The latest banner ad on the homepages of Myspace users is for a Fox News program called ‘The ½ Hour News Hour.’
The show is obviously intended as a Daily Show spoof, but from what I gather from the clip’s content (footage that plays on racist stereotypes and implies out of the blue that Obama is basically some sort of ‘stinky negro’) and the timing of its debut (ramping up for the upcoming presidential election), it seems to be a thinly-veiled Republican propaganda device.
Not convinced? Here’s a video of an introduction to the show… with sociopaths Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter.
As you hopefully already know, Myspace is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. News Corp. and its subsidiary Fox News are infamous for spreading across-the-board conservative propaganda (e.g. in the buildup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, all 175 Murdoch-owned newspapers worldwide editorialized in favor of the war).
Additionally, Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News Channel, is the only head of a major news-gathering organization in the United States with a background as a paid political consultant.
Namely, Ailes’s political work has included:
- working as a media adviser to Richard M. Nixon Presidential Campaign in 1967-68
- working as a consultant in 1984 to Ronald Reagan
- working on George H. W. Bush’s 1988 Presidential campaign
It goes deeper than that, and you should keep poking around the internet if you’re curious. I just thought you should know, or remind you, that — money aside — this is exactly why Murdoch bought Myspace. A captive audience.
And for the record on Obama’s drug use, here is a clip of him on 60 Minutes candidly addressing his own past in his own words. This in contrast to Bush’s continued alcohol and cocaine abuse throughout his 40s, which to this day he refuses to directly acknowledge.