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WATCH: Fox News Tries To Revive Former Employee Scott Brown’s Struggling Campaign

WATCH: Fox News Tries To Revive Former Employee Scott Brown’s Struggling Campaign

New Hampshire voters may be down on Scott Brown, but the Republican Senate candidate still has at least one set of dedicated fans: His former colleagues at Fox News.

On Friday, the conservative news network aired a special report — “Live Free or Die: Obamacare in New Hampshire” — which examined the Affordable Care Act’s impact on the Granite State. It may not stun you to learn that Fox’s verdict was largely negative.

But apparently, at least one person is benefiting from the law: Brown, who is using his opposition to Obamacare as a centerpiece of his Senate campaign against incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

As this video, captured by Media Matters, demonstrates, the Fox report may as well have been a campaign ad for Brown.

“Polls show Obamacare scoring poorly in New Hampshire, as it does elsewhere. It could be a liability for one-term Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen, whose vote ensured the bill would become law,” the report’s narrator Bret Baier says, parroting a common Republican talking point that PolitiFact has rated “mostly false.”

The report then pivots to describing how Brown “shocked the country” by winning Massachusetts’ special election for Senate in 2010, when “his campaign was widely seen as a referendum on Obamacare.”

“Despite his victory, the Affordable Care Act was passed through unusual legislative maneuvers, soon after Brown arrived in Washington,” it continues, over an image of Harry Reid kissing Nancy Pelosi on the cheek. “Which may be why he’s back on the campaign trail — this time, in New Hampshire.”

Or it could be because Brown was blown out by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in his 2012 re-election campaign — an episode that Fox News left unmentioned. He then declined to enter another tough contest in his home state, instead targeting a seat in its more moderate neighbor. And although Warren consistently stressed her outspoken support for the Affordable Care Act — and attacked Brown for his promise to repeal it — that election apparently doesn’t count as a referendum on the law.

The report then shifts to an interview with Brown himself.

“I want to run to be the 51st senator to repeal Obamacare, because as they rammed it through Congress, we can actually do it the same way and repeal it, and then go back and develop a plan that works for the states.” Brown tells Baier.

Instead of asking how Brown hopes to round up the 66 senators he’ll need to override President Obama’s inevitable veto of a bill to repeal his own signature achievement, or why he hasn’t detailed “a plan that works for the states” at any point over the past four years, Baier moves on to a credulous examination of Brown’s chances of using the issue to boot Shaheen from office.

“New Hampshire is just part of a nationwide trend,” the report says. “It’s possible that the 2014 Senate elections will be seen as yet another referendum on the Affordable Care Act.”

It’s more likely that the 2014 Senate election in New Hampshire will be a referendum on Brown. Although most polls show Shaheen’s approval rating stuck in the low 40s, she still holds a commanding lead over her Republican opponent; according to The Huffington Post’s poll average, Shaheen is currently up by 8 percent.

Brown’s attempts to discuss health care on the campaign trail have not gone as well as his interviews with Fox; among other lowlights, he awkwardly discovered that Obamacare has helped some Republicans, and hid in a bathroom rather than answer questions about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

This is far from the first time that Fox News has tried to give an assist to Brown, who made $136,000 as a paid contributor to the network in between Senate campaigns. For months, Fox hosts openly promoted Brown as a potential candidate for Senate — or even president — while he was still technically their co-worker.

The admiration is apparently mutual; during a July 31 interview on Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, Brown said that his time at the network “really charged me up” to run for Senate.

Photo: ario via Flickr

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39 Responses to WATCH: Fox News Tries To Revive Former Employee Scott Brown’s Struggling Campaign

    • The people at Fox News are actually true patriots. The piece on healthcare was quite well done. It’s obvious that those here who are attacking them never saw it.

      • Yes, that’s why they rely on made-up “facts” and other outright lies when simply slanting things doesn’t work.

  1. Although Mr. Brown is just as cute as a bug’s ear there is no way New Hampshire would be stupid enough to actually vote him into office no matter how much money Fox throws him.

  2. So Brown ran out of Massachusetts to hide in a New Hampshire bathroom while his buddies across the country fled the kitchen when the questioning got too hot. The fascist lie machine is broken and the people are on to the fact that these fools have no answers much less a plan.

    • Where I live in western PA, the letters to the editor in our right wing newspaper skew heavily in favor of Fox News messaging. Some even come out and say that they only watch Fox News, as it tells the “truth.” Liberals used to fight back, but it does not one bit of good. I only hope the Democrats come out to vote.

      • I hope so too.Those Fox viewers ignore owner Rupert Murdoch’s insistence that Fox is not a news channel but rather exists for entertainment.How often do we see those who take the spewings of Beck and Limbaugh as “Gospel Truth”? Sadly,trying to enlighten those who are convinced is much like trying to bore your way through a stone wall with a tooth pick.One does get tired after a while.While I continue to believe that our vote is a powerful weapon,I also am concerned that another election could be stolen and hope that there are enough safeguards to prevent such reoccurance
        I know that there are many who would disagree with me,but given all the issues that must be addressed to move our country forward,and all the big money and gop/t efforts to roadblock any and all progress,I fail to see how,given specific intolerable circumstances,violence to save our country and its Democratic Republic form of government could be avoided.
        I sincerely hope that it never comes to that but I do believe that a stolen election would be the spark that starts the fire.

