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Fox News anchor Heather Childers sparked a controversy on Tuesday afternoon, by suggesting on Twitter that President Obama’s campaign threatened to murder Chelsea Clinton in order to keep her parents silent on the question of Obama’s citizenship.

Seriously.

As Media Matters for America first reported, Childers — who is the host of “America’s News Headquarters” and co-host of “Fox & Friends First” — tweeted “Thoughts? Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton’s Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?”


(via Media Matters)

Childers’ tweet linked to a blog post from the website Godfather Politics, which suggests — among other feverish conspiracy theories — that former President Bill Clinton planned to reveal that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen, until someone from the Obama campaign threatened to murder his daughter if he spoke out. The post also speculates that the Obama campaign was behind the murder of Bill Gwatney, the former Chair of the Democratic Party of Arkansas.

When confronted about the Clinton article on Twitter, Childers stressed that she was merely asking for thoughts on the post, and apologized to anyone “offended.” She also claimed that she and her colleagues at Fox News “present both sides but people see what they want.”

Her tweets have since been deleted, and Fox News Senior Vice President Michael Clemente explained in a statement to Mediaite that “the tweets have been addressed with Heather and she understands this was a mistake.”

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

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