The rock band R.E.M. released a statement on its website asking Fox News to stop playing their song "Losing My Religion." According to R.E.M., Fox News was playing the popular song during the Democratic convention.

Here's R.E.M.'s statement, posted on their website:

R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."


UPDATE: A Fox News spokesman responds: “FOX News Channel’s use of an R.E.M. song during Thursday’s edition of Fox & Friends was in full accordance with its license agreements with all appropriate parties. Nevertheless, we’re always flattered to have this much attention for a song selection and we hope R.E.M. was able to satisfy their publicity fix.”


Via the Flagpole, the alternative newspaper in R.E.M.'s hometown of Athens, Georgia, which also links to the music video:

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