“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”
REM said Fox News is not authorized or licensed to use its 1991 hit in the future.
The song was played as a tongue-in-cheek way for the cable news network to comment on the perceived lack of faith at the DNC, The Huffington Post reported.
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Although the first time REM has weighed in on the 2012 campaign, lead singer Michael Stipe is no stranger to political controversy.
"It's a bad - it's a day for Rush Limbaugh, isn't it?" he asked Couric. "It's a bad day for Schwarzenegger. It’s a bad day for Bush. It’s a bad day for Rove. It’s a good day for me.”