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Creator of Controversial Anti-Obama Video Will Remain at Fox News (Video)

Screenshot from the controversial Fox News Obama video

Some say the episode that nearly cost Chris White his job was much ado about nothing; others are using it to advance the narrative that the network is biased.

Associate producer Chris White, embroiled in a controversy over a video he created critical of President Barack Obama, will keep his job at the Fox News Channel, the network said Friday.

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The video White produced for Fox & Friends was praised on air but later rebuked by executive vp programming Bill Shine, who responded to mounting criticism that it looked more like a political attack ad than a news-feature by noting the project “was not authorized at the senior executive level.”
 

Insiders said White was planning a move to CNN so he largely escaped repercussions. When CNN said Thursday, though, that it no longer had an interest in hiring White, his status in the cable news business was up in the air.

That is until Friday, when Shine said: “Chris White will remain employed with Fox News. We’ve addressed the video with the producers and are not going to discuss the internal workings of our programming any further.”

The video that caused the controversy, embedded below, is four minutes long and blames Obama for rising unemployment and inflation, and it was used by liberal commentators as proof of a conservative bias at Fox News.

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Others, though, saw the whole affair as much ado about nothing, pointing out similar evidence of bias – though in the opposite direction politically -- at MSNBC. Mediaite, for example, posted an anti-Mitt Romney video spoofing the movie The Artist that Chris Matthews aired without controversy.

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