Fox News disapproved of US Capitol rioting
Fox News declined to air an ad on Sunday about the violence law enforcement officials faced while trying to stop the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to the makers of the political ad.
“We couldn’t have imagined in our wildest imagination that even Fox News would reject an ad that simply condemns the insurrection and condemns those who support the insurrection,” said Ben Meiselas, one of the co-founders of MeidasTouch, the Liberal Political Action committee that created the 60-second ad. “What Fox has really become is a fascist echo chamber gatekeeper for their base.”
Broadcast and cable networks have discretion in refusing to broadcast advertisements from political campaigns and interest groups. A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Meiselas and his two brothers Brett and Jordan said they made the ad purchase as they had in the past, but received a phone call on Friday that the cable network would not broadcast the ad and was given no reason. Fox News has never before refused to run any of their ads without offering suggestions for changes, they said.
The commercial features police officers testifying in Congress and speaking to the media about their experiences during the riot, including bear mace spraying, hand-to-hand combat, and being labeled “traitors.”
“It was very difficult to see elected officials and others glossing over the events of that day or downplaying what happened,” said Michael Fanone, the DC Metropolitan police officer, in a clip from a CNN interview as images of the minority leader’s House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell and other GOP elected officials are shown on screen.
The ad ends in block letters that say, “The GOP Betrayed America. We will never forget. “
The ad went viral on social media, getting more than 1 million views on Twitter.
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Fox News is the target of multi-billion dollar defamation lawsuits from voting system and software makers for its coverage of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic accused Fox News of irresponsibly spreading falsehoods that their technology and equipment were used to win the elections manipulate. The fraud allegations are among the factors that led to the uprising when lawmakers voted to uphold the election results.
Fanone, who suffered a heart attack after rioters hit him with a flagpole and repeatedly stunned him with his taser weapon on Jan. 6, is among the law enforcement officials who have been vocal critics of Republican lawmakers blocking the establishment of a commission study what happened that day.
The House of Representatives approved a plan to set up a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection by 252-175 votes; but in the Senate it received 54 votes at the end of May, six fewer than needed to put the proposal up for debate.
A spokeswoman for President Biden on Thursday ruled out the establishment of a presidential commission to investigate the matter and agreed the White House with House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi believing that such an investigation should be initiated by Congress.
MeidasTouch booked nearly $ 185,000 airtime between June 6 and June 15 to play the ad on Fox News, beginning with Chris Wallace’s Sunday show and seven days on Fox and Friends, plus two spots on daily programs and one more Wallace show next weekend.
Brett Meiselas noted that many shows on the network routinely talk about the “demolition culture”.
“The fact that they want to cancel and censor the voices of the law enforcement officers who valiantly guarded the Capitol. It’s the height of hypocrisy and it’s un-American, ”he said.
MeidasTouch is a liberal political action committee founded in 2020 by the three brothers who have notable ties to Hollywood. Her father is a prominent lawyer who represents musicians like Lady Gaga.
Ben Meiselas is a lawyer whose clients include former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Brett Meiselas was an editor on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show. Jordan Meiselas, a former marketer, now works full-time at the PAC.
The PAC filmed anti-Trump videos during the 2020 presidential race and supported the Democrats during the Georgia Senate special races earlier this year. The PAC didn’t get as much attention as anti-Trump groups like the Lincoln Project; It spent about $ 4.2 million last year.