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Fox News Video Criticized as Attack on Obama

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Fox News Channel was under fire Wednesday for a four-minute video sharply critical of President Obama that the network produced and aired during its morning news program Fox & Friends.

The video -- titled “Four Years of Hope and Change” -- closely resembles a campaign attack ad, complete with ominous, dramatic music and use of sound bites and statistics to paint a critical picture of Obama’s handling of the economy.  The opening slide, declaring “Fox & Friends Presents,” suggests the company took responsibility for the editorial content.

Co-host Gretchen Carlson introduced the package this way: ”Let’s talk a little bit about what the campaign slogan used to be for President Obama.  Remember it used to be ‘Hope and Change.’  The president says he’s still using that slogan in the way which he hopes to get four more years.  So we decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change.”

At the end of the piece, co-host Steve Doocy applauded producer Chris White for putting it together.

“He’s been in a small editing room the last couple of weeks reliving the last four years,” Doocy said.

While Fox has right-leaning opinion talk programs, the company has maintained that its news operations -- including Fox & Friends -- are nonpartisan and “fair and balanced.”

Voices on the right, left and middle raised concerns about the video all day.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey of Hot Air said he supports the message in the video but asked, “Should a news organization produce and publish attack ads like this?”

“I know the initial response will be that other news organizations offer biased perspectives and hagiographies of Obama that go well beyond a single video … and that response is entirely valid.  However, we usually criticize that kind of behavior with other news organizations, too,” he wrote.  “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.”

David Zurawik, a media critic with The Baltimore Sun, called the video a “shamelessly political” move.

“As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this,” Zurawik wrote.  “Don’t be fooled by Bret Baier’s Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel.  Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.”

Fox News later issued a statement through executive vice president for programming Bill Shine, obtained by TVNewswer, apparently disapproving of the video.

“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.  “This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

The video was first flagged by the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, which has a record of being highly critical of Fox News.

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New Romney Video Attacks Perry's Immigration Policy 

Bill Clark/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Mitt Romney campaign debuted a new campaign video Thursday on Fox News' Hannity that featured sound from the former president of Mexico praising Texas Gov. Rick Perry for welcoming migrants into his state's universities.

In the video, former President Vicente Fox says he is publicly recognizing Perry and the state of Texas for "having taken that step forward when you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas."

The video, a hit on Gov. Perry's position on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, was described by Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan as being inaccurate and misleading.

"Awful close, Sean, to crossing the line, and it's fundamentally wrong," said Sullivan to host Sean Hannity.

When asked to point out the inaccuracies in the ad, Sullivan did not provide an exact example of the errors but classified the entire context of the ad as being wrong.

“The whole context of it. Perry has done more to secure that border than anyone in the country. Four hundred million state dollars, Texas Rangers, boots on the ground, support for local law enforcement. Our law enforcement officers in our state, not the feds, have been shot at across that river. We deal with this issue every day. Fight this issue every day and have a solid plan to secure that border.”

Perry has released ads throughout the week attempting to portray Romney as a flip-flopper. One ad suggested the former Massachusetts governor changed his position on Race to the Top, a program initiated by the Obama administration, in just one day’s span.

Romney senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom responded to the video, which was also broadcast on the show, by saying the video makes him think the Perry campaign has "Edward Scissorhands as their researcher."

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Fox News Suspends Contracts Of Newt Gingrich And Rick Santorum

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Fox News announced on Wednesday that is has suspended the television contracts of two potential presidential candidates -- Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- for 60 days at which point they will have to inform the network whether or not they are running for president.

The suspension will remain in place until May 1 at which point their contracts with Fox News will be terminated.

Anchor Bret Baier announced the suspension on the network Wednesday morning, saying that it was the network's policy.

"This is the announcement that's being made today," Baier said. "This does not preclude other announcements that may be made in the future. But that's what we have today. The 60-day suspension and then by May 1 a determination whether they're going to run and then those contracts will be terminated."

Neither Baier nor Fox announced whether other potential candidates with ties to Fox New Channel, including Sarah Palin, John Bolton, and Mike Huckabee -- the latter of whom hosts his own weekly show on the network -- would also face similar suspensions.

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