Fox News calls, then cancels a hospital tax discussion

Just got off the phone with Senate Democratic Leader Robert Brown of Macon, who led Thursday’s opposition to the $216 million hospital bed tax. The Senate passed it on a largely partisan vote of 31-15.

Brown said he received an e-mail today from a Fox News producer working with Neal Cavuto.

“They wanted to do a live interview with me at 4 this afternoon. But they wanted to have a Republican on the other side. And they wanted to talk about the sick tax,” said Brown, using his term for the 1.45 percent levy.

A little later, Fox News called Brown back and canceled. “They couldn’t find a Republican who would agree to do it, to defend their vote,” Brown said.

Republicans are saying that Fox quickly gave up (after less than an hour of looking) because they realized that their chances of landing anyone — for or against the measure — were pretty small on a Good Friday afternoon.

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6 comments Add your comment


April 2nd, 2010
3:46 pm

What a load of crap.

They had no problem finding people to give interviews, the only problem they had was televising a Republican explaining that big tax cuts cause budget shortfalls. That is not something the republican communication committee (sorry, Fox News) is about to air.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 2nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Fox News Network — always providing the news they think you should see, along with the opinion they think you should have about it.


April 2nd, 2010
5:09 pm

That’s lame. They found Robert Brown on Friday morning. He was against the measure but he was available on Friday afternoon. Cowards.


April 3rd, 2010
2:32 pm

Try writing a decent article ! ” The Senate passed it on a largely partisan vote of 31-15.” but you do not say which party voted which way…Hmmmm ? Time for a refresher course, don’t you think ?


April 4th, 2010
3:45 pm

zipapea, this is blog. pay attention to previous threads.

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