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Fox rejects ad that links oil usage to military deaths

A spokesperson for the left-leaning group VoteVets.org tells Politico that Fox News has refused to air one of its ads. The spot, titled "Fuel," features retired Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson, a former top aide to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, tying troop deaths overseas to U.S. fossil fuel consumption. VoteVets spokesperson Eric Schmeltzer confirmed that, as of midnight Tuesday, the ad was still not running on FOX and that the group had yet to be given a reason for FOX's refusal.

FOX News' Executive Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs, Dianne Brandi, has since issued a statement to The Washington Post about why the ad was not being aired:

"We ask every advertiser to substantiate their claims. The VoteVets spot claims 'Iran alone makes a 100 million dollars extra everyday' with the fuel transportation structure that's currently in place in combat zones and when we asked to verify those claims, they did not provide adequate evidence doing so."

VoteVets is one of four groups coordinating a collective $11 million ad-buy to go after wavering senators on comprehensive energy reform. Its ad is currently playing on MSNBC and CNN, and a VoteVets press release says it is slated to run in four states -- North Dakota, Arkansas, Virginia and West Virginia.

By Emi Kolawole  |  July 19, 2010; 5:47 PM ET
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The VoteVets Ad is misleading. Solar and windmills technologies all produce electricity. Foreign oil is NOT used to produce electricity.

Posted by: robtemery | July 21, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Get Michele Bachmann to investigate Rupert Murdock for Anti American actions. I believe he is a 5th columnist planted in America to undermine our free press. Beware of his publications.

Posted by: pooorpeddler1 | July 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see that Fox desires facts substantiated.

Does this mean that Fox is going to start substantiating facts behind their news reports? Some of these reports are founded on pretty shaky ground.

Posted by: janye1 | July 21, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

My first reaction was why would this group want to run their ad on such an "unfair and unbalanced" cable network?

Then I realized that Fox, with the top ten cable programs, is the only network that people watch.

Posted by: gman6 | July 21, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Seems like Fox has questionable values. Not very Christian to sanction lies, hatred,slander. Huckabee is one of that group. What part of the Tne Commandents does he not understand? If we are going to have such unpatriotic telecasting going on, why not already have Al Zareera out there publcally attacking our values?

Posted by: tmd678 | July 21, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Seems like Fox has questionable values. Not very Christian to sanction lies, hatred,slander. Huckabee is one of that group. What part of the Tne Commandents does he not understand? If we are going to have such unpatriotic telecasting going on, why not already have Al Zareera out there publcally attacking our values?

Posted by: tmd678 | July 21, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Fox didn't reject false ads smearing Penn. Senate candidate Joe Sestak for being anti-semitic. See "War escalates between Joe Sestak and right-wing pro-Israel group" (Wash. Post Plum Line, July 19) (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/war_escalates_between_right-wi.html#comments). At least one of the stations running the ads is a Fox affiliate.

Why the sudden concern for accuracy? Because those trying to run the ad are vets?

Posted by: Garak | July 20, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Fox hates veterans.

If Fox applied this standard, they'd run ZERO political ads.

Posted by: Garak | July 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Fox is dereputable and their license should be revoked for the malicious propaganda that they exude everyday in everyway. If there is such a thing as "truth" in media you will not find it anywhere in Murdoch's media empire. IN Media Matters a media fact check pub, and is reliable. Everyday, there are multiple corrections to the information that FOX spews. Rare are corrections made to nbc, msnbc,cbs,abc. Reputable media are willing to accept responsibility for their errors so they are reliable information because they value truth. And in a democracy, we really need truth coming from the 4th estate. I would say habitual, chronic, systemic "lying" is far more obscene than a curse word or a costume malfunction. The FCC really needs to review FOX operating policies and gather evidence of misuse of the public airwaves to deceive the public and damage the democracy that is the USA.

Posted by: CarmanK | July 20, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Fox is dereputable and their license should be revoked for the malicious propaganda that they exude everyday in everyway. If there is such a thing as "truth" in media you will not find it anywhere in Murdoch's media empire. IN Media Matters a media fact check pub, and is reliable. Everyday, there are multiple corrections to the information that FOX spews. Rare are corrections made to nbc, msnbc,cbs,abc. Reputable media are willing to accept responsibility for their errors so they are reliable information because they value truth. And in a democracy, we really need truth coming from the 4th estate. I would say habitual, chronic, systemic "lying" is far more obscene than a curse word or a costume malfunction. The FCC really needs to review FOX operating policies and gather evidence of misuse of the public airwaves to deceive the public and damage the democracy that is the USA.

Posted by: CarmanK | July 20, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Fox's claim to be "Fair and Balanced" is a lie.

Posted by: Lefty_ | July 20, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If "Faux News" posters rely on WaPo, msnbc, cnn and the mainstream pseudo-news organizations, they will only see reports that these organizations want them to see, including unsubstantiated reports favorable to progressive causes and unfavorable liberal spin reports about conservatives. Many reports are buried by these organizations if they don't fit into their progressive agenda.

Listserv is an organization comprised of progressive, left-wing journalists who discuss what news to report and which stories to suppress. They discussed using "race" to combat Obama opponents, a tactic that has been used consistently by the left. They put their full power of the pen behind Obama during his presidential campgaign and continue using news manipulation today.

So, don't tell me about "Faux News". I watch all the cable news channels and can tell you that if you want a story, favorable or unfavorable, you won't get it on msnbc or cnn.

Posted by: bethg1841 | July 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Fox has never been very interested in Facts that expose their propaganda.

Posted by: angie12106 | July 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The FCC should investigate FOX. Take it off the air, the propaganda, hate and fear mongering have no legitimate purpose in our society. Pull the plug on FOX and deliver an injunction against their malicious hosts. They are bad for America.

Posted by: right_as_rain | July 20, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The chickenhawks would hate to see Iran offended.

Posted by: gwcox2 | July 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The phrase "pot calling the kettle black" comes to mind...

Posted by: ceebee2 | July 20, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I mean they put a certified idiot on in Sarah Palin, someone who never has her facts in order, but they feel then need to "refudiate" this. This is MADNESS!!!

Posted by: Rahwaj | July 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Faux news demands more proof in order to run an ad from a left-leaning organization.

Hypocrites, when has that ever stopped Rupert Moloch from demanding to see proof of the outlandish claims made on his Faux News Network by the likes of Glenn Beck, Hannity or O'Reilly.

Hypocrtical troglodyte!

Posted by: chamateddy | July 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Most of the wingnuts that Fox hosts regularly fail to produce enough evidence to back up their own claims. Why was VoteVets trying to advertise on such a disreputable "news" outlet in the first place?

Posted by: weiwentg | July 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Fair and balanced.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 20, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I guess this means FUX news hates the American Soldier

Posted by: racerdoc | July 20, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Who knew that Faux news had a standard? You can go on there race baiting and fear mongering but not to do something that might save a few lives. After the Faux-promoted Swift Boat Liars and now this I have to wonder: why does Faux and the right hate the troops?

Posted by: md83 | July 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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That's fair and balanced for ya! FOX "News" spouts out more dubious propaganda than just about any other broadcaster in the country. Hypocrisy deluxe from Mr. Roger Ailes, the dogmatic right-wing ideologue owner of FOX.

Posted by: pcc7407 | July 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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