Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Federally funded Medical Center censors Fox News

I imagine the only thing worse than being forced to watch CNN inside an airport terminal is being forced to watch it in a doctor’s office.

So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a Michigan health care facility, funded by federal tax dollars, blocked Fox News Channel from its waiting room television sets.

The president of Family Health Care directed staff to block Fox News after a board member complained about our network’s coverage of the Affordable Care Act, an employee told me.

“The board member complained that patients were turning the channel to Fox News,” said the employee who asked not to be identified for reasons related to the unemployment line. “They are pro-ObamaCare and they felt (Fox’s) stance did not mesh with our stance.”

Family Health Care is a private, non-profit business that operates community health centers in five Michigan towns. According to the employee, the health centers have ObamaCare facilitators on site to help people apply for the program.

The employee provided me a copy of an internal office memorandum that confirms the home of “Fair & Balanced” news is blocked.

“A while ago Kathy Sather had asked all sites not to air the Fox News channel on the public waiting room TV’s,” wrote a network manager in an email to staff members on Feb. 4. “Today I blocked the channel on both the medical and dental waiting rooms.”

Sather is president of Family Health Care.

“I did check with staff and they mentioned often the visitors are changing channels on the TV’s,” the network manager wrote. “I now have both TV’s blocking that channel, so the public won’t be able to change the station. If anyone asks for the TV to be put on that channel please let them know we cannot air that channel.”

That edict didn’t set well with the employee who contacted me.

“I feel like we are being manipulated,” the employee said. “Who are they to say you can’t watch something? If the patient wants to put on Fox they should be able to put on Fox.”

Back in Michigan, the employee told me Sather’s explanation is a bunch of “baloney.”

The employee said that there were no complaints from patients – only a board member of the organization.

“It’s all very politically correct,” the employee said. “This complaint thing is baloney. They don’t want anyone to get the idea that affordable care is not good.”

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another "Fair and Balanced" article by Todd Starnes, a known lier. See evidence of this on Right Wing Watch (rightwingwatch.org). But of course you won't because, "Facts are Stupid Things".

Dean said...

1:20 - What evidence? I went to Right Wing Watch and found none.

stinky said...


Ah, Anon 1:20, shooting the messenger in a story about shooting the messenger, are we? The best irony is always the clueless kind.

(Now you respond with an adolescent insult in an attempt to hide your lack of riposte. Go ahead, we'll wait.)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I do not insult morons.

Anonymous said...

10:48
That was a rather poor attempt at insult.

stinky said...


Sorry, I do not insult morons.

Perfect! Thx for playing.

Anonymous said...

Another thread hijacked! Mission accomplished. You jerks never learn.

stinky said...



Another thread hijacked! Mission accomplished. You jerks never learn.

Dear Transparent Troll,

We see right thru you. LOL.

-- Everyone Else

/Gonna watch the Olympics now. This is too easy.

Anonymous said...

Lefty censorship in action.

Anonymous said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2561677/The-devil-cut-The-Bible-spin-film-looks-like-President-Obama.html

Anonymous said...

Ex-wife for sale. Take over payments.

Anonymous said...

Q. How many conservatives does it take to change a light bulb?

A. None. They would rather remain in the dark.

Anonymous said...

Q: How many leftists does it take to tell a joke?

A: Leftists can tell jokes?

stinky said...


Yes, they can. All of them end with "That's not funny!"

Anonymous said...

libs certainly hate freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

stinky said...


Cuz they're not really libs; they're fascists who appropriated their opponent's name in the hopes of fooling a few people.

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