Fox and Friends Create Anti-Obama Hit Piece (Video)

The “Fair and Balanced” slogan of Fox News long ago became a punchline; it’s generally agreed by everyone that Fox is overwhelmingly hostile to Democrats and overly solicitous to Republicans. But even by the quasi-journalistic standards of Fox, this morning’s four-minute hit piece on Obama was remarkable.

The ad — er, news piece, which Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy said was “weeks” in the making, runs four minutes, and is full of the ominous music, slick editing, and negative news reports that are the hallmark of today’s negative hit pieces.

“Let’s talk a little bit about what the campaign slogan used to be for President Obama when he was a candidate, remember it was ‘hope and change,’” said Fox and Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson, introducing the piece. “So we decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to ‘hope and change.’”

The piece features stock footage of panhandlers, food stamps, and people waiting in line for jobs, and hits Obama on everything from higher gas prices to the national debt.

It goes without saying that not all these attacks are based in reality (for one example, gas prices are down in recent months and hit their all-time high just prior to the 2008 economic collapse). But that’s not even the point. The point is that even if every point made by Fox was true, its presentation was designed more for a Two Minutes’ Hate (okay, Four Minutes’ Hate) than for the edification of the viewer.

Even reliably conservative outlets questioned the video. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey asked rhetorically if others were “uncomfortable” with the video, and added, “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.”

Even Fox itself tried to distance itself from the item, pulling it from its website. Fox would have good reason to be concerned; as Media Matters reported, the advertorial would appear to violate Fox’s own ethics policy. (Yes, Fox News has an ethics policy. Really.) Fox Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine issued a statement to TV Newser, stating that the video “was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network.” He added that the matter had been “addressed with the show’s producers.”

Of course, the show’s producers had spent weeks working on the ad — er, piece — and obviously didn’t think that it would draw the slightest concern from anyone at the network.

Watch the Video Here:

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Mick R.
Mick R5 years ago

David F - If anyone is anti-American it is you. While part of your story is correct, you conveniently label as slander the part where he spends a good part of his service working for his fathers election compaign (just because you don't like it does not mean it was not true). Then, as president, he puts American troops in harms way, not for national security, but for political gain and revenge. On the other hand, Mr. Kerry, who also served and was actually wounded in combat in Vietnam, was vilified as anti-American. Why, because he had the moral character to come back and speak the truth after his service. Those who spout about being 'true Americans' apparently have the misguided opinion that those of us with differing opinions don't count in this country. You are very, very wrong! Based on this post and the last of yours, which I also commented about, you still have a lot to learn about 'true Americans' or, as you called them, "those that (sic) don't hate the USA". There are millions of people out there who disagree with your opinions and I'm pretty sure we don't all hate America.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Fox lies every day and night. As the "fair and balanced" "news" station, isn't it against the law for them to be making a republican political ad?

David Fletch
David Fletch5 years ago

continued: I’ll bet there are a lot of vets that disagree. Thousands of reservist went into combat and were killed or injured. You need to tell your daughter that President Bush was there to deter the Russians from attacking the USA from Canada, President Johnsons biggest worry. For those that don’t hate the USA, you owe the president Bush a big thank you for his service.

David Fletch
David Fletch5 years ago

Kenneth M.; thank you for re-enforcing my point for me. After decades of repeating propaganda from the state controlled media, the masses such as yourself begin to adopt their agenda. By stirring up the hate for capitalism, religion, Class. military, the Constitution and the USA as a whole they make money.
Anyone that goes thru the military training, graduated US Air Force Fighter Weapons School to fly a supersonic F-102 Delta Dagger, had to take some very serious risk to his life and limb and is a military hero. One of the most dangerous airplanes of the time, with over 25% loss ratio in accidents, not counting combat. The risk level flying this airplane in instrument conditions, at night, dynamite under the seat in case the engine flames out, rolls over at slower speeds probably approaches the risk of a point man in a jungle patrol. President Bush risked his life to protect you and your family, NO ONE CAN DENY THAT) Yet yourself and traitors like Dan Blather will accuse (Knowingly slander) the president during a time of war of being a deserter and make buzz words like Champaign squadron, Mammas skirt, ect. Your statement that any veteran that did not encounter combat is a typical chicken-shit war-chicken is indicative of state brainwashing. I’ll bet there are a lot of vets that disagree. Thousands of reservist went into combat and were killed or injured. You need to tell your daughter that President Bush was there to deter the Russians from attacking

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

You're right Lynda M, Goebbels would be proud. Control the media,control the mind. Just believe the crap and don't really investigate because it hurts the wee brains. They pander to those who are too lazy to investigate on their own & swallow everything whole. We know where Goebbels directed his nation and the end result. It's all about control on both sides of the political fence, not at all about progress. Control = power = wealth. Right now the whole world is in a depression - not a recession - and it won't change until the Shylocks of the world are brought to the guillotine.
Carole L's dialogue is at least based on fact. Nothing on Fox is. They outright lie about so much it's absurd, even about foreign countries like mine (I have often caught them in such lies) since so few will debate it or know the difference.It's a subscription channel here in Canada & guess what, very few subscribe except for the comedy value. I won't because it just pisses me off with the phony exasperation & disgust they perpetually present. Save the drama for your mamma Fox.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

Once again Faux shows they have no news integrity. When is the justice department going to investigate the Murdocks? The FCC should be on this like bees on a flower.

David Fletch
David Fletch5 years ago

On memorial day, Care2 posters were disparaging Bush’s military service and drinking, while at the same time praising Obama and Clinton.
I mentioned that Clinton received two induction notices; instead he went to protest in Moscow in 1969 while the soldier that had to replace him was fighting in the swamps.

Obama says he “attended classed sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically, a little blow when I could afford it” also “raced down the Highway while clouded with wine”. (his own recorded words).
A lot of the more active and supposedly informed liberal posters called me a liar and much more. What that was proving, was that probably intelligent people were so wrapped up in the long term propaganda feed by the state controlled media that they had no clue (to the other side of the story). The state media has been very successful at molding about half the population to their socialist liberal agenda.

Bertha Smith
Bertha Smith5 years ago

Thanks, all. I will stick with the large "majority" who watches Fox News!

Arild Warud

I never watch Fox news.

Sandra W.
Sandra W5 years ago

Thanks Bertha. I tried to send you a star, but couldn't as I have already done so this week. Aren't these people a hoot? FOX is not news, but MSNBC is. Are you kidding me or what? . I guess they didn't see the bashing that Axlerod got either. Of course, they don't want to know and the mainstream media doesn't show it. They talk about stupid. Well, stupid is as stupid does and in the 2 budgets that Obama came forward with, he got a lousy 1....yes 1 lousy vote even with his own party. What does that tell you? I guess we could compare IQ's, but Obama would not publish his. He won't publish his grades or his transcripts. So much for the transparency that he campaigned on.