It was a propaganda fake-out, meant to call attention to MoveOn’s new anti-austerity campaign.
My apologies for passing it around.
MoveOn Uses Fox News Hoaxes, Van Jones And The Roots In Anti-Austerity Campaign
First Posted: 06/ 8/11 10:07 AM ET Updated: 06/ 8/11 12:13 PM ET
WASHINGTON — It seemed, at the time, too surreal to be true. In late May, a YouTube user named Hiropro999 posted a video to the site showing the ticker outside of News Corp.’s Manhattan headquarters being hacked and reprogrammed with an anti-FOX News script. The mysterious nature of the poster combined with the high profile of the target produced a tremendous amount of curiosity and netted 300,000-plus views.
FOX News said the video was a fake. It was.
On Wednesday morning, MoveOn.org, the five million-member progressive advocacy organization, finally acknowledged that it had commandeered the elaborate prank in an effort to draw attention to a much larger campaign. On June 23rd, the organization, alongside former White House adviser Van Jones and The Roots, are launching what organizers are calling “Rebuild the Dream,” an effort to move the political conversation away from austerity and towards job creation.