Fox News has purged YouTube of hundreds of clips of its programs from power-users such as News1News, ConservativeNation, and GlennBeckDailyClips.
The YouTubers had supplied online media outlets with clips of Fox News programs, leaving many online outlets with videos that do not load.
Fox News had first requested the closure of News1News — which is seen as a progressive YouTube channel — leading many on the internet to cry that the cable news network was censoring the left while allowing the conservative news channels to remain up and running:
But Fox News' move appears to be limited to News1News, while other YouTube channels -- those viewed as having conservative leanings -- remain untouched. Chen points out that the Glenn Beck Daily Clips channel continues to operate, although it features 614 clips, as of last count, of Glenn Beck's Fox show. The Conservative Nation channel, with close to 200 clips, is also still online.
Thus, Fox's move will mostly affect stories posted on progressive-leaning blogs, such as Gawker, the Huffington Post and Truthdig, while leaving intact YouTube clips embedded at conservative Web sites. Instead of embedded video, visitors to those sites will now see a notice stating that the video in question is "no longer available."
Friday, however, sites like ConservativeNation and GlennBeckDailyClips received their notices and their accounts were suspended.