R.E.M. Demands Snakelike Fox News Stop Playing ‘Losing My Religion’

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Musician Michael Stipe attends the Patrick Ervell Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Milk Studios on September 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
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Michael Stipe and company have kindly requested that Fox News cease and desist from its clever use of R.E.M.'s hit song "Losing My Religion" in coverage of the Democratic National Convention. "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage," said Stipe in a statement, referring colorfully to the cable news network as either a poisonous viper or mutant super-villain. "Our music does not belong there." Paul Ryan would like to suggest "Stairway to Heaven."