"You would normally think that in something like this, the Surgeon General would be in charge, but right now at this point oddly, the United States of America does not have a Surgeon General. His nomination is tied up in politics."
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Fox personalities repeatedly worked to cast doubt on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination, questioning his strong qualifications and smearing him as "too political" for the job. In March, network host Brian Kilmeade alleged that Murthy "hasn't done much in his career yet," and argued that "you want to be impressed with" a Surgeon General nominee's resume. [...] In addition to questioning Murthy's qualifications, Fox has also worked to baselessly politicize Murthy's position that gun violence should be considered a public health issue. Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck falsely claimed that Murthy views gun ownership as a "disease" and forwarded claims that he has "a radical agenda when it comes to guns and your health." Network legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. suggested Murthy would make the examining room about "about party registration or about gun registration," and Fox host Megyn Kelly claimed that Murthy is "not a big fan of the Second Amendment," and said he is "so anti-gun that the NRA has decided to score this vote."