Few things are funnier than when Fox News and its “journalists” do something so revolting, so blatantly not “fair and balanced” that the company desperately tries to walk it back, as they say, usually going to great lengths to scrub evidence of whatever revolting thing they did from the internet in the process. But what these bumbling goons always seem to fail to realize is this: the internet does not forget.
With that said, this morning on Fox & Friends the folksy raw vegetables who host the show played a 4-minute video — a “look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change” is how the vacant space in the middle described it — that comes off as something put together by the propaganda minister of a totalitarian regime, complete with menacing music and scary video filters. The whole thing is so ridiculous that it’s nothing short of hysterical — it’s pretty much beyond parody. Of course, the witless Fox & Friends gang naturally lauded the producer who’d spent two weeks essentially making a Republican attack ad presented as an actual work of “journalism,” even dropping his name (Chris White) in case the people who dole out Emmy nominations were watching or something.
But then after the internet — including many conservative bloggers, to their credit — went apesh*t over it, Fox News began scrubbing the segment from it’s website and issuing takedown notices when it popped up on other places. Below is a newish YouTube embed of the segment — watch it while you still can…
But here’s the best part: Fox News’ VP of programming, Bill Shine, issued a statement this afternoon throwing a junior level producer under the bus: “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. Um, okay? So how did it get on the air then? Can anyone who works at Fox News get 4-minute videos they made on the air there?
Meanwhile, I can’t wait to see what the Daily Show does with this. Never change, Fox News. Never change.