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:
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!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.