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R.E.M. demand Fox News stop playing 'Losing My Religion'

Artists as diverse as K’Naan and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider have all taken exception to the Romney campaign’s use of their music without authorization. Now R.E.M. has a dog in the fight: the band issued a cease-and-desist to Fox News after the network used their 1991 hit “Losing My Religion” in its coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

Lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement, “We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there.”

That’s a bit more succinct than Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello was when he told off Paul Ryan, but it’s clear enough.

“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,” a representative for Fox News responded.

At least the Republicans still have Nicki Minaj.

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Ratings: Fox News scores another big victory, but Paul Ryan fails to top Sarah Palin

Fox News was once again the big winner at the Republican National Convention, but Paul Ryan could not equal the allure of 2008’s Republican star, Sarah Palin. The young Wisconsin congressman and vice-presidential candidate made a big splash in his first speech in the national spotlight, and despite some disagreements with the fact-checkers, his words played extremely well inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Overall, viewership was relatively steady compared to the convention’s first night, when Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie set the tone for the event, but Fox News expanded upon its domination during the 10 p.m. window — when the networks joined the cable stations with coverage of the major speeches. More than 7.7 million viewers tuned in to Fox News, more than 3 million more than NBC, its nearest competitor. For the entire night, Fox News dwarfed CNN and MSNBC, with an average of 5.8 million viewers, more than twice their rivals combined audience.

Yet Ryan didn’t surpass his predecessor, Palin, who fueled a culture of fascination leading up to her enormously successful convention speech in 2008. More than 37 million people tuned in for her national introduction, including 9.2 million Fox News viewers. Ryan drew just over 20 million from the same networks.

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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan set for first joint interview on '60 Minutes'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his newly-named running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), will appear in their first joint interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes. Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer will conduct the interview, CBS News tweeted Sunday morning.

Schieffer is taping the interview with the G.O.P. running mates in High Point, N.C. today, and the conversation will subsequently air on the news magazine’s 7 p.m. ET broadcast tonight.

CBS had been pursuing the interview “for months,” The New York Times reported Sunday morning. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager told the times that the interview will last approximately 15 minutes, similar to other segments on the show.

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