a minute May 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thank God they deleted that video off the Internet — somebody might have gotten the wrong impression about Fox.

Pop_Socket May 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I'm just shocked that it has taken them this long to find the boundary of shilling that is too shameless.

elburritodeluxe May 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm

"Has we authorized such a video we would have insisted that it include the fact that he is not an American citizen and that Bill Ayers writes all his books."

AlaskaGrrl May 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

"An associate producer shot your dog. This shooting of this dog on ‘Fox & Friends’ was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network,” Shine said. “This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

But the dog is still dead.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 2:48 am

Nice!

poorgradstudent May 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Poor FOX News. First you've got Shep Smith showing signs of independent thought and self-awareness. Then you've got "FOX And Friends" reaching such levels of right-wing depravity even the network that tries to present Michelle Malkin as a sane person has to desperately try to cut the mic.

Generation[redacted] May 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Fox and Friends. Are you sure that wasn't a Disney movie?

Wile E. Quixote May 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Oh, a rogue associate producer, this sort of thing has happened before, in fact it was a rogue associate producer who got Leni Riefenstahl in all that trouble. Triumph of the Will was originally filmed as a bromantic comedy called Bube, wo ist mein Panzer? about a couple of happy go lucky members of the SS who misplace their armored vehicle after going to Oktoberfest in Munich, but then some bastard of a rogue associate producer spliced in a bunch of stock footage of Nazis, changed the title and sent it off to the distributors without the approval of Riefenstahl or Josef Goebbels.

fitley May 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Everybody seems to be overlooking the high production values of this epic. The piggy bank tumbling down the stairs, that was an homage to one of history's great films "Birth of a Nation".

GlowneyHouse May 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I'm thinking the Odessa stairs of "Battleship Potemkin," but given a choice they would probably choose brave white 'merakin patriots over godless commies.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I think that the great thing anyone can take from this is that even the higher ups at FOX News don't have the time to pay attention to Fox N' Friends.

glamourdammerung May 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

So the Bishop Romney campaign theme of the next couple of days is "are you better off now than four years ago"? Yeah, uhm, stick with that one, Willard.

Negropolis June 1, 2012 at 2:35 am

“The package that aired on ‘Fox & Friends’ was created by an associate producer…

Wow. When I saw this story in passing, I thought they'd simply aired a video by some third party group, but this was actually by a Fox employee. Fuck, man.

Beanball June 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

Everybody here is probably too drunk to remember it, but CBS News once ran a video mashup of LBJ speeches, lip-syncing to Tony Bennett's "If I Ruled the World."

It was funny as hell, and not a damn was given.

PrincessLou June 5, 2012 at 3:49 am

“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, of course, was resolved by promoting the associate producer to the senior executive level.

sewollef May 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Los Feliz was a nice neighbourhood last time I was there. What've you done to it?

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