Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jackson’

Megyn Kelly: Kendall Crazy?

September 28, 2011

“I confess the judge has a conflict of interest.” Wow! If America Live anchor Megyn Kelly did not convince her fans that she is a free spirit with her racy GQ spread and her subsequent bawdy Howard Stern interview, the sexy married mother of two may have succeeded today. Less than two months after returning from maternity leave to America Live, Megyn invited as a guest to her show her husband–no, not Doug Brunt–but her former hubby, Dr. Daniel R. Kendall.

When her “Kelly’s Court” segment began, Megyn asked her legal panel (former prosecutor Jonna Spilbor and FNC legal analyst Mercedes Colwin) whether prosecutors could prove that Michael Jackson’s doctor caused the death of the King of Pop. Subsequently, Megyn explained to her audience that prosecutors claimed that the doctor was “guilty of gross negligence…because he used propofol to treat insomnia and [that] he administered it outside of the operating room…[and] that no reasonable doctor would do that.” Then, with a slight smile, she continued, “So, joining us now is an expert witness…an anesthesiologist by the name of Dr. Dan Kendall from our D.C. bureau.*

Somewhat surreally, Megyn continued, “[w]ho I confess the judge has a conflict of interest since the judge used to be married to Dr. Kendall.” As her legal guests chuckled uncomfortably, Megyn remarked, “But, Dr. Kendall is now happily married to another person as am I. So, there is no conflict of interest.” Subsequently, after giving her handsome former fellow less than two minutes to explain that the doctor should have continuously monitored Jackson and that his actions were, in short, “pretty nuts,” Megyn moved on.

“Pretty nuts,” indeed. Or, was Megyn Kelly Kendall crazy?

*America Live – 09/28/11 (@ 2:47 p.m. ET)

O’Reilly Factor: “Freak” Jacko & His “White Children”

July 6, 2009

Bill O’Reilly consigned Michael Jackson to the “Cultural Warrior” segment for a public flogging. Introducing the “Media Glorification?” story to his guests, Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson and Fox News anchor Juliet Huddy, O’Reilly opined, “Many news people apparently think that Mr. Jackson was some kind of hero because he could sing and dance.” After that questionably racial remark, O’Reilly remarked, “To be fair, you had to cover a story like this ’cause the man was one of the most successful entertainers in history but to spin it into some kind of glorification is flat out dishonest.”

After O’Reilly asked Gretchen if she were growing weary of the story, Gretchen groused, “I, personally, am very tired of this story….I feel that it is a disservice to the American public to cover this story 24/7.” O’Reilly concurred, “I absolutely think that…we are overplaying it but we’re in a competitive industry.”

Turning to Juliet, O’Reilly asked, “The other media…are glorifying the man, are they not?” Juliet answered, “They are glorifying the man.” She asked, “Why not take a stand and say this man has been accused [of paedophilia]: He wasn’t convicted….Neither was O.J. Simpson.” O’Reilly replied, “Because you can’t cede the audience like that: It ruins your whole month of ratings.”

O’Reilly posited, “Black Americans are much more engaged in watching this stuff than white Americans even though Michael Jackson has white children and he chose to have white children and the face deal I don’t even want to get into.” He pontificated, “There’s no racial component to this story at all.” [Regrettably, in an earlier segment with a former Jackson attorney, Jerry Reisman, O'Reilly raised the spectre of race as well: When Reisman explained Jackson's "glorification" in part by the American and world press because of his contribution to the "African-American experience in America," O'Reilly coarsely queried, "You buying that? You are? Then he inseminates...the mother of the children with white people's sperm and there's some kind of racial component to black people?"]

Revisiting Juliet’s point, Gretch declared, “And we’re also not focusing on the paedophile accusations as well.” O’Reilly elucidated, “We can’t because he was acquitted.” Dismissively, Juliet interjected, “He was acquitted as O.J. was acquitted.” O’Reilly concluded, “The only thing you can say with certainty is what he did with children was inappropriate and it is wrong for an adult to do what he did.” As a postscript Juliet added, “But he’s forgiven because he’s an entertainer and he’s considered quirky….He was a freak.”

Regardless of one’s view of Michael Jackson, the Cultural Warrior segment was strange, not necessarily because of the opinions stated, but because there were no counterpoints. There were no black Americans to explain to O’Reilly the significance of Michael Jackson who had done for blacks what Elvis did for whites, i.e., bridge the racial and cultural divide. Both were flawed, fallen men but transcendent American artists.

