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Fox News Suddenly Supports Healthy Meals For Schools (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Fox News recently supported Fuel Up to Play 60, a nationwide campaign for school nutrition by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council.

"Fox & Friends" interviewed New York Giants football player Victor Cruz about the program on March 4, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).

"And now Victor is teaming up to make sure every kid in America is eating a healthy breakfast," Steve Doocy, "Fox & Friends" co-host said in his introduction for Cruz.

"I know how important you understand nutrition is for kids. You do so much for kids, and this Play 60 campaign that you're running with here is so important. Tell us about why breakfast really counts for kids?" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked.

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Fox News has repeatedly opposed nutritional school meals for children in the past.

In 2010, Fox News attacked the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a $4.5 billion school lunch program. The anchor warned, "More of your tax dollars about to get eaten up," noted Newshounds.

Hasselbeck welcomed guest Joy Pullman of the Heartland Institute on to "Fox & Friends" in 2013. Pullman attacked a new school lunch pilot program in Florida, reported MediaMatters.org.

FoxNews.com promoted a boycott in 2014 of the USDA's healthy school lunch program, endorsed by first lady Michelle Obama, because kids didn't like the menu.

In 2013, Fox News Business host Stuart Varney complained about the millions of American children from low-income families who were getting free and low-cost lunches, noted MediaMatters.org.

FoxNews.com has repeatedly pushed a viral campaign in which students take pictures of healthy lunches they don't like and add the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama.

In 2011, Doocy likened the Obama administration's promotion of healthy school lunches to the "food police," reported MediaMatters.org.

Sources: MediaMatters.org, Newshounds, FoxNews.com
Image Credit: Fox News Screenshot