Fox & Friends wants you to know that heaven is a very real place - the final destination for all conservative Christians while all others will take a dive into the lake of fire. But, on occasion, some very good Christians die and make the return journey to their loved ones and, of course, Fox News where the good Christian hosts credulously soak up every moment of the round trip heavenly voyage. In 2012, Gretchen Carlson interviewed celestial traveler, Dr. Eben Alexander, whose journey was recounted in the book which he was pimping. But since his travels, some have said that he is full of pious baloney. But not to worry, Fox & Friends has his back and that's why, this morning, Alexander made an encore appearance on the curvy couch where he set the record straight, defended his old book, and pimped his new one.
At the beginning of the patented Fox & Friends "To Heaven and Back" segment, Doocy reported that Alexander was "a man of science who didn't buy into spirituality until he died and went to heaven and came back." (Notice that Doocy phrases the backstory as fact and not something alleged or claimed by Alexander.) Doocy informed us that Alexander's book, "Proof of Heaven," is OMG being criticized by evil skeptics. Doocy read a quote from an Esquire article in which the ER doctor, who treated Alexander, said that he put Alexander in a medically induced coma. Doocy referenced Alexander's new book "Map of Heaven."
Doocy said that he didn't realize that Esquire has asserted that Alexander's story is fabricated. Alexander responded that "they were trying to deflect from the true nature of the story and show that it was a drug induced coma when I was actually in coma from the get-go at home." The chyron: "Is Heaven a Scam? Dr. Alexander Reacts to Being Called a Liar." Doocy enthusiastically described how, in Alexander's new book, he discusses all the people he met, during his earthly travels, who also took the round-trip to heaven. The chyron: "Hallucinating Heaven, Mag: ER Claims Alexander in Unnatural Coma."
Alexander spoke his new book which is a history of belief in the after-life. The chyron stated, as FOX FACT, that the book "Shows How Science and Religion Prove After-life." As Doocy summarized Alexander's heaven, the chyron reinforced the after-life as a scientific fact: "Spiritual Awakening , Exploring the Science of Divine Encounters." Alexander described his heaven as being about "spirit" although he mentioned that he linked up with a guardian angel who was the birth sister he never met.
Doocy reinforced the narrative: "You experienced your soul." He added that, according to Alexander, you see a person's soul through their eyes. (Like when George W Bush saw Putin's soul?) Alexander said that his book was, ahem, "about the science and how science and spirituality are coming together."
What you didn't learn on Fox & Friends: When Alexander went to heaven, he faced a $3 million malpractice suit which was only one of five other malpractice suits. In promoting the first book, he said that he was a neurosurgeon, although he hadn't practiced it neurosurgery or even surgery in the five years preceding the book. Esquire also reports that one of the malpractice suits involved botched surgery after which Alexander changed the records to make it look like it was done correctly. And despite Doocy's validation of Alexander's heavenly experience, a Scientific American author said that Alexander's evidence is "proof of hallucination, not heaven."
PT Barnum could have been describing Fox & Friends when he opined on the birthrate of suckers!