Fox News Killed My Mother! – RedState

“Fox News killed my mother!”

Tracy Knauss, a leftist brick-thrower, made this claim several years back on his Facebook page. I was reminded of Knauss’ claim last week while I watched Brain Stelter’s head nearly explode over Fox’s 25ThAnniversary. Mr. Knauss has a substantial Facebook following and his claim was picked up by talk show host Stephanie Miller as well as the popular leftist blog “Crooks and Liars”. According to them:

“Don’t write this woman off as some ignorant back-country hick. She clearly wasn’t. At one point, she was the owner of a business. She was a keen observer of politics and events in the news. Or at least she did so as it appeared to her. Like most of her neighbors she voted Republican. But until Fox News came along, Republicans weren’t stupid. They had different philosophies about government and its role, but they weren’t blatantly invested in advancing a lie-based ideology until Fox News came along.

It isn’t hyperbole to say Fox News killed her. She fell and feared the doctor would kill her…When are they going to be held accountable for this?”

If true, it’s awful. But it wasn’t true.

After his mother died, Knauss authored her obituary, adding the line: “dyed in the wool Republican” ostensibly to set up his Facebook post where he claimed his mom was killed by Fox News.  His post included a photo of a coffin with “Fox News” photoshopped across the side. His Facebook fans were crazy. They demanded that Fox News be prosecuted as a murderer.

Knauss claimed that his 84-year-old mom had fallen and refused a doctor’s care because his mother feared a doctor would steal her information. Knauss claimed that his mom had fallen and refused to see a doctor because she feared her information would be stolen. She died 10 days later. One would assume, based on Knauss’s homicide claim, that his mom suffered a very bad fall and had died, in bed due to her injuries. But she didn’t die in bed. She didn’t die of her injuries or because she had fallen. Fox didn’t kill her. While sitting in her bathroom, the 84-year old suffered a severe heart attack. I requested a copy of the coroner’s report, the official cause of death was arteriosclerotic heart disease.

It also included a body examination. Examiner noted that the upper dentures were missing, as well as severe decay in the lower teeth and very few front teeth. I don’t recall Fox News telling anyone not to go to a dentist.  Also, she had some minor healing cuts and kyphosis. Her forehead and nose were covered in small, enviable scabs.

Two areas of bruises were found by the coroner. One was in her left arm, with soft tissue edema of approximately two to three inches. The other was near her right wrist. Do you think she took a tumble 10 or more days ago? It’s possible. Maybe.

Her husband, the coroner stated that she was found dead at her throne. A massive heart attack was the cause of her death.

Exploiting your own mother’s death to gain “Fox is Evil” clicks is disgusting. Your mom was supposedly killed because Fox instructed her not to accept medical treatment after she fell. In fact, your mother died from a heart attack while using a toilet. This is just the lowest political point you could make.

But don’t expect the left to let up. Many people are willing to take this step.

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