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Fox & Friends’ Immigration Graphic Seems Plagiarized from Videogame About American Xenophobes

There is little question that one of the most ideologically driven (and fast-and-loose with the facts) shows on the Fox News Channel is the morning show Fox & Friends. Hosted by Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and a revolving door of leggy blondes, they have made inartful commentary on the issues of the day a kind of art form.

The show “covered” the recent citizen protests in Murrieta, California, which saw a mob of people shouting at busloads of women and children – some in need of medical attention – heading to California from an overwhelmed Patrol facility in Texas. Yet, what is remarkable about this is not the interview between Doocy and Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, but the graphic they used to start the segment.

You can see it yourself in the first few seconds of the video below (I assure you the rest of the clip is enragingly dull), but the camera sweeps across the ocean and tracking up the Statue of Liberty, ending with a graphic that read “Defending the Homeland.” What’s even more interesting is that the Fox graphic looks remarkably similar to the logo for the videogame Bioshock Infinite.

Mediate.com Editor-in-Chief Andrew Kirell reported this saying the graphic “seemed too crude and goofy to be real.” Who could blame him, considering the myriad levels of irony at play here? First, there is the symbolism of using, as Kirell writes, “an iconic French-built statue that literally…beckons the world’s poor, tired, and huddled masses” to immigrate to the U.S. Secondly, that an organization with the reputation Fox has would purposefully tie their agenda to the Bioshock game is almost beyond ridiculous.

The game takes place in a city populated by racist xenophobes who worship the Founders with a kind of zeal that would make Glenn Beck uncomfortable. The aim of the city’s leader is to inspire his citizens to go to war with anyone that isn’t them. Watching just a few seconds of video from the protests and hearing the anger and hate these people directed at (very likely already-scared) children kills the humor in it though. In fact, it makes the comparison downright terrifying.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.