Fox is taking flak for airing a video that resembled an anti-Obama campaign ad, but there was no similar outcry when MSNBC produced an equally partisan anti-Romney video in February, the Atlantic finds. "Mitt: Better Off Mute," an Artist spoof that portrayed the gaffe-prone Romney as a silent film artist doomed by the advent of sound, is shorter and gentler than the Fox & Friends piece, "but then we're getting into gradations, which is a factor in all political advertising," writes John Hudson.
But Fox isn't defending its anti-Obama piece: Senior execs have distanced themselves from it, saying it wasn't authorized at the top level. The producer behind the video, Chris White, had been offered a job at CNN before the video was broadcast but the offer has now been withdrawn, reports the New York Times. It's not known whether he'll be allowed to keep his job at Fox. (Read more Chris Matthews stories.)