‘Fox & Friends’ suggests House stenographer targeted for bringing ‘message from God’

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:20 EDT
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck with Fox & Friends co-hosts
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The host of Fox & Friends on Thursday hinted that a stenographer who interrupted a House vote on reopening the government by yelling about God and “Freemasons” was the victim of religious discrimination and she simply “saw something that didn’t seem right.”

During a Wednesday night vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to reopen the federal government after being shut down for more than 16 days, Dianne Reidy was forcibly escorted away from the Speaker’s podium after screaming that the “greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God, it never was.”

“The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons, they go against God,” she said.

But on Thursday, Fox News host Steve Doocy selected an email from a viewer — who claimed to be a minister — to explain Reidy’s actions.

“It was not a mental episode, what she was doing was known as an exercise of the gifts of the spirit where she brought a warning and a message from God regarding the activity,” Doocy said the minister had written.

A second email complained: “Amazingly, this religious and obviously sweet lady gets fed up and speaks her mind, something we all have tried to do. She brings up our dear Lord and she gets a mental evaluation? I think it should be the other way around.”

Doocy noted that the email went on to suggest a list of other people who were more deserving of a mental evaluation.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade, however, was the voice of reason, saying, “She got by the Speaker’s chair and started screaming in the middle of a vote. You do have pull her away.”

“Well, sure,” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck replied. “We’ve had incidents in the past which certainly require some security measures to be taken and we’re thankful for those.”

“But who knows, maybe she just saw something that didn’t seem right and mounting frustration and tensions brought it out of her.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Oct. 17, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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