WASHINGTON – The progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org admitted Wednesday to filming a hoax video that in which anti-conservative slogans were splayed along the ticker outside Fox News’s Manhattan headquarters, the Huffington Post reports.
“We are being lied to,” the electronic message board read briefly. “Rightwingers are destroying the middle class and trying to kill our unions… We are not broke. We will rise up. We will fight back. We will spread the truth.”
The video, posted to YouTube last week, garnered over 300,000 hits. Fox News said it was a hoax, and until today it was unclear who was responsible.
Now MoveOn is using the prank as a launching pad for a broad anti-austerity campaign, set to launch June 23, with involvement from ex-White House adviser Van Jones and The Roots. The group’s executive director Justin Ruben told HuffPost‘s Sam Stein that it “will be the largest economic campaign we have ever run,” aimed at shifting the political discussion from austerity to jobs.
Watch the video that caused the stir, via YouTube user hiropro999.