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Fox & Friends Anchor Perpetuates Myth That Michael J. Fox Was Acting

By Payson Schwin on October 25, 2006 at 2:54 pm

"Fox & Friends Anchor Perpetuates Myth That Michael J. Fox Was Acting"

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On Monday, Rush Limbaugh accused actor Michael J. Fox of “exaggerating the effects” of Parkinson’s disease in advertisements supporting stem cell research. “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act,” Limbaugh said.

This morning, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade continued the attack, implying that Michael J. Fox may have been acting because he “looked great” on “Boston Legal” — the ABC show in which Fox guest-starred. “I mean,” Kilmeade added, “I know they cut it different and edit it different, but he looked fantastic.” Watch it:

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Transcript:

MANCOW: Hey guys, what you think about this Michael J. Fox thing? I mean, you can’t win. You can’t win attacking that guy. It’s like Cindy Sheehan, her son died. I hate this stuff. You can’t win. Michael J. Fox on TV, he wins. Don’t you agree?

GRETCHEN: Yeah, you know. It’s so tough to watch that commercial and I just think you’re better off not touching the whole thing.

BRIAN: But, that’s an easy way out. You’re talking about – you’re talking about stem cell research. That’s a heated debate, it’s an intellectual debate. And I also think that Michael J. Fox —

MANCOW: You don’t have to vote for his candidate.

BRIAN: Right. Michael J. Fox on “Boston Common” (sic) looked great. I mean, I know they cut it different and edit it different, but he looked fantastic.

MANCOW: I talked to William Shatner about it —

GRETCHEN: Yeah, but there’s no doubt he’s seriously ill.

MANCOW: You’re talking about “Boston Legal,” he was fine.

BRIAN: “Boston Legal,” yeah.

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