Fox News Reducto Ad Absurdum: Maternity Patients Over 65 Will Be Forced to Change OB-GYNs Because of Obamacare

In the segment of Fox and Friends in this video, while Fox Business News anchor Stuart Varney is in the middle of delivering carefully constructed misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, his anti-Obama talking point is stepped on by Fox’s newest spokesmodel, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who inadvertently reduces Varney’s lie to the absurd.

First, the lie:

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Military Expert Says He Warned a Fox Producer That He Believed the Network Was Hyping the Benghazi Attacks Before He Said It Live on the Air

A Fox News segment producer is likely out of a job today. This producer greenlighted military affairs expert Tom Ricks appearance on Fox’s air yesterday despite having been warned by Ricks that he was going to disparage Fox’s relentless politicizing of the attacks last September on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which the U.S. ambassador and three presumed CIA operatives — officially described as “security contractors” — were killed.

According to right-leaning Politico.com:

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Did Fox Mean to Deceive with ‘Palm Tree Lie’ – Or Were O’Reilly’s Producers Just Being Sloppy?

Palm trees in Wisconsin?
Palm trees in Wisconsin?

Have the protests in Wisconsin turned violent? On legitimate news outlets, the crowds appear to be quite peaceful. But coverage on Fox relentlessly promotes the idea that outside agitators and union thugs are fomenting unrest. Fox’s Mike Tobin even claimed to have been assaulted as he was reporting live from the scene — but video taken by bystanders appears to show he was lying.

On the Factor yesterday, as Bill O’Reilly and Tobin discussed the protests, the Factor’s producers ran B-roll of unruly protesters hurling epithets that appeared to prove there was trouble in the streets in Wisconsin. Big problem: The backdrop of the incident was not snowy, frigid Madison but a street lined with California palms.

Now the question is, did Fox intentionally deceive or were O’Reilly’s producers just being sloppy?

We report. You decide.

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