On today’s Fox & Friends, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) got a friendly platform to promote his endangered re-election bid. Host Steve Doocy did his part for the effort by asking softball questions and helpfully bringing up information about Roberts’ opponent for Roberts to use against him.
In his introduction, Doocy said Roberts is “facing the political fight of his life.” Doocy noted that Roberts has “even called on Republican heavyweights like Mitt Romney” to help. Doocy should have named Fox News as one of the helpers, too. Ironically, the banner on the lower third soon read, “HELP FROM FRIENDS.”
Doocy’s opening question was little more a prompt for Roberts’ talking points: “What is this election about?” Doocy asked. Then he nodded along as Roberts answered.
ROBERTS: We have to stop the dictatorship in the Senate of Harry Reid. We have to get going again in the Senate. We have to act like we were for 225 years before we had a one-man rules committee by Harry Reid, and also stop the Obama agenda. So the race is pretty simple. If you vote for Pat Roberts, you’re voting for a change in the Senate, to get our country back, and if you vote for my opponent who, by the way, is not an independent, he can be as green as he wants to, but he’s not an independent, he is a liberal Democrat.
Doocy never asked for Roberts to back up his allegation that Reid is running the senate like a dictator. Nor did Doocy ask why voting to re-elect Sen. Roberts would constitute “a change in the Senate,” as Roberts put it.
Instead, Doocy added to the message by saying that he had spoken to “friends” in Kansas to prepare for the interview. Undoubtedly, they were all Republican. Doocy relayed, “They were going, ‘Well, if you look at Mr. Orman, in the past he has voted for Barack Obama, he supported him financially. But when it comes to whether or not he would caucus with the Republicans or the Democrats, he says he’s not gonna say.’ …Is that a good answer for the people of Kansas?”
“Well, not very,” Roberts answered, as if on cue. “I think the people of Kansas want somebody they can trust.”
In concert with the Republican messaging, a banner on the screen read, “ALIGNED WITH THE LEFT? Roberts ties Orman to President Obama, Reid.”
Doocy said that Orman had been invited to appear on the show but had declined. Does anyone think he would have gotten such softball questions?
Watch the lapdog interview, below.