Indeed, on the October 17 edition of Fox News' early morning show, Fox & Friends, Fox played an excerpt from the 2004 Maroon 5 hit "She Will Be Loved" from the band's album Songs About Jane. The song can be heard playing as co-host Steve Doocy teases a story about a cheerleader who fell into a swimming pool at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. As the song is playing, text on the top-left corner of the screen reads: " 'She Will Be Loved' Maroon 5." The show then went to commercial.
Rolling Stone reported today that “when reached by Rolling Stone, Levine's representative declined to comment."
Levine has previously lashed out at Fox. In August, Out Magazine reported Levine's criticism of the top-rated Fox program American Idol for allegedly talking contestant Adam Lambert out of coming out publicly during the show's run:
"What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken. C'mon. You can't be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can't hide basic components of these people's lives. The fact that The Voice didn't have any qualms about being completely open about it is a great thing."Levine called Fox "immature" in a November 2009 tweet and the "most poisonous network on earth" in August 2010. In that latter tweet, he added: "I think I need a shower."
Fox isn't the only network Levine has lambasted on Twitter. Before MTV's Video Music Awards in August, he accused the channel of caring about music only "one day a year."