Fox's Doocy learns the hazards of not vetting guests

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In typical Fox & Friends fashion, Steve Doocy hyped the Tea Party Express's cross-country tour that is kicking off in Searchlight, Nevada this weekend, with the stated goal to "kick Harry [Reid] out of the Senate" in the November mid-term elections. Following a segment with Bernie Goldberg -- who discussed how the mainstream media "tarred the entire [Tea Party] movement" unfairly -- Doocy set out to portray the Tea Party movement as being unfairly "marginalized" and discredited. He challenged this "mainstream media biased coverage" by hosting "former 'Saturday Night Live' star" and Tea Partier Victoria Jackson.

Unfortunately, Doocy appeared to be unaware of what Jackson has been up to since she left SNL in 1992 -- you know, how she's said that Obama "bears traits that resemble the anti-Christ" and shares "so many similar qualities" with Adolf Hitler (i.e.: "Obama's current attitude toward Israel is in question. Hitler did not support Jews.").

Not surprisingly, the interview went south in record time:

DOOCY: So, are you ready to join the tea party people?

JACKSON: I am the tea party people. We're beginners at this political activism and it's all new to us and it's kind of cute 'cause we're shy, we hold up our signs like this, you know, despite what they say about us, I have never done anything like this, but we have to because the president is a Communist.

Panic! What to do, what to do? It's not like she's called Obama a Communist before on national television. How could we have seen this coming? Oh, wait, right.

Doocy did what he could to recover, though, saying that Obama "is not a Communist," and quickly tried to change the subject to how the Left has tried to "diminish" the Tea Party as something illegitimate. But Jackson just refused to play ball, explaining that she had learned about Obama's communism from Doocy's Fox News colleague Glenn Beck:

DOOCY: Now, he is not a Communist. But you just pointed out that you hold up signs and stuff like that and people make fun of you. What do you think about how some on the other political side have tried to diminish or, you know, or marginalize the Tea Party people?

JACKSON: Well, I guess they're afraid of the power of our passion and our numbers and, you know, you might not say Communist, but I watch Glenn Beck and he's taught me well. Progressive is the new word for Communist, but it's the same goal as government control of everything and it's very obvious that Obama is trying to do that. And I don't want to brag, but I sort of called it before he was elected and when I was on O'Reilly and I said he was a Communist and I got a lot of hate mail, but I got some that said I was a prescient which means "a prophet."

Doocy tried again to change the subject, but Jackson got in a final jab: "Our government is all evil right now and someone's got to do something." Doocy ended the interview with an awkward wave to Jackson. But only Doocy's facial expression can sum up this interview appropriately:

For Fox's attempt to paint the Tea Party as the epitome of credibility using Victoria "I am the Tea Party People" Jackson: epic fail before 9 AM.

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