During the “objective” America’s News HQ show yesterday, co-host Bill Hemmer worked a smarmy, snarky swipe at ObamaCare into a discussion about whether or not “senior administration officials” were truthful in saying that there will be no more major changes to the Affordable Care Act in the next few years. Actually, Hemmer worked it in twice.
The “liars or not?” premise of the debate was already plenty suggestive of an anti-Democratic slant. And it’s not as though Hemmer didn’t further get the point across in his introductory “question” about the announcement. He said, in the most sneering of tones, “But should we believe that after all the changes since the health care law was rolled out?”
Still, that was not enough anti-ObamaCare scorn for Hemmer. When it was time for Democrat Rob Leser to speak on the issue, Hemmer “asked,” “Is this the Affordable Care Act or is this Gumby?” Hemmer’s voice dripped with sarcasm. Just in case you couldn’t guess what he wanted you to think.
Apparently, Hemmer liked his mocking comment so much, he repeated it after Leser finished speaking; “ACA or Gumby? …For the record, Steve.”
Yeah, for the record, Bill.
So is Fox News lying when it calls this an objective news show? Or do gratuitous swipes at the Obama administration from a host not count as opinion on Fox?
I report, you decide.
If Hemmer thought he was being clever (something that doesn’t work for him, incidentally), he’s sadly deluded. Then again, that pretty much describes everyone working for FoxNoise.