• May 10th 2010 at 10:59AM
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VoteVets ad on U.S. foreign oil dependence – click above to watch the video after the jump

While it is generally understood that America's dependence on foreign oil negatively impacts the country in many ways, both the citizenry and the media differ in how they choose to deal with the topic. Case in point: VoteVets, a group of veterans who are working to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil, produced a commercial outlining some of the brutal realities that our addiction to crude creates. The commercial aired on CNN and MSNBC, but according to TreeHugger, the folks at Fox News have rejected the commercial because it is "too confusing."

After viewing the 30-second clip available after the jump, we have trouble seeing where the spot is confusing. The premise is quite simple: Our nation's dependency on foreign oil benefits numerous hostile regimes and can even lead to war. So, if the commercial isn't "too confusing," then why did Fox News refuse to air it? TreeHugger suggests many possible reasons, but one stands out: Saudi prince Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a seven-percent stake in News Corp., which owns Fox, so even suggesting that the U.S. should eliminate its dependence on foreign oil would appear to be a conflict of interest for the network.

As expected, VoteVets was none too pleased about Fox's decision – the organization's senior advisor Richard Smith responded with:
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.
Now, we're interested in what you think. Is Fox News right to reject the commercial? Did they step over the line here? Is the commercial really "too confusing"? Watch the commercial after the jump and then let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Hat tip to Andy!

[Source: TreeHugger]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Haha Fox News, news without actual news. They should call it Fox Stuffwemadeuptoscareyou.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's Faux News, what do you expect. They have Sarah Palin, LoL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Ad is misleading and probably false, but FOX should have taken their money anyway and ran it. Unless there is some cash lying around someplace I dont know about, how can we afford to supply half of our electricity with solar and wind power with current technology?

        Clean energy is a dream we all want, and that includes the Sean Hannity's and Sarah Palins of the world, but can we afford it? What we need to do is look at drilling more in the USA and building more Nuclear power plants, while investing in research for future clean energy sources. Wind and Solar just don't make economic sense currently. If reducing dependence on foreign oil is so important to us, why haven't we built any new refineries, opened not a single nuclear power plant in the last 30 years, or drilled for oil right here in the USA where there are huge reserves?

        For different reasons, both the left and right in this country are guilty of keeping us from becoming energy independent. It's time people smarten up to the nonsense!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take her any day over Barack PapaObama, with his payoffs to unions and lawyers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about this explanation: They wouldn't show it because nobody really cares.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When money talks, nobody criticizes it's accent.

      The middle east is only one source of oil; Canada and Mexico are other suppliers. Everyone is quick to call middle easterners terrorists (some of them are), but Mexico has it's share of drug trading, violence laden terrorists.

      Do people ignore this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Have you even been following this whole Arizona thing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe the original question was 'Was Fox news wrong in saying this commercial was too confusing to air" My answer would be ,YES, because the commercial was very clear in explaining by us using foreign oil we are supporting 'evil regimes' where as we could be putting our efforts and dollars into more environmentally safe options. The majority of main stream media is owned by big corporations who support our politicians and the game is all about money! Please watch on Youtube "The Fall of the Republic". The are setting up their New World Order agenda....WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just saw an nearly identical commercial on Fox News Channel sposored by Vets for Action Fund. Same message. So, any political argument about this decision is null and void.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well... it might have something to do with the fact that just recently a Saudi prince became the largest single shareholder of the company that owns fox. Just a hunch
      • 5 Years Ago
      Much ado about nothing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a story that's best suited for a website that DOESN'T have anything to do with cars. STICK TO CARS/TRUCKS and leave the political crap out!

      Thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy cow! You'd think that commercial was right up Fox's alley. It's all like, support oil and you support Iran! Support oil and you're not doing your patriotic duty! Support oil and you're a bad, bad, bad man who likes to wear dirty underwear while playing a clown for emotionally scarred for life children everywhere!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised that Fox News refused to air it. Despite their "fair and balanced" motto, their news coverage is neither. They represent conservatives and the GOP, which is beholdend to major international industries.
      The proponents fo the mindless "drill here, drill now" mantra want only to push the public toward policies that further enrich their corporate constituency.

      The real problem for Fox is that they also present themselves as "patriots" and use the threat of terrorism to try to scare people away from supporting Democrats or moderates. So for a *Veteran-backed organization* to link the oil industry with terrorism must make their little heads spin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Votevets is a misnomer. It is a political action committee funded by George Soros, probably the most liberal supporter of socialism of any billionaire. If I wanted political commentary I wouldn't read Autoblog. Could we keeep politics out of at least one site????
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