The rock band R.E.M. demanded that Fox News “cease and desist” using their song “Losing My Religion” on Thursday during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
“R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion’ was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night,” a statement on the R.E.M. HQ website said. “R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.”
“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage,” lead singer Michael Stipe said. “Our music does not belong there.” RawStory.com 9/07/2012
Michael Stipe speaking out against Republicans is nothing new. During a 2003 interview with NBC’s Katie Couric about the band’s song “Bad Day,” Stripe blasted conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, Republican strategist Karl Rove and then-President George W. Bush.
Fox News, who claims to be fair and balanced, is known for being a mouthpiece for the Republican party.