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More Blatant Massachusetts Electioneering For GOP On Fox News

Reported by Ellen - January 19, 2010 -

This morning, Media Matters and Think Progress caught Fox & Friends’ Gretchen Carlson urging viewers to “make a call to Massachusetts and get some people out to the polls. Well, that’s because our next guest and a friend (Fox Business’ own Stuart Varney) says that your portfolio could look much better if (Republican) Scott Brown wins Ted Kennedy’s vacant senate seat.” With video.

“So, if Scott Brown wins, our 401K’s are going to benefit?” Carlson asked.

“It’s possible,” Varney said. He said a Brown would send “an enormous message, a very powerful message to the Democrats in Congress and to the White House: … Reverse course.” Varney said that if Democrats follow that “message,” which would be sent in the run up to the 2010 elections, “Investors would love that. Your 401K could do well because of that.”

As he spoke, a banner on the screen read, “How your wallet may get a boost from MA.”

Host Brian Kilmeade purported to provide President Obama’s argument that health care reform will knock down the deficit but he was quickly slapped down by Stuart Varney who asked him, “Do you know anybody who really believes that health care reform, as it’s now being formulated, will actually bring down the deficit over the long term?”

Kilmeade lamely responded, “President Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.” He forgot to mention that the non-partisan CBO office does, too.

This comes on the heels of Fox News' Scott Brown promo disguised as a Your World promo and many other efforts on behalf of the Republican candidate in Massachusetts.