CNN nixes job offer to ‘Fox and Friends’ producer who made anti-Obama ad

By David Ferguson
Friday, June 1, 2012 11:40 EDT
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CNN has withdrawn a job offer that it made to Chris White, the producer who created the now-infamous anti-Obama attack ad that aired earlier this week on “Fox and Friends,” according to the New York Times blog “Media Decoder.”

Earlier this week, Fox News’s morning show “Fox and Friends” unveiled a four-minute attack ad aimed at President Barack Obama. The slickly produced spot featured cut-up segments of Obama speeches underscored with dramatic orchestral music and solemn intonations by news anchors about rising food and gas prices, among other things.

People from across the political spectrum objected to the ad, saying that Fox has crossed a line into advocacy journalism, and thrown aside any pretense of journalistic objectivity. Even the neutral-to-a-fault Howard Kurtz wrote in The Daily Beast that the ad was “a classic piece of negative propaganda, scary music and all.”

Later on the day it debuted, he network itself disavowed the commercial, saying, “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. This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

Today it has emerged that White had been offered a job at CNN before the video aired, but, according to a CNN spokesperson, that offer has been rescinded.

As for whether or not the producer will be able to remain at this current job, “Media Decoder” wrote, “Mr. White’s fate at Fox News is unclear.”

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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