‘Kill Some Crackers’: GOP Group Pays Fox Affiliates To Influence Election With Anti-Obama Propaganda

Several Fox television stations and one ABC affiliate in key battleground states are running a Republican front group’s anti-Obama propaganda as paid programming in the final days leading up to the election. The National Republican Trust PAC, run by conservative conspiracy theorist Scott Wheeler, has purchased airtime in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Carolina to broadcast its 25-minute “Breaking Point” political attack ad, starting last Friday. Using clips from, World Net Daily, Fox Business,, and Glenn Beck, narrator E. W. Jackson invokes the boogeymen of ACORN, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the New Black Panther Party, Hamas, and Mao Tse-Tung to paint President Obama and the Democratic Party as “extreme,” “treacherous,” “socialist,” and “with hostility” towards America:

In addition to the false attacks on Obama advisers Van Jones and John Holdren, the propaganda film also repeats smears against Obama staff Anita Dunn, Kevin Jennings, Carol Browner, and Cass Sunstein. It makes the flat-out false claims that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “caused the entire home mortgage industry crisis,” that health care reform would allow the “government to take over one-fifth of the U.S. economy,” and that there is a “growing number of scientific scandals” that are “further discrediting manmade global warming claims.” When not playing inflammatory clips of angry black people, the ad also comes to defense of the billionaire Koch brothers who fund the Americans for Prosperity, claiming “Obama has repeatedly attacked a group of private citizens simply because they wanted their voices heard.”

The video explicitly encourages citizens to vote against the Democratic Party. “As if to validate the very need for a citizens revolt, the establishment responded by alienating, undermining, and attacking their own voters,” the paid program electioneers, also mentioning the “midterm elections” and people “going to vote on November 2nd” in the context of defeating Democrats. In a video following the smear piece, Scott Wheeler promotes the National Republican Trust’s efforts:

An exclusive ThinkProgress survey has found that this fear-mongering political advertisement has been broadcast on at least the following local stations — one ABC and five Fox affiliates — in order to affect the results of the upcoming election:

— Fox 47 WMSN, Madison, WI 11/1 7 AM — Fox 23 KBSI, Paducah, KY 10/31 10:30 AM — Fox 56 WDKY, Lexington, KY 10/31 8:30 AM — Fox 53 WPGH, Pittsburgh, PA 10/29 8 AM  — Fox 17 KDSM, Des Moines, IA 10/29 6:30 AM; 10/27 6 AM  — ABC 45 WXLV, Greensboro, NC 10/29 6 AM

The National Republican Trust is supported by prominent conservatives such as action star Chuck Norris, billionaire Roger Milliken, Panduit CEO Jack Caveney, Johns Hopkins University trustee David P. Nolan, and oil executives Terrence Jacobs and Jean Angle.


It is unclear if National Republican Trust coordinates with the Republican Party or other conservative groups. Marc Morano, a Swift-Boat operative who has helped coordinate the Heritage Foundation, Republican lawmakers, and polluter lobbyists, is one of the registered agents for the National Republican Trust. The organization is registered to a UPS drop box on M Street in Washington DC.