Fox needs to be more careful who they bring on their shows. I’m not sure who thought bringing activist and one half of the Cheech and Chong comedy duo Tommy Chong onto Fox’s Out Numbered was a good thing for their cause, but it nevertheless resulted in an epic-smack down when Chong body-checked Fox over their “obsession” regarding Johnathan Gruber’s remarks on Obamacare.
Host Sandra Smith argued on Wednesday’s edition of Outnumbered that the videos of Jonathan Gruber attacking lawmakers for relying on the “stupidity” of voters to pass healthcare reforms were relevant because “they’re not 6- and 8-years-old to the American people.”
Chong, however, had another observation. He told Smith that “but to me, it’s just another attack on Obamacare from another angle,” and that it “sounds like Benghazi all over again.”
Co-host Andrea Tantaros disagreed. She claimed that it was an “attack on the American people for how — quote — stupid — we are.”
When reminded of attacks on the American people, Chong asked the hosts if he remembered “a guy named, what, Mitt Romney said something about 47 percent?”
Tantaros, however, wasn’t going to be dissuaded with logical points and sound comparisons that made her side look bad; she demanded that Chong “stay on topic” and asked “Is it okay to lie and get away with it?”
The unmitigated gall in that statement blows me away; it would’ve stunned me speechless, but Chong replied that “it’s called politics.”
Smith wondered aloud whether it “deserves to be asked” why he thought “Jonathan Gruber said that this administration preyed on the stupidity of the America people to pass this health care law?”
Chong answered her question:
I think you have to define what stupidity means. If you are opposing universal health care based on rumors and lies then that is a stupid way to be.
As a fun side fact, PunditFact published an analysis on Tuesday regarding the mentions of Gruber across the three major networks. Since the story broke on November 10, MSNBC has mentioned him 79 times, and CNN just 27 times.
Fox, on the other hand, has mentioned him 779 times.
You can watch Tommy Chong blast Fox below: