What a coincidence that one of the discussions initiated by Fox News Sunday host Christ Wallace closely echoed an RNC attack ad that came out the day before! The RNC ad mocks an Obama ad featuring Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour urging viewers to enter a sweepstakes where the winner attends a fundraising dinner with Wintour, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and President and Mrs. Obama. As Wintour speaks (in the Obama ad), banners on the screen of the RNC ad highlight unemployment statistics under President Obama. Yesterday, Wallace picked up that meme and mocked the ad for making Obama look out-of-touch and elitist compared with the struggles of everyday Americans.
Wallace opened the "fair and balanced" discussion by saying, "Here's another (Obama campaign) blunder that you may not have seen."
On a day, Friday, when all of the economic news came out, the Obama campaign decided that was the day to release a video of Anna Wintour -if you don't know her, she is the editor of a fashion magazine, Vogue - saying to people, "Contribute to the Obama campaign and you can come to a big, exclusive dinner in New York that Sarah Jessica Parker and I are hosting."
Wallace played a clip from Obama's video and mocked Wintour's snob accent, saying, "Don't be late." To drive the point home, Wallace added, "This is on a day when we found out the economy created only 69,000 jobs." He then suggested this was part of the "shaky start" for Obama's re-election campaign.
As I noted in my previous post on yesterday's FNS panel discussion, Juan Williams piled on to attacking the Obama ad. “That looks like a parody. It looked like the Romney campaign planted Dr. Evil in the house of Obama.”
Video of the RNC ad is available at Mediaite which notes that it came out Saturday (one day before the FNS discussion. Below is the video of the Fox News Sunday discussion.