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  • Dana Perino's Three-Minute Flip-Flop On Early Election Indicators

    Blog ››› ››› SIMON MALOY

    On this afternoon's episode of Fox News' The Five, panelist Dana Perino turned in a high-speed flip-flop on early indicators of electoral strength, declaring that "if the election were held today, the Republicans would win back the Senate," and three minutes later dismissing President Obama's lead in the most recent presidential poll by saying: "It's July of 2010 [sic]!"

    After Democratic strategist Bob Beckel introduced the segment on the Republicans' comparatively anemic presidential fundraising, Perino offered this observation: "I would say that on the senatorial side, if the election were held today, the Republicans would win back the Senate. They are up 43 percent than they were before."

    Three minutes later, after Beckel cited Obama's advantage over all the leading Republican presidential contenders in the latest Quinnipiac poll, Perino interjected: "It's July of 2010!"

  • The Five Downplays Childhood Obesity Epidemic

    Blog ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

    Earlier this week, Fox News continued its transition from Glenn Beck with The Five, a show that debuted with a litany of sexist stereotypes. On Tuesday, the show gave co-host Greg Gutfeld a platform to dismiss concerns that childhood obesity was an epidemic and to instead compare it to bad breath.

    After discussing Michelle Obama's recent trip to the Shake Shack, Gutfeld called the First Lady "our nation's anti-obesity leader," and went on to dismiss the widespread problem of childhood obesity:

    But health experts agree that childhood obesity is a severe health crisis in America. A 2007 working group report by the National Institutes of Health stated that childhood obesity had "reached epidemic proportions" in America; according to the Centers for Disease Control, "childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years." The CDC also outlined how dangerous obesity is to the health of children, both immediately and continuing into their adulthood:

    • Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.5
    • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.3,6
    • Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6
  • Fox Debuts The Five With Litany Of Sexist Stereotypes

    ››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

    Fox News' The Five, launched as a "new weekday program" to fill the time slot previously held by Glenn Beck, debuted with a barrage of sexist stereotypes, including comparing government spending to spendthrift wives, discussing whether Sarah Palin could be elected "based just on her hotness," and asking a female panelist whether she was "looking for a sugar daddy."

  • Fox News Will Replace Beck With Ensemble Opinion Program "Through Summer"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Fox News announced today that it "will launch a new weekday program" called The Five in Glenn Beck's 5pm ET slot starting on July 11. The new opinion show will air "during the summer" and "feature a roundtable ensemble of five rotating FOX personalities who will discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day." From Fox News' press release:

    Some of the revolving FOX personalities to be showcased in the weekly ensemble include: Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle. The program will also feature added guests, including politicians, celebrities, sports figures and key newsmakers.

    The New York Times' Brian Stelter writes that the show is a "temporary replacement." Glenn Beck's last original Fox News program will air today. Fox News "will run encore presentations of Glenn Beck from Monday, July 4th through Friday, July 8th" and a John Stossel special tomorrow.

    More on several of the participants in The Five: