Archive for December, 2009

Pajama Fox & Friends

December 13, 2009

Fox & Friends co-host Alisyn Camerota and her co-hosts, Dave Briggs and Clayton Morris, donned pj’s for a good cause this morning. In fact, Aly and Dave went the extra mile and brought their respective children to further help Geraldo Rivera pals, Chas. Komar (Prez & CEO of Komar, the largest American producer of pajamas) and his wife Liz, raise money for juvenile diabetes. Since Clayton has none, he did not need to travel that road.

As Komar explained that the company was donating the entire proceeds of 40,000 pairs of pj’s, the five darling children stole the show. Aly’s three kids were four-year-old twin daughters, Francesca and Alessandra, and two-year-old son Nathaniel, and Dave’s two were four-year-old Emerson and two-year-old William. While the other children sat mainly mute in the laps of adults, Dave’s Emerson hammed it up for the cameras (as her dad said) while Aly’s spitting image Francesca playfully stuck her tongue out.

A very sweet segment for a wonderful purpose!

P.S. For those interested in contributing to this fight against juvenile diabetes, go to http://www.pjsforthecure.org or link here.

*Fox & Friends Weekend (12/13/09) – @9:53 a.m. ET

F&FW’s “Low-Rent” Weather

December 13, 2009

Fox and Friends Weekend meteorologist Rick Reichmuth? Out! His regular replacement Domenica Davis? Here yesterday, gone today! Next-in-line Janice Dean? Upstairs! Need more info? Shut up and watch! That seemed to be the message that F&FW producers and co-hosts sent their faithful viewers this morning.

As Janice Dean inexplicably read her weather report from “upstairs” (according to F&FW co-anchor Clayton Morris), fans could be forgiven for thinking that their program had gone “low-rent.” Four times Janice gave the audience the weather as she was ensconced who-knows-where: viewers might as well have gone to http://www.weather.com for that type of report. To make matters wore, Janice (not to mention, F&FW co-hosts Clayton Morris, Dave Briggs, and Alisyn Camerota) gave no explanation for Domenica’s complete absence nor her own virtual one.

Crazy!

Coulter Scratches McCain

December 12, 2009

Rowrr! Yes, it finally happened: Ann Coulter belatedly clawed Meghan McCain back early this morning on Red Eye. It was a joke but it hit its mark with cat-like precision (based on the reaction of her fellow panelists).

Almost nine months ago to the day, Meghan McCain penned her Daily Beast column entitled “My Beef with Ann Coulter.” She wrote, “I find her [Coulter] offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time….I don’t like her demeanor. I have never been a person who was attracted to hate or negativity.” Not holding her fire, McCain added, “Everything about her is extreme: her voice, her interview tactics, and especially the public statements she makes about liberals.”

When Coulter did not immediately go after her, McCain appreciatively remarked, “At this point, I have more respect for Ann Coulter than I do for Laura Ingraham because at least Coulter didn’t come back at me with heartless, substance-less attacks about my weight.” (For a less-than-conservative characterization of Ingraham’s remarks, cf. this ThinkProgress.org link.)

On Red Eye today, Coulter returned as a guest commentator. During a segment on Tiger Wood’s continuing saga, host Greg Gutfeld played a Today clip of Jamie Jungers who claims to have had an eight-month relationship with the golfing great. After viewing footage of the cute chubby blond, Coulter jested, “Wait! Meghan McCain had an affair with Tiger Woods?”

Gutfeld and his sidekick Bill Shultz roared with laughter. Even liberal guest, professor Marc Lamont Hill of Columbia seemed to join in the merriment. Shultz laughed, “I hope I register my disgust in that two-shot, Greg. Ooh!” Gutfeld joked, “How did she have the time between Twittering?”

In the author’s view, Jungers does seem to bear a resemblance to McCain and Red Eye is a politically incorrect free-for-all. Ergo, Coulter may have waited for the perfect time to scratch back at her GOP antagonist without any blowback.

Sivan & Spanx

December 12, 2009

FNC’s overnight anchor Lauren Sivan got a trifle of face time on Fox & Friends Weekend this morning. Unfortunately, for Lauren and her fans, she played second fiddle to her rescue dog, Spanx, in a segment entitled, “A Canine Christmas.” While F&FW co-hosts Alisyn Camerota, Dave Briggs, and Clayton Morris, interviewed Harrison Forbes (radio host of talk show Pet Talk and author of Dog Talk) about potential pup presents, Lauren & Spanx stood by as animate props. (Another lady and her dog did as well.)

When the segment began, Aly introduced Forbes and greeted the dames and their dogs. However, oddly, Aly did not acknowledge Lauren as a colleague: “oddly” since Lauren is mainly seen in the evenings and at night as update reader and somewhat frequent Red Eye guest. (Of course, her male admirers know her also as the Yoga NewsDancing Shiva” on Red Eye.)

However, as the confab concluded, Dave reached over, petted Lauren’s pooch, and declared, “Thanks for coming, Spanx. We appreciate it.” As the camera zoomed in on the adorable white dog with the brown eye patch, Lauren’s visage was lopped from the shot. In fact, even when Lauren revealed that she was getting him the Zoombak GPS dog collar, the cam stayed doggedly fixed on Spanx until the show went to commercial.

FNC’s “one-minute” princess is bound to get more air time sometime soon. Until then, assuredly, the proud “mom” does not mind giving full attention to her Spanx (incidentally, named for the undergarment line, a “girl’s best friend”).

Beck: Baucus or Bacchus?

December 11, 2009

FNC’s Glenn Beck seemed to indicate they may be one and the same, i.e., Montana’s Democratic Senator Max Baucus. As he derided the government’s burgeoning salaries, he revealed his favorite outrage, the raise given by the Senator Baucus to his then aide and girlfriend Melodie Hanes in 2008.*

With large pics of the two juxtaposed, Beck turned toward Hanes’ photo and said, “He gave $14,000 of your dollars in a pay raise to this woman.” Tapping her pic, he stated, “She’s a looker. Or, at least, that’s what he thought. Oh, yeah!” Beck added, “He was romantically involved with her.”

Then Beck elaborated, “Later that year, he took her on a taxpayer-funded trip to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Oh, that’s fantastic!” Pointing at Hanes’ picture again, he laughed, “Even though that’s not her specialty, foreign policy.” Then, giving the visual image of Senator Baucus a suggestive jab to the chin, he rhetorically queried, “Oh, Max! What is her specialty? Rwwrr!”

Yow! Beck may bawl like a baby but he’s got balls.

*The Glenn Beck Show – 12/11/09 (@5:11 p.m. ET)

F&F’s Puppet Show?

December 11, 2009

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson conducted a rather strange “dog-and-pony” interview with Ken Shearin, the mayor of St. Joseph, Missouri, yesterday. In a segment subtitled “Stimu-loss?,”  Gretchen scoffingly asked Mayor Ken Shearin how his town had received $100,000 for a martini bar and Brazilian barbecue restaurant. Instead of simply answering, Shearin immediately looked down at his notepad and began to read.

Shearin stated, “Well, to start with, since the government uses no common sense when they hand out money they don’t have, it’s stupid economics that no family business could live with. The stimulus program is nothing more than a wild spending binge on our grandchildren’s checkbook. But, it would be stupid of me not to take whatever we could get from this package for that town. That’s the answer to that.” [Italics added for emphasis.]

Later, when Gretchen asked Shearin how his town’s projects would create jobs, Stearin looked at his “cheat sheet” again and read, “Well, in our case, getting stimulus money for a martini bar and a Brazilian steakhouse was in hope of bringing new life in a downtown area….And even though, it was a paltry amount based on the total, we certainly appreciate it.” After catching his breath, he continued, “Do I wish the federal money would turn Saint Joe into the next Silicone Valley? Yeah. But that’s about as likely as hoping Paris Hilton had talent.”

Later, in the interview, Shearin grew bolder and ad libbed a mite more. When Gretchen asked him if he would keep the money for his town even though Republican Senators Coburn and McCain had said a lot of the stimulus was being wasted, he riposted, “You must be smoking something this morning. No, I would not give it back.” Laughing, Gretchen replied, “Just to set the record straight, I didn’t smoke anything this morning…or, last night.

Almost immediately thereafter, the “pad-o-prompter” mayor returned to form. When Gretchen thanked him for his appearance and tried to end the interview, Shearin peered at his papers anew and read a prolix epilogue (anti-governmental waste but still pro-pork). After patiently abiding Shearin’s statement, Gretchen segued to her co-anchors, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy.

