Echoing CBS’s pulling the Lipstick ad from you tube because Couric was included, Fox

Fox News sent a cease-and-desist letter to the McCain campaign today over a new ad that includes the voice of correspondent Major Garrett, according to a letter obtained by Politico.

Here’s where it gets hysterical:

“We demand that you immediately remove Mr. Garrett’s voice from this ad. As Mr. Garrett is a nonpartisan news correspondent covering the Obama campaign for Fox News, it is highly inappropriate, among other things, of your campaign to use him in your ad.”

Strange. I remember for the longest time political ads using newspaper quotes or TV news before without this kind of objections. I guess the difference is – they were not going against The One.

Also, iteems that the “temporary truce agreement” between Fox and Obama is paying off after all

More of that truce from  Vanity Fair :

Just before the New York Democratic primary, when I found myself undecided between Clinton and Obama, I said to Murdoch (a little flirtation, like a little gossip, softens him), “Rupert, I don’t know who to vote for—so I’m going to give you my vote. You choose.”

He paused, considered, nodded his head slowly: “Obama—he’ll sell more papers.”

and then we have this little nugget of information

Even though his (Rupert Murdock’s) daughter Elisabeth and her husband, high-flying P.R. man Matthew Freud, have been raising money for Obama in Notting Hill, in London, where they live, and his wife has been attending fund-raisers for Obama in Los Angeles with David Geffen,

Obama, on the other hand, was snubbing Murdoch. Every time he reached out (Murdoch executives tried to get the Kennedys to help smooth the way to an introduction), nothing. The Fox stain was on Murdoch.

It wasn’t until early in the summer that Obama relented and a secret courtesy meeting was arranged. The meeting began with Murdoch sitting down, knee to knee with Obama, at the Waldorf-Astoria. The younger man was deferential—and interested in his story. Obama pursued: What was Murdoch’s relationship with his father? How had he gotten from Adelaide to the top of the world?

Ailes, unruffled, said it might not have been this way if Obama had more willingly come on the air instead of so often giving Fox the back of his hand.

A tentative truce, which may or may not have vast historical significance, was at that moment agreed upon.

The vast historical significance? We now have one political party – the one the media surrogates for.

Un-endorsed candidates need not apply.


Either Murdoch is trying to be in the grace of both campaigns or he changed his tune – I feel I need to link this recent statement of his on behalf of McCain – or rather against Obama. Not sure what to make of it, but I’ll be watching