The Fox News Channel will go to great lengths to bash President Barack Obama. But the conservative "news" network's latest stunt represents a new low, even by Fox's abysmal standards.
The network known for its "fair and balanced" reporting-- that is, everyone gets a fair chance to slam Obama, and coverage is balanced between those who dislike the president and those who despise him-- trotted out a pair of tots on Tuesday morning's edition of "Fox and Friends" to refute the president's recent assertion that no man is an island.
Speaking in Virginia on July 13 about the government's supportive role in helping businesses prosper, Obama said:
"Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own... somebody along the line gave you some help."
Then, somewhat inexplicably, I'll admit, he added:
"If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the internet so that all the companies could make money off the internet."
"When we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together."
Republicans have been positively giddy over Obama's "you didn't build that" gaffe, taking it somewhat out of context and ignoring the rest of what the president said. Fox News, for its part, decided to take a novel approach to refute the president's claim-- children.
"Fox and Friends" host Brian Kilmeade's guests on Tuesday's show included four-year-old Eliza Sutton and her seven-year-old sister Clara, a pair of budding lemonade stand entrepreneurs who are, Fox would have us believe, proof positive that success is very much an individual endeavor.
"Who helped you start this business?" Kilmeade asked his guests.
"Our investors, who are our dad and our stepmom, along with some other friends and family," Clara answered, warning Kilmeade not to ask about their secret lemonade recipe "because it's proprietary."
Going in for the kill, Kilmeade then asks: "Clara, how do you feel about the president saying that you needed help to start this business?"
"I would say that's rude because we worked very hard to build this business," she replied.
"But we did have help," she added.
Fox's use of children to attack President Obama should come as no surprise. After all, the faux-news network's typical viewer isn't much smarter than a seven-year-old. Studies have proven that watching Fox can actually make you stupid and that Fox viewers are the most misinformed on many important issues.
Maybe that's why you can't watch Fox News in Canada-- under that country's Radio Act, "a licenser may not broadcast... any false or misleading news." Canadians joke that you can indeed catch Fox north of the border... on the Cartoon Network. Perhaps Eliza and Clara Sutton could host their own business program?
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