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VoteVets is a group of veterans working towards relieving America's dependence on foreign oil. They support the passage of a clean energy and climate bill for precisely that reason -- and they've released a hard-hitting ad noting the link between US foreign oil dependence and the hostile regimes that benefit from it. It aired on CNN and MSNBC, and was intended to air on Fox as well -- but the network rejected it, saying it was "too confusing". Watch the ad that baffled Fox News execs after the jump:
Seems to have all the requisite trappings for ideal Fox fodder -- decrying hostile foreign regimes in the Middle East, calling to improve American national security, and noting the need for US energy independence. And it's all produced by men and women the network claims to support most -- military veterans. So why wouldn't Fox air the ad?
Could it be that the ultimate message arrived at in the ad is outside of the conservative network's narrative? That Fox is pandering to its audience and peddling the line that clean energy legislation would amount to nothing but a tax, and that surely we can drill all of our troubles away? Or that Saudi prince Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, owns a 7% stake in News Corp., and advertising the need to sever dependence on his nation's oil is a conflict of interest?
There's certainly nothing confusing about the ad -- heavy-handed maybe, but remember, this was designed to run on Fox. It may be melodramatic, but it's pretty accurate. As the senior advisor to VoteVets (who served in Afghanistan) Richard Smith tells Think Progress:
"There's nothing confusing about the link between oil and terrorist funding, and even the most dyed-in-the-wool neocons agree on that point. The only confusing thing here is why FOX News would reject an ad that calls on Congress to defund our enemies by finding new sources of energy."
So, what do you think? Do you understand the ad? If so, congrats -- you are smarter than a Fox News executive.