What passes for news these days…

I am amazed at what comes out of the mouths of news commentators sometimes. I guess I should not be amazed that there is an audience for it. Check out this video in which Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow calls Michelle Obama fat and hypocritical for advocating fitness and healthy eating:

 Politico reports that, after receiving some criticism for his remarks, Ablow responded in part with:

“I’m not taking food advice from an American who dislikes America, who in many photographs during her tenure as first lady is obviously not fit, and who has a record of saying things that show that she’s two-faced,” Ablow said Wednesday. “This should be obvious; I don’t know why it isn’t.”

Not exactly the height of political discourse in this country when those with whom one disagrees is fat, hypocritical, and hates America. Sounds more like the playground. I know that Fox News is playing to an audience. With the popularity of trashy reality TV programs, it is scary that news programming is similarly playing to our basest instincts. Not long from now the calls to “get out the vote” and “make your voices heard” will ring out in a new round of elections. Some voices will distinctly be heard to say “Michelle Obama has too much junk in her trunk!” to loud and thunderous applause.

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