We all know Fox “News” functions as the propaganda arm for the Republican Party. But who ever thought they’d blatantly produce and air a “documentary” that doubles as a campaign commercial for a GOP candidate?
After losing his Massachusetts senate race to Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown in 2012, Brown packed his carped bags and high-tailed it north to the “live free or die” state of New Hampshire. There, he launched his new 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate.
Media Matters reports, Fox “News” just happened to produce an anti-Obamacare documentary whose message dovetails perfectly with Brown’s campaign. And, of course, Brown has enthusiastically hosted screenings of “Live Free or Die, Obamacare in New Hampshire” all over the state ever since this dubious “documentary” first aired as a Fox “News” special on August 8.
In fact, Brown just promoted yet another screening of Fox’s anti-Obamacare
campaign commercial “documentary” earlier today on his Twitter feed:
… And on his Facebook page, too.
Fox also helped slow Brown’s slide into irrelevance — and gave him a platform for launching his campaign — when they brought him in as a “part-time consultant” in 2013.
Brown’s Democratic rival and incumbent Jean Shaheen cried foul, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party called out “Obamacare in New Hampshire” as:
“[a] faux documentary” and “a blatant attempt to prop up their former employee’s campaign, full of half-truths and misleading rhetoric.”
Even one of Brown’s fellow Republicans, former Senator Bob Smith, said the “documentary” is “shoddy” and far from “fair and balanced.”
But the best part is when Brown accidentally refers to the documentary as a “commercial” during an interview with Manchester, N.H. talk radio station WGIR.
When asked to address a fundraising email from Shaheen’s campaign, which criticized Fox’s
campaign commercial documentary, Brown dismissively replied:
“to think somehow that Fox is doing something for me because I was a, you know, part-time contributor, it’s laughable … she [Shaheen] wants to talk about and run a fundraising ad off of a commercial or a show of some sort that basically is right on everything. How about she comes and does an ad and talks about why she voted for this.”
Scott Brown talks about his campaign commercial.
Ooops. We meant to say Fox’s anti-Obamacare documentary. Here’s the audio via Media Matters.
Featured photo: Composite/Screen grabs/Fox.