        • Just spent a year in red China, reading the China Daily a lot. It is openly known as the communist party’s news rag, and everyone knows what slant it will take on any given topic. Most people over there take everything is prints with a large grain of salt.
          That being said, I found China Daily to be light years ahead of faux news in every way. Much more truthful and insightful. China daily has a credibility problem around the world, and they work to overcome it with a relatively straightforward presentation, given who it is they represent.
          So it seems that fox news is nowhere near as fair and balanced as an openly communist news source. A sad fact indeed. Faux news saddens and disgusts me.

          • I understand your disgust completely.I wonder if the difference we see between China Daily and Fox is the same difference that exists between communists and fascists. If I take your statement as fact ( I DO ),then it is clear that the Chinese communist is more heavily invested in truth than the Fox fascist though I’m also quite sure that they too are capable of a lie when it suits their purpose.
            I would go one step further and suggest that the Chinese people overall are a good deal sharper than our American so-called conservative dullards.

          • I’d like to think so Sandy,but I think there are times when it is a matter of degrees evidenced by those who are constant fence sitters and refuse to come down on one side or the other of various issues.
            People like that can often be as much an inpediment as the opposition.Perhaps I am a radical but I often find people who claim to favor Democratic principles,whose stance on certain issues is much softer than I would expect.But then again we have those elected persons who are so obviously Democrat in name only.That is a type of dishonesty I find particularly offensive and I do not regard as sharp.

        • The safeguards in play must be pretty good because romney is not in the white house. I bet he was so sure of his win because he knew the fix was in.

          • I remember how surprised both Romney and his team were that they didn’t win.I never connected that surprise with any nefarious acts to steal the election as much as Mitts overriding arrogance.It was all a dog and pony show on Mitts part as he never wanted to be president anyway.That was all the proof we needed to show that votes trump money but I still don’t doubt that the Greedy Old Pigs would pull a fast one if they thought they could get away with it.

      • Democrat definition of “truth” – a statement supported by physical evidence, eye witness testimony, or prevailing scientific scrutiny.
        Republican definition of “truth” – any statement which supports my current suspicion, superstition, helps me con others into my suspicion or superstition, or puts money into my pocket.

        • That’s funny because that is what they all say about Liberals! Who is right? Time will tell!! I hope facts win out!!

        • As I’ve said before…..the Republicans function using lies and fear to get their points across. Unfortunately, too many people believe them!

  3. People in New Hampshire need to ask themselves what did Scott Brown achieve in Mass. that attracts them to vote for him and benefit as well?

    • How could anyone think he will represent New Hampshire when he fled Massachusetts? His goal is clearly power, not representing the voices and people of New Hampshire.

  4. Perhaps it is time we pivoted from discussing the Second Amendment to a frank discussion of the First. What Fox does is destructive to the democratic process and to our republic. At some point, they flirt dangerously with treason. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are not unlimited.

    Yes, that discussion scares me too…

    • They clearly are not involved,much less interested in responsible news journalism.That is why they make good use of the claim that they are entertainment rather than news.That is their protection against prosecution,but even that must have its limitations.
      The problem would be proving that their broadcasts provoke violence even when they claim as entertainers, that it was unintended.If not treason,then surely an element of knowingly willful negligence exists and could be pursued. There is more than one way to skin that fox.

      • Much as I hate fox and the rest of the right-wing noise machine, I can’t agree that their actions are treasonous, and I’m sure there are far worse abuses by other media (in my opinion, mostly on the right). However infuriating it may be to see the distortions and lies, I can’t quite get to trying to prosecute them unless they’ve done a lot more and a lot worse than I’m aware of.

        • That is why I made the exception.Considering especially how Fox has itself protected from prosecution for making spurious comments,it would seem to be easier to prosecute them for negligence than to prosecute them for treason.
          That being said,I am in full agreement with you that they are often outrageous enough to piss off the Pope.I would celebrate their disappearance from the airways.

    • I just wish they would realize that, yes, there is free speech but there are consequences for speaking freely!! Hatred, bigorty,etc. will not be tolerated! We must vote!!

      • Their consequences are all that matter to them – increased profits for Fox and for the companies that sponsor and support them.

        When open information and knowledge is vital to a functioning democracy, it is perhaps not the best idea to rely on for-profit ventures to provide that information.

        • Unfortunately,even the three major news networks often are slanted in their coverage.CBS is a prime example and I continue to be amazed at Charlie Rose’s presence when his demeanor is so noticeably different on his own show.I often watch the Bill Moyers Report for fresh and honest perspectives and as far as written news journalism is concerned,I have found both the Washington Spectator and Mother Jones to provide stories and info that you definitely will not get from major network news.
          After watching Meet The Press for a few years,I noticed how often they give the Republican point of view compared to that of Democrats.

          • Yeah, and don’t you get sick of seeing McCain on Face the Nation? He’s on so often….they ought to replace Schiffer with McCain (ugh…the thought disgusts me).

          • Outside of my local news and weather,along with the Sunday Morning program,I do not watch CBS anymore except for sports.There was a time when McCain was considered a moderate republican which made him a little more palatable,but nowadays he is just a fool who is overdue to go home.

  5. Massachusetts has been celebrating Scott Browns move to New Hampshire with great enthusiasm. Having been a resident of both states at different times, I can’t believe that my native state of New Hampshire will adopt this Massachusetts cast off regardless of what FAUX news says or doses.

    • I hope so too Bill.I also used to live in Massachusetts.Correct me if I’m wrong but I have had the impression that New Hampshire is predominately Republican and conservative.Care to enlighten me?

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