MSNBC host of The Ed Show, Ed Schultz, tackled the controversy surrounding the Fox News Channel program Fox & Friends airing what appeared to be an anti-Obama advertisement produced by the network. “If there was ever any doubt Fox News is an arm of the Republican party, it ended today when Fox & Friends presented a retrospective of President Obama’s first term,” said Schultz.
Schultz quoted Media Matters who reported that the ad, if it were political advertising, would have cost the Romney campaign or a friendly PAC nearly $100,000. He also said that the segment “contained inaccuracies.”
Schultz read portions of a statement from Fox News Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine, who said that the package “was not authorized at the senior executive level” and the issue “has been addressed with the show’s producers.”
Schultz also read a portion of an editorial by Hot Air’s conservative columnist Ed Morrissey who wrote that this segment could serve as “evidence that the overall Fox News organization intends to campaign against Obama rather than cover the campaign.”
Morrissey went on to write that if MSNBC or CNN had done something similar against Romney or made a pro-Obama package, the right would be incensed.
“Fox News’ Roger Ailes is a career political strategist,” said Schultz. “Career political strategist. He’s done it a long, long time.”
Watch the segment below via MSNBC:
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