Update: VoteVets official asks why Fox News would reject an ad "that calls on Congress to defund our enemies"

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This morning, Media Matters' Oliver Willis wrote about Ben Smith's Politico report that Fox News had rejected an advertisement from VoteVets.org claiming it was "too confusing." As Willis noted:

It's interesting that Fox News is refusing the ads, and apparently using confusion as some sort of justification. For instance, Fox regularly buys print advertising for themselves in newspapers and trade publications, yet I've never heard of a Fox ad being rejected because readers might confuse the network with actual news (they act more like a PAC nowadays). Or perhaps Fox felt VoteVets ads might create some sort of cognitive dissonance for viewers who have become used to the network's shoddy coverage of environmental issues?

Now, in a statement provided to Media Matters, VoteVets.org is asking why the conservative network would reject an ad "that calls on Congress to defund our enemies":

"There's nothing confusing about the link between oil and terrorist funding, and even the most dyed-in-the-wool neocons agree on that point," said VoteVets.org senior advisor Richard Smith. He continued, "The only confusing thing here is why FOX News would reject an ad that calls on Congress to defund our enemies by finding new sources of energy."

Take a look at the ad. Does it confuse you as much as it apparently confuses the folks at Fox News?

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