Remember Heather Childers? She’s the Fox News host who sent a tweet asking for “thoughts” as to whether or not the Obama campaign threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton in order to keep Bill and Hillary Clinton from spilling the beans about then-candidate Barack Obama’s birth certificate. It’s bad enough that she still has any job at a cable news outfit. But how on earth can Fox justify her co-hosting America's News HQ, which is supposed to be one of their “objective” news shows? Even worse, part of that work involves moderating discussions about President Obama’s campaign.
Yesterday, for example, Childers hosted a discussion about the election. I suppose we should be glad she didn’t ask why the Romney campaign hasn’t questioned the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate. Still, her bias was evident enough when she wondered if the Republicans were sending their message “strongly enough.”
Guest KT McFarland, a Republican, spoke about how “a ton of bricks” would hit every American on January 1st, with tax hikes “through the roof” and “Obama Care” kicking in. She said, “So your health care costs, if you even have a health care plan after your company decides to trash your own plan – that’s going to go up 20-30%. So I think (Republican Congressman Paul) Ryan is absolutely right to say it is a monumental decision who controls the House.”
It’s hard to know what McFarland was basing her health care costs on but fact-checking reports from both PolitiFact and the Washington Post at the very least cast some doubt on McFarland’s claims. Rather than challenge anything she said, Childers responded, “And do we think that what Paul Ryan is saying now, we will hear more of? Because you just laid it out very simply and I think that, you know, – perhaps an average American doesn’t understand what you just said, perhaps because Republicans aren’t, you know, sending the message strongly enough.”
OK, I admit that's run-of-the-mill Fox News bias - the kind they like to call "fair and balanced." And it's not as if Childers used the words "White Hizzy" or "Big Mama's House" to describe the Obama White House or publicly questioned President Obama's birth certificate on the air. Oh, that's right, that's already happened on Fox. But you have to ask the question, just what anti-Obama sentiments - if any - would be too extreme to disqualify someone from the job of "objective" news host?
2+2, dude… 2+2.