CNN, Fox News, Biden Trade Blows Over Ex-VP’s Health, Age

Fox News “crosses the line” on Joe Biden, Says CNN; How big an issue is Biden’s health? 

Chris Cillizza, Mon June 10, 2019

OPINION – Washington (CNN) For anyone who watches Fox News Channel, it’s not at all surprising that its anchors and hosts (with few notable exceptions) talk up President Donald Trump while knocking down the Democrats running against him in 2020.

While that position puts Fox somewhere in the grey area between journalism and activism, it’s not exactly new. [A valid point, one which also seems to perfectly describe much of CNN’s overage from the other end of the political spectrum. – Ed.]

There are ratings in partisanship — so Fox News engages in partisanship. [Again, same as CNN. – Ed.]

But even partisanship should have its limits. And one of those limits should be raising entirely unfounded questions about a presidential candidate’s health.

Which is exactly what two Fox News personalities — Kennedy and Sean Hannity — have done, according to this terrific piece by the Daily Beast Justin Baragona:

“Since the end of May, Fox Business Network and Fox News star Lisa ‘Kennedy’ Montgomery and Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity have speculated on-air, on at least four separate occasions, that the current Democratic presidential frontrunner is secretly dealing with health issues, often comparing his condition to illness-related conspiracy theories the network pushed about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.”

Kennedy claimed that conversations among Democratic opposition-researchers all center on “you know there is something wrong with the former vice president.” She offered no proof for this claim.

Hannity, Fox’s biggest star, said this: “Joe Biden’s tired, He does not have the energy for this. He’s not up for this challenge. They’re already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don’t want him out there.” Read more. 

Fox News Stars Begin Pushing Rumors About Joe Biden’s Health

Justin Baragona, June 10, 2019

The Daily Beast – One month after Joe Biden announced his run for president, several Fox News stars have already begun quietly pushing rumors that the 76-year-old ex-veep is in poor health.

Since the end of May, Fox Business Network and Fox News star Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Fox News prime-time host Sean Hannity have speculated on-air, on at least four separate occasions, that the current Democratic presidential frontrunner is secretly dealing with health issues, often comparing his condition to illness-related conspiracy theories the network pushed about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

The Biden rumor-mongering seemingly began May 29, during the broadcast of Fox News’ afternoon gabfest The Five. While assessing Biden’s candidacy, Kennedy claimed to know Democratic operatives engaged in a whisper campaign about Biden’s health.

“He is much more like Hillary Clinton, because if you talk to Democrats, who are working for different campaigns, all of the aggressive gossip whisperers—and this is where the action is happening in terms of opposition research—it’s people having a few drinks at a bar and whispering, ‘You know there is something wrong with the former vice president,’” she claimed. “But that’s what they are actively doing right now. And it is surprising because they are concerned with taking Biden down and getting their candidate out there.”

Co-host Jesse Watters, an avid Trump booster, pressed Kennedy to elaborate. “Don’t do it,” co-host Greg Gutfeld joked to Kennedy, acknowledging the danger in openly speculating about Biden being sick … Read more. 

Joe Biden’s Team Slams Fox News For Spreading ‘Baseless Lies’ About His Health 

By Christina Zhao, June 10, 2019

Newsweek – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign team fired back at Fox News personalities this week for spreading “baseless lies” about the Democratic candidate’s health.

In recent weeks, Fox Business Network’s Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity have speculated that the 76-year-old Democratic candidate was secretly addressing health issues during several on-air segments, according to The Daily Beast. The question of Biden’s health was reportedly first raised by Kennedy during a broadcast of FNC’s The Five on May 29.

“He is much more like Hillary Clinton, because if you talk to Democrats, who are working for different campaigns, all of the aggressive gossip whisperers — and this is where the action is happening in terms of opposition research — it’s people having a few drinks at a bar and whispering, ‘You know there is something wrong with the former vice president,'” she said. “But that’s what they are actively doing right now. And it is surprising because they are concerned with taking Biden down and getting their candidate out there.”

Kennedy suggested — in another segment last week — that Biden’s campaign employees should keep the former vice president “off a main stage” as he says “stupids things and he slurs.” Biden also “does look very tired,” she added. Source. 

What Fox News Actually Said 

  • “Bill Maher says Biden candidacy worries him: ‘Joe doesn’t look good'” – Fox News headline, June 1, 2019 

“I do worry, I do worry,” Maher said about Biden. “Like I’ve said about age, it’s individual. Some people look pretty good … Joe doesn’t look good. He looks like he’s on a coin.” Source. 

  • “Joe Biden’s mind ‘totally in the clear’ despite 1988 aneurysm, his brain surgeon says” – Fox News headline, April 26, 2019 

“Joe Biden’s brain surgeon said his former patient is “totally in the clear” as speculation over the candidate’s health — with Biden possibly becoming the oldest president in U.S. history — is likely to become a campaign issue.

“The former vice president, who had been perceived by many as the strongest potential contender for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, formally announced his candidacy Thursday.

“But Biden’s age – 76 – is expected to become a source of attacks from a younger generation of Democrats not because of obvious generational differences, but possibly for actual health concerns if Biden gets into office. Source. 

  • ‘You know there is something wrong with the former vice president,’

“He is much more like Hillary Clinton, because if you talk to Democrats, who are working for different campaigns, all of the aggressive gossip whisperers—and this is where the action is happening in terms of opposition research—it’s people having a few drinks at a bar and whispering, ‘You know there is something wrong with the former vice president.’” – Attributed to Lisa ‘Kennedy’ Montgomery by the Daily Beast; FoxNews.com did not consider the quote by ‘Kennedy’ significant enough to publish on its site. Source. 

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