As part of the network’s day-long promotion of the anti-Obama tea parties, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson interviewed three tea party organizers on Fox and Friends this morning. In an attempt to push back against criticism that corporate lobbyists were helping to orchestrate the so-called grassroots movement, Carlson asked Kellen Guida, the organizer of the New York City tea party, to answer the claim that the protests are “a right-wing conspiracy. “All you can do is laugh to that,” replied Guida. Watch it:
But Carlson and Guida’s defense was undermined by the on-screen chyron that flashed while Carlson asked her question, which directed viewers interested in the Bergen County, NJ tea party to the website of Newt Gingrich’s corporate-funded think tank, American Solutions for Winning the Future:
Gingrich’s organization is distributing a “Toolkit” full of tea party talking points and has been an official “partner” in the tea party effort since at least March. Gingrich himself will be speaking at the New York City tea party, of which Guida is a co-organizer.
CARLSON: Although Kellen, there’s also been sort of the — at least on the blogs — that possibly this is a right-wing conspiracy. How do you answer that?
GUIDA: Yeah, I’ve heard that and all you can do is laugh to that. You know, they propose that big orgs, billionaires are funding this. I can tell you from my wallet itself they’re not.
CARLSON: But you raised a whole heck of a lot of money.
GUIDA: We did actually.
CARLSON: In a very short period of time.
GUIDA: yeah, we had a donor, we had a bunch of donors and one of them kind of backed out at the last minute. We raised $4,000 to cover it between 10 pm and 11 pm yesterday, which was tremendous effort on everyone in New York City.