Conservative news outlet Fox News recently blocked a commercial that shows law enforcement officers describing the events of the violent, deadly mob storming the US Capitol Building on January 6, according to Newsweek.
Liberal PAC MeidasTouch, the creator of the ad, instead took the ad that was supposed to air on Fox on Sunday evening to Twitter, where Scott Dworkin of the Democratic Coalition retweeted it, adding “Fox blocked this Meidas ad from airing, because they don’t want the truth to ever be on their fake news station.”
MeidasTouch co founder Ben Meiselas told The Los Angeles Times that he didn’t expect to be blocked by Fox, noting that none of their advertising had been rejected before this one:
“We couldn’t have fathomed in our wildest imaginations that even a Fox News would reject an ad that simply condemns the insurrection, and condemns people who support the insurrection. What Fox has really become is a fascist echo chamber gatekeeper for their base.”
The other co-founders of MeidasTouch, Meiselas’ two brothers, told the LA Times that they were informed by a phone call on Friday that Fox would not be airing the ad, and were given no reason for the blockage:
“We made a $184,854 TV buy with this ad on Fox News this week. Fox News just denied airing our ad. Retweet and get it out in every corner of the country.”
MeidasTouch had booked the ad to play on Fox News from June 6 and 15, beginning on Chris Wallace’s Sunday show and running for the next week on Fox and Friends, as well as two spots on FNC’s daytime programs, and then again during Wallace’s show the following weekend.
The PAC is “exploring all legal options” in response to the refusal to air their ad, according to a tweet.
Capitol Police officers, including Captain Carneysha Mendoza were featured in the ad, from their appearance at a hearing by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration.
In a CNN clip, D.C. Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone spoke about his experience the day of the riot while images of Republican lawmakers are shown on screen:
“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened.”
The video simply ends with a black screen with white letters reading “The GOP betrayed America. We will never forget.”
The video has been watched over a million times on Twitter and 16,000 times on YouTube.
After right-wing rag The Federalist called them a “leftist group” and claimed the ad was “insurrection propaganda,” making sure to put quotation marks around the word “insurrection,” to imply that it wasn’t, MeidasTouch hit back the same way they did against Fox, turning the free publicity into fundraising for their cause.