Harris Faulkner didn’t just moderate a debate about strategies for reaching out to working voters, she made sure to insert pro-Romney and anti-Obama talking points into the discussion. But she didn’t stop there. She went so far as to note one of the “quite successful” tactics of Romney’s father’s presidential campaign (while displaying a pro-Romney campaign poster) and asking her pro-Romney guest, “Is this something that might work for Mitt Romney?”
Faulkner’s bias was shockingly blatant all the way through. She began by asking her Democratic guest, Julie Roginski, “What is Mitt Romney’s strategy” for reaching out to the working class?” Funny, how she never seemed much interested in President Obama’s strategy.
Roginski noted that Romney “came up very short” with working class voters the last time he competed with Obama in Ohio.
Faulkner made a point of “balancing” Roginski’s remarks by adding, “President Obama doesn’t fare well with this class, either. He lost in the primary to Hillary Clinton, by large margin, the working class vote, and then to John McCain in 2008.”
No such balance was needed with her other guest, Romney-supporter Hadley Heath, of the Independent Women’s Forum. Faulkner didn’t just have Romney talking points to chip in, she had an outright suggestion for the campaign. She stopped Heath in order to “pop something up on the screen” and add,
“I don’t know if a lot of people know that Mitt Romney ‘s Dad, his father, George Romney, ran for president back in 1968. And in fact, one of the things he’s remembered for doing, which was quite successful, was going around to 17 cities’ urban areas (Faulkner spoke with excited enthusiasm) and reaching out to the working class and shaking hands, unscripted, with real people. Is this something that might work for Mitt Romney?”
As Faulkner spoke, a graphic, presumably from that 1968 race, showed on the screen, reading, “Romney Great for ’68.”
Heath didn’t have an answer as to whether that would work for Mitt, but said that working people are disillusioned and that if Romney offered “real change,” to working people, “then he may be their man.”
Back to Roginski, Faulkner posted comments from a Romney press release “written kind of like an open letter to the President.”
“President, forgive me for being blunt but when it comes to economic affairs, you’re out of your depth… I’ve learned or two about how government policies can stifle job creation and I have a plan to get government out of the way.”
Roginski had a great comeback, that Romney certainly knows about that because when he was governor, Massachusetts was “dead last” in job creation. As she elaborated, by saying that Romney is out of touch with working people, Faulkner interrupted and said, “I’m gonna stop you there. You’re repeating yourself a little bit.”
1968???? Gee….I’m pretty sure I was drafted that year. Lotta good even THAT Romney did me!
Heath didnât have an answer as to whether that would work for Mitt . . .*
Sure it would — if it was 1868.
I keep wondering when Fox will apply for 527 tax-exempt status as a political organization . . .