Fox News actually decided that this anti-Nazi ad was 'not appropriate' for its viewers

The CEO of Fox News personally intervened in a small ad buy, rejecting a 30-second spot promoting an Oscar-nominated anti-Nazi documentary film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, Fox News' Suzanne Scott said in an email the network would not run the ad because it was "not appropriate for our air."

The film's producers wanted to run the ad during Fox News' "Hannity" show.

The documentary is, "A Night at the Garden." THR reports the ad "recounts a 1939 Nazi rally in New York City, and a warning — 'It Can Happen Here' — to Hannity's largely conservative viewers about the potential dangers of President Donald Trump's brand of populism."

The film's director, Marshall Curry, says it "shines a light on a time when thousands of Americans fell under the spell of a demagogue who attacked the press and scapegoated minorities using the symbols of American patriotism."

The documentary is short, just over seven minutes, and can be viewed online free.

Here's the ad that Fox News rejected:

Field of Vision - A Night at the Garden from Field of Vision on Vimeo.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.