Update: After the publication of this article, FOX reached out to National Political Transcripts Examiner, Devonia Smith, by email with the following statement:
“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.” BILL SHINE, Executive Vice President of Programming
Bright and early, Wednesday morning of May 30, 2012, “FOX & Friends” premiered a powerful anti-Obama video, “Four years of ‘Hope and Change’,” questionably veiled as a documentary. The video was a prelude to following analysis regarding why the president is doubling down on hope and change in his reelection campaign. Co-host, Steve Doocy, introduced the video, saying, “So, what sort of change have we really seen over the past four years from the Obama administration?”
The video, released under the banner of “America’s Election HQ,” was put together by FOX’s Chris White. It features all the hallmarks of a powerful attack ad; however, neither FOX News, Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson nor Brian Kilmeade has officially declared that they are running against President Obama in 2012.
The video shows clips of President Obama on the campaign trail of his election 2012 primary, pointing to his economic policies and touting, “That’s the power of change.” It’s a video with red meat for all political persuasions, featuring an ominous soundtrack, images of street beggars, long unemployment lines, plus graphics of “then and now” economical comparisons. Cameos of Newt Gingrich and Reverend Jesse Jackson are shown as they debate Obama as “the food-stamp president.”
Expect liberals to point to the video with a satisfied nod that FOX News has just confirmed itself as a conservative propaganda machine whose goal is to defeat President Obama. Fiscal conservatives will appreciate that the president’s economic policies are spotlighted, one-after-another, as glaring failures. Each group may view the video as a kick-off which validates predictions that 2012 will be — the dirtiest election ever.
The video is a damning collection of clips, statements, graphics and messages focusing on the economic ups-and-downs during the Obama administration, including:
- Four years of reckless government spending
- Four years of soaring debt
- Four years of jobless rate increases
- Four years of a plunging economy
- Four years of rising gas prices
- Four years of increasing food prices
- Four years of increasing food stamp numbers
- Four years in which many families have lost “Hope”
Labeling media as propagandists is not a new thing; nor does it occur in a vacuum of only one party or idealistic model. In 2009, Politico reported, the Obama administration allowed a huge crew from NBC to film a news documentary, “Inside the Obama White House,” hosted by Brian Williams.
The result was two hours of what was described as a “smart move on the part of the White House” with the finished product depicted as a highly flattering glimpse of “hard-working and determined members of the Obama team.” More than 9.1 million viewers tuned in for the first part of the documentary.
Both ABC and NBC, in March, added a positive push to the “campaign video disguised as a documentary,” narrated by actor Tom Hanks. Kyle Drennen, a news analyst at the Media Research Center, labeled it as “propaganda,” citing:
“In the first clip, actor Tom Hanks narrates: “How do we understand this president and his time in office?” The next clip is of Vice President Joe Biden praising the President’s decision to kill Osama Bin Laden: ‘As he walked out of the room, it dawned on me. He’s all alone. This is his decision. Nobody is standing there with him.'”
The media center also points out that ABC’s Good Morning America featured the town halls of both Hillary Clinton and John Edwards and would not offer a town hall to a GOP contender in 2012. Recently, both GMA and “The View” interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama. During the latter, Barbara Walters wondered aloud, repeatedly, whether “racism will be a part of this campaign.”