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Fox & Friends Interviews "Hate Group Member" About NIH Grants To China

Reported by Priscilla - August 5, 2011 -

As the mouthpiece for the Christian right, Fox & Friends never wastes an opportunity to provide free publicity for whatever "outrage" is outraging this Fox demographic. The latest thing to get these folks riled up is the $90M National Institutes for Health grant which was given to China for research on a variety of things including HIV/AIDS research.. So it wasn't a surprise to see Fox & Friends interview the woman who is crusading against this money going to "red China." Yesterday's piece was predictable and not very noteworthy. But what was noteworthy was the guest, Andrea Lafferty, who is President of the "Traditional Values Coalition," a homophobic organization that has been designated as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center." Her father, Lou Sheldon, is the founder and chairman of the group which also promotes the anti-Islamic "creeping Sharia" right wing paranoia. He has said that "gay activism is the very face of evil." But as these are the kind of "traditional" "family values" that are supported by Fox "News," you didn't get any of this information on a show that always anxious to point out evil liberal connections (read George Soros) of any non conservative whom they're trashing.

Gretchen Carlson flashed her biggest smile at and gushed over her guest. Gretch, Dave Briggs, and Lafferty asked why we should be giving money to China when they have lots of it. The message framing chyron and the information in their background "report" focused on the "bizarre" aspects of the grant such as study of acupuncture. Lafferty whined about how prostitutes will be studied. (The grant is doing study of HIV/AIDS). The friends and Lafferty agreed that they're not against "science" (right, just things like evolution and global warming) but giving money to China is just so - so - awful.

But let's talk a bit about their guest. Ms. Lafferty. She was last heard pushing for the elimination of funding of Planned Parenthood an whining about the overturn of DADT. She has complained that the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was bad because it would prevent schools from discriminating against trans-gender teachers. She also noted, with regard to passing ENDA, that "Um, men that want to rub their bodies up and down women. That's on the list, that might become a protected class. Fecal matter. Their involvement with fecal matter. Or urine. Transvestism. The list goes on, I'm not naming all of them. Children. Animals. And so we really need to draw a line in the sand."

Comment: Gotta love those "traditional values." Fox "News" obviously does!


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