“We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there,” said Michael Stipe, in a statement posted on R.E.M.’s website.
The band sent the cease and desist through its publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanding that Fox News stop “its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song.”
Just last week, Stipe co-wrote a letter with writer-director Tom Gilroy slamming Republicans as part of the 90 Days, 90 Reasons project. “The current Republican platform seeks the opposite of democracy,” reads the letter. “It seeks to create a permanent aristocracy – an entitled gentry that has greater access to this dream than most of the rest of America.”