Gretchen jested, “Brian and Steve, what you smoking?” Brian guffawed and sarcastically stated, “Probably nothing. I just can’t wait to find a puppet show this weekend.” Seemingly, Steve added, “There you go. Nicely funded [somewhat inaudible].”

Puppet, Brian? Or, perhaps, a marionette gone amok?

FNC’s Musical Chairs?

December 10, 2009

For Martha MacCallum, Juliet Huddy, and Megyn Kelly, it sounds as if the music has begun. Strangely, Fox News seems to have anchor Martha MacCallum in every chair but her own on Live Desk this week. Monday it was Fox & Friends: Tuesday, Wednesday, and today, it’s America’s Newsroom.

Perhaps, FNC Senior Veep of Programming Bill Shine is taking advantage of the remainder of Megyn Kelly’s maternity leave this year (from America’s Newsroom) to see if he can adjust the roster to accommodate his returning star Juliet Huddy. Evidence of such a move may be Shine’s moving Martha this week to Fox & Friends Monday and then to America’s Newsroom Tuesday-today even though she is currently the Live Desk co-anchor. Filling in for Martha on LD Monday-Wednesday and returning Friday, has been re-signed Juliet Huddy. (Ailes’ new Energizer bunny Alisyn Camerota is scheduled to fill in on LD today.)

If Martha settles in well with co-anchor Bill Hemmer on AN and Juliet with co-host Trace Gallagher on LD, Shine would be able to free up his rising star Megyn Kelly to host her own show. As has been rumored, she could replace Greta van Susteren in the evenings if Greta does not re-up. On the other hand, Megyn could allow Shepard Smith to concentrate on just one show instead of the two that he hosts each week day (Studio B and the Fox Report): if she did that, she would be give women greater representation on a male-dominated afternoon and evening schedule. (Of eight shows, all of the anchors are men save one, Greta van Susteren, who hosts On the Record.)

When the music stops in January, look around and see if everyone has a chair, and, if so, where exactly they are seated.

American Morning Censored?

December 9, 2009

Iconic sex symbol Marilyn Monroe’s alleged marijuana use? Hush! Controversial pop SINsation Lady Gaga’s gender? Hush! Hush! What is going on at American Morning this week or, actually, the last eight days? Unfortunately, it appears that  AM executive producer Jamie Kraft has presided over its becoming C.N.N. (not CNN), i.e., the Censored Network News.

Last Wednesday, when AM co-host John Roberts reported on the recent sale of a private Marilyn Monroe video, he failed to inform his AM audience that Marilyn Monroe was allegedly smoking marijuana in it: rather, he simply twice said, “[It] shows her acting casually on the couch with friends, smoking and drinking wine.”** However, cable news rivals FNC* and MSNBC did not shy away from Marilyn Monroe’s alleged pot use nor did the main stream media, e.g., ABC, BBC, and the New York Times.)

Today, Jeanne Moos reported on Lady Gaga’s meeting Queen Elizabeth II in Liverpool, England, after the Royal Variety Performance.*** Afterwards, Roberts remarked, “I’ll admit that there’s something strangely fascinating about her but, I mean, it’s all image and marketing.” Co-host Kiran Chetry concurred, “Of course, it is!”

Really? According to recent concert footage, Lady Gaga may be Laddy Gaga: In the NSFW Gawker.com clip, as she gets off a motorcycle and subsequently shimmies in a micro red mini, she exposes what seems to be a small male member. According to Bossip.com, Lady Gaga confirmed her hermaphroditic status, stating “It’s not something that I’m ashamed of, just isn’t something that I go around telling everyone. Yes. I have both male and female genitalia, but I consider myself a female.” Reportedly, she added, “The reason I haven’t talked about it is that it’s not a big deal to me.”

With Marilyn Monroe, AM omitted a material fact, i.e., her apparent smoking of marijuana. As to Lady Gaga, AM seemed to include a significant fiction, i.e., that her “strangely fascinating” nature is “all image and marketing.” If Kraft does not give his AM viewers the full news, sans such salient omissions and questionable inclusions, they may begin to lose confidence in the accuracy of American Morning and, by extension, CNN.

