Obamacare: it’s a major government program that attempts to bring a system to the patchy, unwieldy and expensive American healthcare system. There is a lot to debate and understand about Obamacare. And you will find none of that on Fox News. Oh, you’ll find lots of shouting about Obamacare (that’s been a lot of what Fox News has done since 2010), but the time and effort required to pick out the commentary that is both substantial and valid yields a brutally low return on investment. Take this recent segment from Sean Hannity’s show (above).
Hannity was recently called out for interviewing people about how much Obamacare was hurting them, all of whom turned out to be lying. In the above segment, Austan Goolsbee, calls out Hannity for building his case against Obamacare with fake guests:
“People already in Medicare—that is not Obamacare. That is unrelated. That is a different program. [crosstalk] “Sean you have people on the show that said they were dropping coverage because Obamacare was going to increase their [crosstalk] and they got fact-checked and it wasn’t accurate!”
Hannity starts to reply at the word “increase” (before the term “fact checked”) because he knows what’s coming:
“And the President had 13 people behind him touting Obamacare, and three were signed up!”
Hannity is a propaganda peddler and he knows it. If he didn’t know it, he would have let Goolsbee finish his sentence, and his defense wouldn’t be to attack Obama for doing the same thing.
Finding guests who will say what Fox News wants to hear, regardless of the truth, is something Fox News does all the time. Here’s another example (video below): before the 2012 election, Fox News wanted to interview a college graduate who supported Obama, then switched to Romney. It wouldn’t have taken much to figure out that the guy they were interviewing was still in college, and couldn’t have voted in 2008, but Fox News doesn’t seem to care about fact-checking if their guests are reinforcing the Republican line.