Fox News: Surgeon General Too Fat

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In what has to be among Fox News’ all-time lowlights, Neil Cavuto had a segment a short while ago on whether the new surgeon general nominee, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, is “too fat” for the post. Seriously. In support of this argument, they had on as a guest some guy wearing a “No Chubbies” T-shirt. Again, I’m serious. Watch.

Late Update: It’s not just Fox. ABC has a straight news story about Benjamin’s weight. I don’t remember C. Everett Koop being svelte. But then he wasn’t black or a woman.

Later Update: The Fox guest is quite a character. His name is Michael Karolchyk, and he runs an outfit in Denver called the Anti-Gym (NSFW), a fitness club with an emphasis on getting clients in shape for sex: “With live DJs, cage dancers, and our elite co-ed Ravish Room, Anti-Gym boasts the hottest facilities and clientele in Denver.”Six Pack Abs Update: What is the Ravish Room, you ask?

The Ravish Room turns out to be a sauna that admits only members who have reached a sufficiently low body mass index, but you also have to be screened to so much as join his gym, where motivational techniques include having cupcakes hurled at you on the treadmill …

(Thanks to TPM Reader LP for the link.)

Buns of Steel Update: Looks like Fox screens its guests well. The Anti-Gym was raided by the IRS in January, its assets seized and shut down, according to the CBS affiliate in Denver. But it’s website is still all pulsating hotness. So maybe it’s back in business. Any TPM hardbodies in Denver who know the current status?

(Thanks to TPM Reader WS for the link.)

Flee West Young Man Update: Karolchyk was planning to decamp to California, the Denver Post reported earlier this year.

Cavuto Self-Loathing Update: Karolchyk is a repeat guest on Cavuto’s show. Not to point fingers, but as Cavuto himself admits, he’s no lightweight. Maybe having Karolchyk on is Neil’s way of getting cupcakes thrown at himself while on the treadmill.

(Thanks to TPM Reader TM for the links.)

So Late It’s The Next Day Update: The definitive Michael Karolchyk profile.

(Thanks to TPM Reader LH for the link.)

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