"The more these things are made public, the more the American people run like hell from them," Media Research Center President Brent Bozell told the hosts of "Fox & Friends", referring to an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that shows Democratic health care proposals will balloon in costs over their implementation. [audio available here]
Indeed, as the Washington Post reported this morning, the latest polling data from Washington Post/ABC News shows that President Obama's approval rating on the health care issue "has dropped below the 50 percent threshold for the first time."
"Here's something else that isn't being reported. The entire health care debate is predicated on the premise that we're having a crisis," Bozell added, referring to new polling data by Zogby International showing that "84 percent of Americans are satisfied or very satisfied with their present health care." What's more, "46 percent without insurance are satisfied, they don't want it, for whatever reason. So there is no crisis."
In addition to media coverage of the health care debate, the NewsBusters publisher also appeared in a second segment of the July 20 "Fox & Friends" to discuss the labor union card check issue, as well as to announce the MRC's new tongue-in-cheek request for a federal bailout:
STEVE DOOCY, co-host "Fox & Friends":Brent,card check now dead?! What happened?
BRENT BOZELL, MRC President: It looks like it's dead, simply because again, as we were saying before the break, the more you look at this kind of legislation, the more you see how radical it is.
BOZELL: It would have taken away the individual's right to decide whether or not he wanted to participate in a union. Now, you've got them trying to push in this mandatory federal arbitration. Meaning what? Meaning that when it comes time to negotiate a contract, the unions can take out the emory boards and just do their nails and wait for the federal government to intervene to arbitrate this. And they know that they're going to get a good deal from the federal government, because it's their people in the federal government. So that's the end of America being able to set wages for their own employees. I mean, this is serious stuff that's going on. This is socialism.
BOZELL: And by the way, I have an announcement. A quick announcement, please. The Media Research Center - the Minority Broadcasters of America have officially asked for a bailout, so the Media Research Center has also asked for a bailout today. We're asking the Secretary of Treasury, who's traveling somewhere, to take a minute and look at our request for $1.18 billion, which we think is a good number.