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*Fox & Friends (12/02/09)

** Full quote: A new home movie of Marilyn Monroe unscripted has surfaced. The quick clip from the ’50′s shows her acting casually on the couch with friends, smoking and drinking wine. The copyright to the film will be offered on Ebay this week by a collector who paid a quarter of a million dollars for it.” American Morning (12/02/09)- @ 6:08 a.m. ET and @8:39 a.m. ET (Second reading omitted “and” between “smoking” and “drinking” and substituted “one” for “a” before “million.”)

***American Morning (12/09/09) – @6:55 a.m. ET

Kiran: “My Mic Was Open Accident”

December 8, 2009

Oops! Today American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry explained her rather frank analysis yesterday of the “surge” deployment of Camp Lejeune Marines into Afghanistan before Christmas. (During a report by Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence, she had interjected, “It’s gonna s*ck!”) Today, to a follower, she Tweeted, “My mic was open accident. But it is HEARTBREAKING for the families dealing with so many back to back deployments.”

No need to apologize, Kiran! It’s good to hear AM, especially, when its acronym reflects an “Absent Muzzle.” No offense: But, it sounded like an old Fox & Friends moment.

Shep: Iranians “Protesting Against Their Own Creator”?

December 7, 2009

Shepard Smith, host of Studio B, navigated somewhere between the lazy and the loony in his final analysis of the Iranian protesters this afternoon. First, Shep reported that the Iranian opposition was marching in the streets in Tehran and across the country against both Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and it’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. After doing so, he interviewed Penn State professor Fariborz Ghaddar, a former vice-minister of the Shah of Iran who is currently with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

As Ghaddar began his segment, he confirmed Shep’s account that the government had “shut down all communications for three days,” “slowed down the Internet,” and “telling reporters [that] if you see something, you can’t say something.” He added that the government had put the paramilitary Basij into the streets; that “massive demonstrations” were still continuing; and that “more importantly,” thousands remained detained from the election protests and that “there actually have been killings and rapings in the prison.” In closing, Ghaddar pointed out that the protesters were not only questioning whether Ahmadinejad should be President but whether Iran should remain an Islamic republic. (He noted that it was “very telling” that some of the flags being flown had the red, white, and green without the Islamic Republic seal.)

As Shep finished the segment, he asserted, “The reason it’s so telling is that those people, the Supreme Leaders, the Ayatollah Khamenei, is supposed to be, under the Islamic Revolution terms, sent by God to do that job. So, in protesting, they’re protesting against their own Creator.”*

Somehow, it is highly doubtful that the Iranian opposition would concur with Smith’s conclusion. Rather, more likely, they believe in the justness and rightness of their cause and are not “protesting against their own Creator.” Surely, Shep knows or should know that.

*Studio B with Shepard Smith – 12/07/09 (@3:38 p.m. ET)

Less Fed Abortions, More Poor Babies?

December 7, 2009

Alisyn Camerota, America’s Newsroom guest co-anchor, had to do some fancy footwork this morning. In a debate of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s amendment to prohibit federal subsidization of abortions between Dem pundit Bob Beckel and GOP politico Kate Obenshain, Aly asked, “Hey, Kate, I have a question for you….If there is no federal money used to subsidize abortions for low-income women, doesn’t that mean there will be more low-income babies? And, do any of these amendments talk about the health care for them, then?”*

Incredulous, Obenshain stuttered, “For, well, there, I don’t, do you mean because more children will be born because the government won’t pay to have them terminated? Apparently realizing her faux pas, Aly artfully answered, “No, meaning that low-income women do rely on subsidies often for abortion.”

Aly’s misstep was an unusual one this morning on the conservative network. Generally, Aly deftly sidesteps controversial issues on FNC but today she seemed to posit the principle that pro-life proponents claim that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger embraced. However, apparently, realizing her mistake almost immediately, she wisely withdrew that terrible thought from the table.

America’s Newsroom (12/07/09) – @9:31 a.m. ET

Candid Kiran: Surge’s “Gonna S*ck!”

December 7, 2009

American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry did not mince words this morning on her view of the surge in Afghanistan or, at the very least, the timing of it.

