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Fox Inaugurates -- Under the Guise of "News" -- a New GOP Ad Warning That Americans Will Die if They Vote for Democrats

Reported by Melanie - October 20, 2006 -

Yesterday ABC News published an article titled, GOP to Air Ad Warning of Terror Attacks. The article quotes Brian Jones, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee as saying, "the ad would run on national cable beginning Sunday, but he declined to discuss specifics of the buy."

Beginning Sunday huh? What better an illustration could there be of the ties between Fox News and the GOP than the fact that Fox aired the ad today (October 20, 2006), twice, during Your World w/Neil Cavuto?

It all began roughly midway through the show when Cavuto returned from an ad break. A full-screen graphic opened the segment - YOU DECIDE 2006 - and Cavuto said,

With the election less than three weeks away, the Republicans are coming out with arguably their most controversial ad yet. Take a look at this.

The ad aired and Cavuto returned:

There you have it. Pretty strong stuff.

The YOU DECIDE 2006 graphic appeared again and Cavuto introduced Rick Santorum who had not seen the ad but said he was "glad that we were doin' it." During the Santorum interview, Fox went to a split screen and aired the ad a second time.

The ad shows explosions and silhouetted figures holding rifles walking through the woods at night, among other things. It opens with the sound of a ticking clock and a picture of Ayman al-Zawahiri to the right of a quote from one of his taped messages: "Our message is clear -- what you saw in New York and Washington and what you are seeing in Afghanistan and Iraq, all these are nothing compared to what you will see next."

That quote fades to black (audio of a clicking clock continues) while the last part is highlighted and brought forward - "all these are nothing compared to what you will see next." Video of dark, Ninja-like "terrorists" appears, the clock keeps ticking, and this graphic fades in: "What is yet to come will be even greater." That fades out, the audio changes to the sound of a beating heart, and this appears on screen: "These are the stakes. Vote Nov. 7."

Comment: The Weekly Standard, September 13, 2006:

WE NOW KNOW WHY the Bush administration hasn't made the capture of Osama bin Laden a paramount goal of the war on terror. Emphasis on bin Laden doesn't fit with the administration's strategy for combating terrorism. Here's how President Bush explained this Tuesday: "This thing about . . . let's put 100,000 of our special forces stomping through Pakistan in order to find bin Laden is just simply not the strategy that will work."

P.S. You'll be the first to know if I see Fox air a Democratic campaign ad in its entirety, twice.