On Fox & Friends this morning, Steve Doocy introduced yet another Fox "Regulation Nation" segment by declaring, “The United States is turning into a regulation nation, and President Obama has no problem with that.” Doocy then showed a clip of Obama during a September 26 town hall:
OBAMA: I will never apologize for making sure that we have regulations in place. [...] We don't want to be rewarding folks who are gaming the system or cheating consumers.
Doocy followed up the clip by asking, “Well, here's the thing, with the economy in the tank right now, should big government be ramping up or standing down?”
But take a look at what Fox & Friends omitted from Obama's comments:
OBAMA: But I will never apologize for making sure that we have regulations in place to ensure that your water is clean, that your food is safe to eat -- that the peanut butter you feed your kids is not going to be contaminated; making sure that if you take out a credit card there's some clarity about what it exactly is going to do and you're not seeing a whole bunch of hidden fees and hidden charges that you didn't anticipate. That's always been part of what makes the marketplace work, is if you have smart regulations in place, that means the people who are providing good value, good products, good services, those businesses are going to succeed. We don't want to be rewarding folks who are gaming the system or cheating consumers.
Why would Fox & Friends edit out the examples of regulations Obama says he “will never apologize for”? Maybe because those examples he noted are actually popular among Americans -- which could undermine the anti-government, regulations-are-bad narrative Fox has been driving with its “Regulation Nation” series.
In May, a Pew-commissioned poll found that 66 percent of Americans support additional funding for the FDA to carry out food safety-related responsibilities. A February ORC poll conducted for the National Resources Defense Council found that 63 percent say “the EPA needs to do more hold polluters accountable and protect the air and water.” And in April 2010, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 59 percent support “increasing federal oversight” of how financial companies “make consumer loans, such as mortgages and auto loans, and issue credit cards.”