Fox News airs four minute Obama attack ad on its morning news show

Fox & Friends airs four minute attack ad on Barack ObamaFox News has aired a  four minute ad on its Fox & Friends morning show attacking President Obama and passing it off as journalism. The ad attempts to take apart Barack Obama’s campaign message of hope and change whilst highlighting the perceived failures of his presidency.

What makes it so significant is that it is not a paid for ad put out by a supporter of  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but an ad created by a Fox News producer, and therefore paid for News Corporation, who is praised by one of the on air presenters after the ad has run.

“Hats off to Chris White, one of the producers on our team,” said Steve Doocy after the ad wrapped up. “He’s been in a small editing room for the past few weeks.”

Since the ad aired Bill Shine, the executive vice president for programming at Fox News, has issued  a statement, disowning the video.

“The package that aired on ‘Fox & Friends’ was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network,” Shine said.

No word if Fox News plans to air a four minute attack ad on Mitt Romney to balance out what was essentially a multi million dollar contribution in terms of air time by News Corporation to the Republican presidential campaign.