The members of R.E.M. have blasted editors at FOX News network for using the band's hit song "Losing My Religion" during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.
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Bosses behind the TV channel have been sent a cease-and-desist letter from executives at publishing house Warner-Tamerlane Music, accusing them of failing to obtain permission to play the popular 1991 track while reporting from the Charlotte, N.C., event.
Singer Michael Stipe, 52, has spoken out to condemn FOX News and its journalistic ethics in the wake of the controversy. In a statement on the band's official website, he says, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."
Just reading through the latest batches of comments here about REM and guess what? Bill Clinton is absolutely correct about the extremists taking over the Republican point of view (NOT THAT THERE'S A SHORTAGE OF SAME IN DEMOCRATIC VIEW) - pointed vitriolic hatred not only of the band but particularly Michael Stipe. The decision of the band to withold permission for the PUBLIC use of their song must be within their legal rights as numerous other artists have successfully done the same in the past. Surely there are enough musicians/groups out there who support the Republican point of view that would willingly allow the use of their material.
What is now beyond any doubt is the willingness of the 'hard-right' in the Republican Party to deliberately distort the issue of Church and State. No effort will be spared to try and inflame the religious zealots once more for the upcoming election - as they have repeatedly done since the days of Ronald Reagan. The decision to conveniently ignore the wisdom of the Constitution & Bill of Rights, wherein Church and State are seperated, should have automatically raised concerns within the party itself - not so. Such is the grip that these power hungry extremists now exert! No one dares speak out for fear of loosing their position. So now the broadcast media is filled with LIES about Christian Faiths being under attack by the DEMOCRATS - the tiny matter of DETAILS of said attacks remains quite vague but it has proven sufficient to just raise the specter and use the tools of IGNORANCE & FEAR to produce the 'Sky is Falling' reaction.