In its desperation to slime anything and anybody connected to Pres. Obama, Fox News has targeted his wife for her role in facilitating passage of legislation that is aimed at ensuring healthy school lunches. She was even attacked as a "health czar" by Fox "news' guy Bret Baier. But students, in some schools, are objecting to school lunches which, they believe, are not adequate and, thus, leaving them hungry later in the day. So naturally, these kids who are speaking right wing truth to right wing power find a sympathetic ear from those on Fox & Friends who praise these kids as the 21st Century version of Freedom Riders. I'm sure MLK, Jr. would be so pleased to know that today's Fox & Friends guest is urging a one day boycott of school lunches as part of a nationwide student movement to, as expressed on Fox & Friends, fight the food police and starvation!
Doocy began with the now standard Fox meme about bad school lunches and starving students: "It's no secret that students across the country are fed up with school lunch restrictions." As he showed a photo of a Styrofoam meal container with what looked like ham, crackers, and a piece of cauliflower, he said "if you thought that meals like this were bad, it's about to get even worse." His voice cracked with amusement as he said, "one school rationing condiments, you know the mayo, barbecue." The chyron set the message: "Federal Food Fight, Students Boycott Lack of Food at Lunch Time." He introduced his guest, Meghan Hellrood, a senior at a Wisconsin high school. The opening "food police" graphic consisted of several nutritious (just kidding) foods (corn, donut, french fries, and soda) superimposed on a police blotter. The images of the food remained in the lower right hand corner for the entire piece.
Doocy's first question launched the agitprop: "How do you like Michelle Obama's healthy lunch menu that the federal government is mandating." (Doocy either doesn't know or isn't admitting that the legislation mandating more nutritious school lunches was passed by a bi-partisan congress.) As video of Michelle Obama, eating with school kids, was shown, Meghan Hollrood said that she and her pals aren't very happy. She did note that things would be better if they had more healthy options instead of just calorie restricted meals. The chyron: "Cafeteria Complaints, WI High School Kids Boycotting Fed Guidelines."
Doocy said that he understood that it was all about calories because "once upon a time you had the little chicken fingers [So Nutritious!] and there used to be five or six" but, alas, now you get only two or three. He shouted "they even started cracking down on condiments." When Hellrood said that students are only allowed one packet, Doocy sighed as he said "oh, my goodness." Using a dramatic arm motion, he informed us that the kids are "fed up, no pun intended" and asked her what the students will be doing on November 13th. The chyron advanced the Fox meme that poor American students are starving: "Hunger Pains, Students Say Too Many Restrictions on Food."
Hellrood said that students, on that day, will pack a bag lunch as a protest that they're not pleased about the regulations and maybe the school will notice. Doocy, with a big grin, said "you're absolutely right." In advancing the narrative that because of evil Michelle Obama Americans kids are just wasting away, Doocy said that he read that the kids at Hellrood's school are hungry even after eating the school lunches and he "just can't imagine how the football players feel." Hellrood agreed.
In response to Doocy's question of what should be done, she said that she wants this "to go to Washington" so that politicians will know that the kids are upset. Just to make sure that the audience knows that this is all the fault of bad regulations, the chyron read "Regulation Nation , Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act Enacted in 2010." When she said that there needs to be a change, Doocy responded "you can only hope."
Funny, when Colorado students were protesting a right wing revisionist history curriculum, Fox & Friends was not happy. But this kid, and others like her, are, for Fox & Friends the vanguard of the new civil rights. I do hope that these starving students keep their eye on the prize for they shall overcome some day?