Fox News: Surgeon General “Fat” and “Lazy,” Eats too Many “Dinner Rolls” (Video)

July 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—In a none to subtle display of sexism and underlying racism, doctor Regina M. Benjamin, the new surgeon general, is being criticized for being too “fat” and “lazy” for the position by Fox News, with ABC news jumping into the fray as well.

For the record, Dr. Benjamin is a highly accomplished physician and a MacArthur Grant genius, who also happens to be a full-figured black woman.

Alabama doctor Regina M. Benjamin, 52-years-old, was recently tapped as President Obama’s choice to become the nation’s next surgeon general. Dr. Benjamin brings to the post, years of experience as a practicing physician and as the founder and chief executive of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, set up to help the poor after Hurricane Katrina.

Besides her medical degree, Dr. Benjamin also holds an M.B.A. from Tulane University. Instead of focusing on her credentials, certain news outlets and blogs have highlighted her full figure and chubby cheeks, claiming her weight disqualifies her for the position, at a time when obesity is a growing health problem in our country.

Was C. Everett Koop, the former beefy Surgeon General under the Reagan administration, ever critized for his weight? Of course not! He was not a woman and he wasn’t African-American.

Despite the anorexic models on the covers of fashion magazines who are a size 0, the average U.S. woman weighs 162.9 pounds and wears a size 14.

In a disgusting display of sexism and ignorance, Fox News host Neil Cavuto, opened a segment on Dr. Benjamin’s weight saying, “The President’s Pick for Surgeon General is Fat.” Cavuto then introduces his guest, Michael Karolchyk, wearing a “No Chubbies” T-shirt, founder of a Denver based “Anti-Gym” that gets its members in shape for sex.

Karolchyk starts off the segment by saying, “Dr Benjamin is 50 pounds overweight, she is obese she’s a size 20.” Cavuto stopped him and suggested that Benjamin’s weight may provide her with empathy towards others who suffer from obesity.

Karolchk responds: “Would you then want the head of the Federal Reserve to be a guy in a cardboard box who lives underneath the highway because he understands the plight of poor people and he understands how to make money work?”

The discussion descends further into outright contempt towards Dr. Benjamin.

“The bottom line is it’s a symbolic position and obesity is the number one issue facing our country in terms of the health and wellness and she has shown not that she was born this way, not that she woke up one day and was obese, she has show through being lazy, and making poor food choices, that she’s obese,” said Karolchyk.

Cavuto suggested perhaps Dr. Benjamin suffered from a slow metabolism to which Karolchyk responded: “You don’t get 60 pounds overweight by all of a sudden having a slow metabolism ” “just because you eat a lot of dinner rolls doesn’t make you a roll model.”

Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain recently appeared on “The View” and responded to criticism about her weight by uttering, “I’m like, Kiss my fat ass!”

What an appropriate sentiment for the likes of Fox news, Neil Cavuto, Michael Karolchyk and others who seek to denigrate Dr. Benjamin’s accomplishments by calling her fat.


Watch the Video below:


4 Responses to “Fox News: Surgeon General “Fat” and “Lazy,” Eats too Many “Dinner Rolls” (Video)”

  1. Blythe on July 22nd, 2009 10:22 pm

    Meghan McCain? You included in your article a quote from the endlessly self-absorbed, dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks Meghan McCain? That’s funny.

  2. StewartIII on July 26th, 2009 8:49 pm

    “this issue had already been broached by left-leaning, and further advanced by ABC News. But what do Fox haters care about that?”

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  4. justin marshall on March 26th, 2010 1:01 am

    I agree that the position of surgeon general is partly symbolic and that an overweight individual might not be the best choice for that role. But the question that becomes apparent after watching this clip is Why is Fox News putting this guy, of all people, to speak on this issue? Clearly they’re not looking to initiate or propagate healthy debate. A more reputable guest would have been allowed to opine if that were the case. Instead, they put this meathead, Carolchyk, who doesn’t even make any attempts to veil his ignorance, in front of a camera. Is this just an attempt to slander the president’s administration under the guise of a blockhead making fun of a fat person? Ummm, you think? But Neil-whatever his name is- objects, so Fox isn’t in the wrong here. It’s their guest who blindsided them with his ridiculous statements (including his claim of being an eexpert’). Carolchyk is a jackass. Neil ??? is a jackass. And most of all, since the two aforementioned individuals may just be acting, anyone who watches this clip and all the others like it without being able to see its actual intention, is a jackass. Lots of jackasses-nothing new.

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