The American rock band R.E.M. on Thursday demanded that Fox News “cease and desist” using their song “Losing My Religion” during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
“R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’ was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night,” a statement on the R.E.M. HQ website said. “R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.”
“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage,” lead singer Michael Stipe said. “Our music does not belong there.”
And it’s not the first time the band’s frontman has taken on conservatives.
During a 2003 interview with NBC’s Katie Couric about the band’s song “Bad Day,” Stipe blasted conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, Republican strategist Karl Rove and then-President George W. Bush.
“It’s a bad–it’s a day for Limbaugh, isn’t it?” he asked Couric. “It’s a bad day for Schwarzenegger. It’s a bad day for Bush. It’s a bad day for Rove. It’s a good day for me.”
During the 2008 Democratic primary, Stipe revealed that he had been an early supporter of then-Sen. Barack Obama.
“I’m buoyed by Barack Obama arriving at a time when people have lost their faith in politics,” he reportedly told The Sun. “There’s something there that speaks of a level-headedness and competence, so obviously I want him to be the next President.”
Over the past week, Fox News has devoted a significant amount of coverage to the Democrats’ decision to exclude — and then re-add — references to “God” and “Jerusalem” in the Democratic platform.
R.E.M. representatives did not return calls by the time of publication.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019