the REM 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."
"Puff adder"? Is he referrring to the snake?
Personally, I think he is referring to the comic-book villian. Based on these grabs, he looks like a war-on-women, Nazi-type Republican to me:
...although in some cases he appears to be black. Never knew Stipe was a racist, but then again, he is a liberal, and you know what they do to blacks who wander off the plantation...
Anyway, FOX blocks Stipe's complaint with the back of their hand:
...Fox News returned the volley by arguing they were within their legal requirements and suggested it was a publicity stunt by R.E.M.
“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,” a Fox News representative said. “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.”
BAM! That's gotta hurt...
Although the irony, of course, is that the expression "losing my religion" is a Southern one (Stipe is a Georgia boy, after all) meaning "At my wit's end".
Seems like FOX drove Stipe to lose his:
"I thought that I heard you laughing,
I thought that I heard you sing.
I think I thought I saw you try..."