Fox Lashes Health Pick as as 'Too Fat to Serve'
By Jason Farago, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 4:22 AM CDT
Dr. Regina Benjamin in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala.   (AP Photo/The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bill Starling)

(Newser) – Fox News ripped into President Obama's choice for surgeon general yesterday for being too fat for the job. "Enough fat for my next guest to say 'fat chance' for Dr. Regina Benjamin to even be considered," said host Neil Cavuto. The guest? Not a public health expert or even a politician, but a Denver gym owner wearing a "No Chubbies" T-shirt, notes Talking Points Memo.

"Would you want the head of the Fed Reserve to be a guy in a cardboard box?" asked gym rat Michael Karolchyk, who berates the "obese" Benjamin for "being lazy and making poor food choices." Talking Points Memo notes that Cauto's gym, notorious for cage dancers and a co-ed sauna, was raided by the IRS and shut down earlier this year. The blog also notes: "I don't remember C. Everett Koop being svelte. But then he wasn't black or a woman."

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Jul 25, 2009 12:46 PM CDT
Has anyone thought of this as a chance to get the country on board to support programs that promote getting healthier? Perhaps the public spotlight and her new job as a decently compensated adminsitration official will result in the sort of income and time schedule that will allow her to make needed dietary changes and adopt an exercise regimen that will result in weight loss? If that were to happen she could become a great example for all Americans. One of the few things I liked about Mike Huckabee was his history of losing weight and getting in shape while doing his job as Arkansas governor. Has anyone but me noticed that he seems to be putting on the pounds these days? Go Dr. Benjamin !!!
Jul 22, 2009 12:55 PM CDT
This woman has done so many wonderful things for her patients. Things that people on FOX would never understand - like taking goods instead of money for her services. A doctor who could have been making six figures, helped her patients for free. FOX is full of soulless bastards. And when was the last time anyone used the Surgeon General as a role model for what their weight should be?
Jul 22, 2009 11:55 AM CDT
Fox's anchors like Kilmeade is still wondering if she can do a good job in a country thats not racially pure