Juliet: I’m Back

July 6, 2009

Beach blonde Juliet Huddy, former co-host of FOX’ Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, has finally resurfaced today on Twitter. After her no shows last week as scheduled guest host on FNC’s “Happening Now,”* Juliet Tweeted her return today. Although noticeably not explaining her HN absences, she related her returnĀ  from the “gold coast” of Delaware and announced her appearance on the O’Reilly Factor tonight. She declared, “Just getting back from the beach at which I spent my junior/senior “beach weeks” — Dewey/Rehoboth: Back in reality, talking about MJ tonite on O’Reilly.**

Perhaps, Juliet will contribute her swimsuit shots to the O’Reilly Factor to celebrate the recent 63rd anniversay of the bikini or to run on the loop during the cultural warrior segment. Either way, a token of appreciation to O’Reilly for her slot and a sop to her fans for their forebearance.

Welcome back again, Juliet!

*http://jakeho.wordpress.com/2009/07/02/juliet-hn-no-show-again/

** http://twitter.com/juliethuddy

Clayton: PETA Pan

June 28, 2009

As Michael Jackson leaves behind his title of America’s Peter Pan, Fox & Friends co-anchor Clayton Morris has assumed its “evil” homophonic honorific, PETA Pan. Today after a segment featuring the newly crowned World’s Ugliest Dog Pabst and during the subsequent “memorial” vid of the 2008 winner Gus, Clayton mockingly mourned the poor pup’s passing.*

Unfortunately, Clayton failed to follow the lead of his recently chastened colleague Dave Briggs.** As Gus’ pictorial dirge began, Dave commented, “Unfortunately, Gus is no longer with us….We miss Gus dearly but I got to say that [Gus] is an adequate winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog. I mean, we love Gus though.” A seemingly less compassionate Clayton mirthfully emoted, respectively, clownishly crying, broadly smiling , and gleefully grimacing at Gus’s “ugliness.”

Clayton, today’s eternal child: F&F’s PETA Pan.

*F&F (06/28/09) – 9:40 a.m. ET

**After saying that his wife Brandi’s cat wanted “to be punted” and a subsequent Carpe Diem article suggesting that he make peace with the cat,” Dave Tweeted an indication that he had done so.

**Links:

http://jakeho.wordpress.com/2008/12/21/briggs-no-cat-lover/

http://jakeho.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/mamas-boy-briggs/

http://jakeho.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/briggs-catty-tweet/

Jacko: F&F’s Faux Facts

June 26, 2009

Today Fox & Friends’ “News by the Numbers” seemed more like “Michael Jackson Fan Fiction” by Steve Doocy.* In this segment “dedicated to the career of Michael Jackson,” Steve claimed that Jackson was the “only artist ever to get in twice” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and that Jackson’s thirteen Grammys and number one hits were both “record-setting.” Not quite.

As to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Steve, at least, forgot Paul McCartney who was inducted as a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist.** With regard to Grammys, Stevie Wonder with 22 surpasses Jacko (13) as a solo male artist.*** Likewise, pertaining to record number one singles, Elvis Presley, Rock & Roll’s King, with 17 bests Pop’s King (13).****

Speaking of records, who was fact-checking F&F’s record today?

[There is no doubt that Michael Jackson was an incredible talent. As his life is memorialized, there is no need to over-hype. Appreciate him for he was: another great conflicted artist.]

*F&F (06/26/09) – @7:24 a.m. ET
**http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/the-beatles
**http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/paul-mccartney
***http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,264981,00.html
***http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammy_Award_records
****http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7327843.stmS

Rick Rocks 2Nite: Aly, Domenica 2morrow?

May 16, 2009

Sorry, Rick Reichmuth fans, but your favorite Fox & Friends Weekend weatherguy will be off Sunday. According to Rick, even though his birthday is actually next Thursday, the genial gent will be celebrating tonight and, understandably, will be sleeping in tomorrow morning. Happy early birthday, Rick!

For devotees of weatherwoman Domenica Davis, Rick’s usual and probable stand-in tomorrow, you should have four hours to enjoy your Latin lovely. Even though Rick was not able to coax an unusually coy Alisyn Camerota to show off her full-body Thriller moves today, perhaps, tomorrow Domenica will be more successful in getting the “Baby Got Back” dancing queen off the curvy couch to “stand up and gyrate” to the pulsating rhythm of MJ’s megahit.

F&F dancing girls: a sure ratings boost!


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