Thursday, July 23, 2009
Is there no tactic too low for Fox News to use against the Obama administration? Their latest: "asking" whether President Obama's surgeon general nominee is too fat for the job. This "question" is not only currently on the front page of Fox Nation (you know, the website that brags about its civility, diversity, tolerance and fairness), it was also discussed on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday (7/21/09). Adding to the "fair and balanced" milieu, the sole guest wore a tee shirt that blared "NO CHUBBIES" across the front of it. The nominee, Regina Benjamin, is clearly not grossly obese, so one can only assume that Fox is raising the "question" as little more than an excuse for another sensationalized smear. With video.
Neil Cavuto treated the accusation as a light-hearted amusement, rather than a smear. He opened his discussion by saying, "Brilliant, dedicated, experienced and – Oh, yeah, fat. The president's pick for Surgeon General is fat. Not a lot fat, but enough fat for my next guest to say, 'Fat chance Dr. Regina Benjamin should even be considered Surgeon General.'"
"Bottom line is Dr. Benjamin is 50 pounds overweight," Mr. No Chubbies, Michael Karolchyk, declared, apparently on the basis of viewing her public pictures.
Cavuto disputed that figure as the B-roll footage helpfully showed Dr. Benjamin from the side, so that viewers could judge for themselves.
No Chubbies assured Cavuto he had the experience to know how overweight Benjamin really is and then added 10 pounds to his estimate. "She's a size 20," he also insisted.
To his credit, Cavuto defended Benjamin, saying that even if No Chubbies were right, "She'd "still make a darned good Surgeon General." Cavuto suggested she might have more empathy (yes, he used that word) for the obesity epidemic."
No Chubbies countered with the ridiculous hypothetical about whether Cavuto would want the head of the Federal Reserve to be a homeless person so that he could empathize with the plight of poor people. "Would you want Michael Jackson's doctor to be in charge of drug control at the DEA?"...(Remainder.)