Take a look at the above video. Ignoring the introduction, is it more like a campaign ad created by an anti-Obama super PAC, or a short feature produced by a news organization?
Fox & Friends complied a mashup looking back at President Barack Obama's 2008 Hope and Change campaign and his three years and four months in office, but it looks a lot like a commercial sponsored by Romney for President or American Crossroads.
Fox News, which has long insisted it is a fair and balanced news source amid outrage by critics who say it is obviously biased to the right, was not playing an ad as a third-party video they were to discuss. It was an original Fox News production introduced by the Fox & Friends hosts.
Let's talk a little bit about what the campaign slogan used to be for President Obama when he was a candidate, said Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson. Remember, it used to be 'Hope and Change.'... let's see if it lived up to 'Hope and Change.'
The video is credited to producer Chris White, who has been in a small editing room for the past couple of weeks, co-anchor Steve Doocy notes.
Left-leaning bloggers like Think Progress were quick to criticize Fox for blurring the lines between news and editorial. Mediaite's Noah Rothman wrote the video crosses a line from merely voicing support for a candidate or cause to advocacy and campaigning.
But the video brought ire from conservative columnists, too. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air wrote he agrees with the message but thought it was inappropriate for Fox to post.
It makes a pretty powerful argument against another four years of Barack Obama, but that shouldn't be the job of news-reporting organizations, Morrissey wrote.
Fox & Friends has been mocked for having a conservative bias before. The show was the subject of Saturday Night Live skit, opening with the tagline coffee, smiles, fear and terror.
Fox News appears to have removed the video removed its website, but it can be found on YouTube (where the above video was found).
UPDATED: Fox News confirmed it removed the video from its website and released the following statement (via The Huffington Post): 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, said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming at Fox News. This has been addressed with the show's producers.