The most “fair and balanced” arm of the Mitt Romney campaign took fire for a video it produced on Thursday.
More accurately, “Fox and Friends,” a show airing on the “fair and balanced” Fox News channel, aired an exceptionally partisan four-minute video about President Barack Obama that could have doubled as a campaign advertisement for Romney.
The hosts of the show described the video as a “look back” at Obama’s four years in office. It was aired multiple times throughout the show.
Bill Shine, the executive vice president for programming at Fox News, said in a 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.”
Fox News later removed the video from both its main website and from Fox Nation.
There is no evidence of what Fox’s motivation was in creating the video, but it has been noted that Romney’s former employer Bain Capital is one of the primary owners of Clear Channel Communications Inc., a broadcasting company that owns conservative talk radio shows throughout the country. In 2005, Clear Channel picked Fox News Radio, a division of Fox News, to be the primary source of national news for most of its news and talk stations.