"Welcome back, we're talking this morning about Obamacare, but since it's Halloween, let's call it 'Obamascare.'"
—Fox News Channel morning show "Fox and Friends" host Steve Doocy, welcoming the audience back following a commercial break.
Why it stinks: By itself, Doocy's silly comment wouldn't be so bad. But the off-the-cuff comment was the most blatant of a series of attacks and false characterizations the national news network has rolled out against the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature legislation that, when fully implemented, should provide health insurance to million of previously uninsured Americans.
As CNN pointed out this week: "Not surprisingly, such partisan back-and-forth has generated persistent myths about Obamacare that foment confusion, if not outright ignorance, about the reforms. In other cases, both sides try to quickly exploit newer issues."
Doocy has authored two books that appeared on The New York Times best-seller list, and doesn't have to worry about affording health insurance, unlike the millions who will benefit once they are covered under the president's new healthcare law.