Introducing a segment entitled “Marines Ready to Surge,” Kiran stated, “We now could know soon who will be leading the surge into Afghanistan: Marines from Camp Lejeune are expected to ship out before Christmas Day….What are we expecting to hear today, Chris [Lawrence, CNN Pentagon correspondent]?

Lawrence answered, “This base is really buzzing! They just got several units back from Afghanistan just a few weeks ago. And, now we expect that the first thousand Marines will go directly from here to Helmand province.

Before Lawrence could continue his report, Kiran interjected, “That’s what I’m saying! I mean, obviously, it’s gonna s*ck!”*

Initially, appearing to be taken a bit aback by Kiran’s exclamation, Lawrence coolly paused for a moment and then replied, “Yeah. Definitely…They’re going to where some of that, that toughest fighting is going to be. And, again, that is going to affect, obviously, a lot of families.”

A.M.: Absent Muzzle? Candid Kiran indeed!

*American Morning (12/07/09) – @6:54 a.m. ET

Nurse Aly

December 6, 2009

Fox & Friends co-host Alisyn Camerota did not question the heroic doctor today: In fact, she readily praised him. Yesterday, when discussing the physician, Dr. John Saran, who delivered a baby on a Southwest flight a few days ago, she suggested to co-anchors Dave Briggs and Clayton Morris that Saran’s decision to use his shoelace to tie the baby’s umbilical cord was, perhaps, not hygienic. Today, when she queried Saran on air about the shoelace, she did not opine about the sanitary aspect of his choice for a cincture: rather, she lauded him as the “MacGyver of the skies.”

Out of earshot, nurses often deride MD’s as thinking they are divine. With the doctor listening to her, Aly appeared to think that he now was. No question about it.

Gretchen: Casey Who?

December 2, 2009

Fox & Friends co-anchor Gretchen Carlson scored an impressive interview with Derek Jeter, World Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year.” As she basked in the glow of her catch this morning, she failed to share a little fact with her audience: Her hubby is Casey Close, a long-time agent of the World Series champion New York Yankee co-captain Jeter.

From the moment the interview began, an enraptured Gretchen seemed to almost have her own  Chris Matthews “thrill up [the] leg” moment. Gretchen introduced Derek with a glowing litany of his accomplishments and, subsequently, asked him such probing questions as to what he would do after baseball and whether he would go back to school (since he left college as a freshman). After effecting his apparent apotheosis, she sympathetically queried, “Twenty-four seven the microscope is on you: How difficult is it to live your life so perfectly?”

Even after the interview clip had run, Grethen continued to lavishly laud her husband’s client. She told her co-anchors Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy that she had also asked, “So many people think that you are this perfect guy–which he doesn’t like that label–I said, ‘Do you have any flaws, like, do you make your bed in the morning?” [He does not.]

Apparently, even the producers realized that Gretchen’s questions were more than a tad power puffish. Right before the segment ended, Brian, ratcheting Derek’s divinity down to demigod, remarked, “Here’s the thing about Derek. Great job! He’s not the best in the league; he’s not the best shortstop; he might not even be the best on his team. But, yet everybody wants to be like him, right? Even his enemies seem to respect him. It’s amazing!”

Mighty Casey did not show up today but his man sure did. And, thanks to Gretchen’s pitching, there will assuredly be joy in Closeville tonight.

Huddy: Know Tiger, No Fan

December 1, 2009

FNC anchor Juliet Huddy revealed on Red Eye this morning that she knows Tiger Woods personally and she is no fan. When discussing the latest in the golf giant’s saga (as to his wife, alleged girlfriend, and his driving accident) with host Greg Gutfeld and his second banana Bill Shultz, Juliet opined, “The sportswriters for years and years and years…just buoyed this guy, lionized this guy. I blame the sportswriters a lot for creating the royalty out of this because he was a drip.”

Then going for the jugular, Juliet cattily continued, “I hung out with him personally–we were talking about this– back in 1999. No personality. Not friendly. Zero warmth.”

If the viewer had any doubt, Bill later encapsulated Juliet’s perspective by channeling her hair extension. Holding up the loose blond strands in his hand, he asked, “What say you, Juliet Huddy’s hair extension?” Speaking like a ventroliquist, Shultz answered, “I think he’s a no good scumbag.” To which, Juliet heartily laughed.

Juliet (and Red Eye guys), beware of the Eye of the Tiger!


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