Fox News host Heather Childers failed to disclose her employer's financial ties to NASCAR and controversies over the National Rifle Association's sponsorship of a NASCAR race during an interview with NASCAR chairman Brian France.
On the April 15 edition of America Live, France responded to allegations made by driver Brad Keselowski that he was unfairly targeted by NASCAR officials because of incidents leading up to the April 14 NRA 500 race. After France denied Keselowski's allegations, Childers allowed him to talk about NASCAR's Going Green initiative.
Childers failed to mention, however, that Fox Sports -- like Fox News, a division of News Corp. -- has a multibillion-dollar contract with NASCAR to televise races. Last year, Fox and NASCAR extended their contract to 2022. Fox will pay NASCAR a total of $1.76 billion to NASCAR under the terms of the current contract, which expires in 2014, and will pay an additional $2.4 billion under the eight-year extension. France stated regarding the extension:
NASCAR has been in very good hands and has enjoyed tremendous success the last 12 years in large part because of our fantastic partnership with Fox and Fox Sports Media Group.
Fox News misleadingly claimed the hamburger chain Five Guys planned to raise prices as a result of President Obama's health care law, though only one franchise owner has announced plans to raise prices at his eight restaurants and Five Guys has publicly stated he does not represent the company.
Fox & Friends First host Heather Childers claimed "Five Guys says it is going to have to raise prices on its famous food to cover the added cost" of the health care law. The following image aired during the segment:
The Washington Examiner reported an individual franchise holder, Mike Ruffer, planned to raise prices at his eight outlets in one North Carolina area in order to meet the requirement of the new law that all of his full-time employees have access to health insurance.
The Huffington Post contacted Five Guys about Ruffer's announcement and received a response from the restaurant chain's public relations director Molly Catalano that Ruffer is an independent business owner and "does not represent Five Guys on this or any other subject matter."
Fox News covered up President Obama's willingness to compromise in the ongoing deficit negotiations, suggesting that he has put "nothing on the table" with regard to spending cuts. In fact, Obama has offered a proposal to Congress that includes $400 billion in savings to social insurance programs.
From the April 8 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:
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UPDATE: In a statement to Mediaite, Fox News senior vice president for news Michael Clemente said, "The tweets have been addressed with Heather and she understands this was a mistake."
Heather Childers, a "straight news" anchor for the Fox News weekend program America's News Headquarters and co-host of Fox & Friends First, tweeted this afternoon: "Thoughts? Did Obama Campaign Threaten Chelsea Clinton's Life 2 Keep Parents Silent?" and linked to a blog post pushing a conspiracy involving the Obama campaign murdering, or threatening to murder, individuals to keep quiet questions about Obama's eligibility.
From Childers' Twitter:
Childers tweeted a post from godfatherpolitics.com by "da Tagliare," who asks in the title, "Did Barack Obama Campaign Threaten Life of Chelsea Clinton to Keep Parents Silent on Obama's Ineligibility?" The post passes on suggestions from film producer Bettina Viviano about Obama associates threatening individuals to hide secrets about Obama's eligibility. The post also forwards suggestions that the Obama campaign was involved in the murder of former head of the Arkansas Democratic Party, Bill Gwatney; threatened President Clinton; and "told him that his daughter Chelsea would be next if he opened his mouth."
Godfatherpolitics.com has declared that President Obama's birth certificate is a "fraud." Recent posts on the subject include: "World Media Picking Up Obama Birth Certificate Fraud While America's Media Remains Silent"; "Mr. President - Put Up or Shut Up!"; and "Alabama Supreme Court Justice Says Barack Obama Birth Certificate Would Not Stand Up in Court."
In response to a critical tweet from Media Matters executive vice president Ari Rabin-Havt, Childers wrote: "I know Media Matters strives 2b FACTUALLY correct so attach the article plz. I was asking 4 opinion." She did not respond to an email asking why she thought the blog post was noteworthy, and whether she thought it made any valid points. When I tweeted to Childers that I sent her a request for comment via email, Childers replied with the same tweet she sent to Rabin-Havt.
Childers has since deleted her tweets responding to Media Matters staff. A screenshot of Childers' Twitter timeline, taken at 2:34pm E.T.:
From the November 18 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:
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The July 20 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom included a segment on recent recommendations from the Institute of Medicine that listed eight categories of women's health care, including contraceptives, that should be classified as preventive services and therefore available under the health care reform law without co-pays or cost-sharing.
Not surprisingly, Fox's Heather Childers framed the story as being about whether the government should be involved in women's reproductive health.
But the segment took a particularly vicious and personal tone when Fox News contributor and vice president of Family-PAC Federal, Sandy Rios, attacked IOM recommendation supporter Dr. Cathleen London, calling her "a disgrace to our gender."
Rios criticized London as "a true feminist who makes no sense" and continued to display her own anti-woman agenda by proposing to "let women stop having irresponsible sex. ... Let's stop making excuses and providing a way to get women out of trouble when they should be responsible in their behavior."
Childers also jumped in agreed with Rios that it's "not too much to ask for everyone to stop having irresponsible sex."