A Salt With A Deadly Weapon: Fox News’ Misinformation Death Panel

Sep 26 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

On Fox and Friends today, Fox News continued their war on their own audience’s health by claiming that salt is not really bad for you.

Here is the video and transcript via Media Matters:

BRIAN KILMEADE (co-host): I know you know the war on terror is going on, and you’ve accepted that. Can you accept the war on salt? It’s official.

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[T]here is an official war on salt, despite recent studies that show that salt really isn’t that bad for you.

CARLSON: So the FDA has opened up now a formal inquiry into salt reduction, so what is that going to mean? Will we now see that you can’t eat salt in your own home, potentially? I mean, you know, they’ve already done that with smoking, et cetera. Not really sure. The interesting thing is, some people are actually told to eat more salt — like me. Eat more salt, your blood pressure is too low. So, you know, you can’t really just apply this across the board for everyone.

KILMEADE: Right. Well, there’s a new study that shows, they did a study, and they showed — studied people over long term, 3,700 people. They showed over time, cardiovascular death rate was highest among those with less salt. Can you please put that in before we start a war on salt?

DOOCY: So the thing is, the science is not settled, and yet, the government has a bee in their bonnet. They want us to stop eating so much salt and sugar and stuff like that. The food police are rearing their head now that they have called for public comments on how to achieve salt reduction across the country. Goodie.

Ah yes, the old food police line. This is a Fox News fav. Under the disguise of conservatism, here are some of the things that Fox News has reported on involving the food police:

The “Food Police” are after Ronald McDonald:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Glenn Beck claiming that eating French fries will get you sent to prison:

Here is Sean Hannity claiming that people are going to be fined for eating salt:

Fox News has the oldest average age of any network on television. The average Fox News viewer is 65 years old. According to the CDC, “Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt, and the vast majority of sodium we consume is in processed and restaurant foods. Too much sodium is bad for your health. It can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the first and third killers of men and women in the United States each year.”

The study
that Kilmeade referenced challenged the link between salt and heart disease, but what he didn’t tell the audience was that the researchers conceded that their results might have been skewed by the fact that their study was done on young white, Europeans, who don’t eat as much salt as Americans, and the impact of salt consumption was only measured for a 24 hour period. Fox News managed to leave that little detail out. What we do know is that reducing the amount of salt a person consumes has been proven to reduce the number of heart attacks, strokes, and deaths.

In short too much salt is bad for you, so why is Fox News urging their elderly audience that is especially vulnerable to heart disease to eat more salt? FNC’s food police tactic is designed to do one thing. Scare older Americans into believing that Barack Obama and the Democrats are out to take away or criminalize everything they like.

Is Grandma going to vote Democrat if she believes that salting her eggs could land her in the big house? I think not.

FNC is the news network of choice in doctors’ offices around the country, but are these doctors aware of the fact that their patients are getting advice that contradicts their own right there in their waiting room?

Fox News doesn’t care if they wreck the health of their older viewers through a constant flow of bad and misleading information. Fox News has managed to set up their own death panel.

If you really want to get your older friends, neighbors, and loved ones to stop watching Fox News, tell them that watching Fox will kill them. If they want to die, turn on Bill O’Reilly.

Watching Fox News isn’t only bad for your mind. Following their dietary advice could be fatal to your health.

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