Fox & Friends aired its own four-minute attack ad against President Obama that many have said could have been produced by the Republican National Committee with its blatant partisanship, quick cuts, and ominous disaster movie music. But the Fox News-produced video is actually a cartoon version of the series of ads released by Mitt Romney campaign in recent weeks titled "Broken Promises." Perhaps the show thought Romney's ads were too subtle for their viewers? Or maybe they thought Romney's ads were too boring? Nevertheless, they have the same theme, content, and style. Fox just kicked it up a notch, adding cheesier graphics, even more disastrous-sounding disaster movie music, and an absurd shot of a bald eagle (screenshot at left), which seems pulled straight from a Stephen Colbert parody.
It's not like Fox had no other material to work with. There are a lot of anti-Obama themes out there ripe for stealing. There's Karl Rove's Super PAC ad about Obama being too "cool," for example, or There's the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity ad, accusing Obama of blocking the Keystone XL pipeline for no good reason. But Fox looks like it took the Romney "Broken Promises" ads as a model, as they have a lot in common.