On October 2, a number of government agencies and programs stopped functioning. The dispute between the Republican Party and President Obama-led Democrat Party over funding and implementation of the Affordable Care Act eventually led to a government shutdown that cost around $1.6 billion last week in lost economic output, according to IHS Inc.
Apparently Fox News’ conservative anchors, reporters, correspondents etc do not think that it’s a big deal. Their coverage has been extremely aggressive with Obamacare while completely ignoring the Republicans’ role in bringing down the nation’s economy over a law they simply do not like.
The Guardian on Wednesday slammed Fox News coverage of the government shutdown.
“You haven’t witnessed the truly crazy until you turn on Fox News or browse the right-wing websites,” wrote Ana Marie Cox, lead blogger on US politics for the British newspaper.
Let’s have a look on the five most annoying bits of Fox reporting on Obamacare and the government shutdown:
1- Government ‘Slimdown’
Just on its second day, Fox News billed the shutdown as more of a ‘slimdown,’ a comment which was severely criticized by many. CNN Carol Costello responded to the right-wing channel citing around 800,000 people going home without paychecks was certainly not a ‘slimdown.’
2- “Obama Funding Muslim Museums”
This was particularly embarrassing for Fox.
Anna Kooiman, co-host of ‘Fox and Friends’ reported this week that Barack Obama was using his personal wealth to fund the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. The only problem with her “news” was that it came from a satire site called ‘The National Report.’
Kooiman apologized later on her Twitter account.
3- “I Am Beginning To Enjoy It”
This was by far the most insensitive shutdown/Obamacare comment by a Fox contributor. About 200 cancer patients were not able to enroll in treatment programs in the first week of the shutdown and Laura Ingraham told her audience on Tuesday that she was actually “enjoying the shutdown.”
4- Sean Hannity "This Doesn't Impact Me Mentally"
Sean Hannity was quick to state that the government shutdown couldn’t possibly affect him, probably because he was getting his paycheck.
He told former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, “Maybe I'm just one of the few people... this just doesn't impact me mentally.”
5- 4:1 conservative to liberal Megyn Kelly Panel:
On Monday, Fox News Megyn Kelly invited a panel of analysts on her show to discuss Obama’s handling of the shutdown. The guest hosts were mostly her conservative colleagues who, of course, had nothing good to say about the U.S. President’s policies.