HELPING PROVE THE CASE…. I’m sure he’ll be doing lots of hard-hitting journalism during the event.

This doesn’t seem like great timing, given Fox News’ efforts to convince the world that it’s a legit news outlet.

John Stossel, who is described by Fox News as a journalist, is appearing at a series of rallies against the health care reform proposals with Americans for Prosperity, one of the most determined and well-funded foes of reform. […]

Yes, Stossel is an on-air personality. But at a time when Fox is embroiled in a high-profile battle with the White House over its legitimacy as a news outlet, it seems less than helpful for one of its proudly touted journalists to participate in an event decrying Obama’s health care reform proposals as “government-forced health care.”

Just to clarify, Stossel isn’t going to cover the events; he’s going to participate in the events.

So, last month, we had a Fox News employee rallying a right-wing crowd from behind a camera, and this month we’ll have a Fox News employee rallying a right-wing crowd from in front of a camera.

Just another independent news outlet with high professional, journalistic standards. Why would anyone think otherwise?

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.