, a liberal political action committee, said Fox News
rejected its ad
condemning the Capitol riot
on January 6
, so it encouraged people
to retweet it.
went one step further on Monday, showing the commercial to his viewers for free and interspersing some commentary (see video below).
“We have a pretty good reach as well, so we’ve chosen to air it tonight,” the anchor said, adding, “While you watch
, ask yourself what isn’t true about it, and which people in it aren’t real.”
The ad depicts the deadly siege from the perspective of law enforcement officers defending the Capitol on that day, and Williams appears to be slamming those who try to downplay the insurgency, including Fox News.
The commercial serves as a powerful indictment of GOP
denialists and others, as officers recall
the horror of what they faced from the pro-Trump mob that day, but Williams' on-air endorsement was especially potent.
“It is about the attempt to overturn our election
, the 1-6 insurgency, and the story is told by those who are fighting,” he explained.
Thank you, Brian Williams, for sharing our ad that Fox "News" does not want their viewers to see pic.twitter.com/VIgDC0rdod — MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 8, 2021
According to the Los Angeles
Times, MeidasTouch reserved nearly $185,000 in air time for Fox News between June 6 and June 15, including seven days on “Fox and Friends
,” but the PAC was told on Friday that the ad would not air on the conservative channel.
According to a Fox News spokesperson, this isn't the first time the network has turned down a MeidasTouch advertisement.