Archive for January, 2009

Gretch: Rub My Toes, Peter Doocy

January 20, 2009

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson seems to like the younger guys: The Jonas Brothers fan dallied with Peter Doocy, son of her co-anchor Steve Doocy, today. After Gretch complained that he had a “plum assignment” indoors in the warmth of the Newseum (when she and the other F&F co-anchors were co-hosting in the cold of D.C.), Peter joked, “Hey, Gretchen! I actually just rolled my sleeves down: It is a little warm in here.”

To the Villanova student, Gretch chuckled, “Come and rub my toes!” Peter shook his and disdained, “No, I’m ok: thanks!” Turning to Gretch, who did not return his gaze, dad Steve sheepishly interjected, “That’s sick!” Peter continued, “I just washed my hands: there’s not enough Purell in Washington.” Gretch cooed, “I just got a pedicure.”

Gretch, a little hot for student?


Chris Wallace: Obama Legally President?

January 20, 2009

Is Obama constitutionally President? Chris Wallace isn’t so sure. After saying earlier in FNC’s Presidential Inauguration coverage that “it’s going to take some getting used to to call him President Obama not President-elect,” Chris Wallace questioned whether he actually was the Commander-in-Chief.*

Noting the presidential oath flubbed by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Wallace said, “I have to say, I’m not sure that Barack Obama really is the President of the United States because the oath of office is set in the Constitution.” He added, “I wasn’t at all convinced that even after he tried to amend it that John Roberts ever got it out straight and that Barack Obama ever said the prescribed words.”

Nevertheless, Wallace concluded, “I suspect that everybody is going to forgive and allow him to take over as President: But, I’m not sure he actually said what’s in the Constitution there.” Britt Hume laughed that it if it ever got to the Supreme Court that Obama would have at least one vote, i.e., Chief Justice Roberts. Megyn Kelly jested, “That sounds like a case for Kelly’s court.”

*1:10 p.m. ET

Update (01/21/09): Cf. the blog of political pundit Craig Crawford (cited by Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy) for a view similar to that of Chris Wallace but a mite harsher toward the Chief Justice. Link:

FDR, Reagan, Obama?

January 20, 2009

On this first day after Martin Luther King Day 2009, President-elect Barack Obama ushered in a new era in civil rights history. As thousands streamed into the Washington Mall in the pre-dawn hours, American Morning’s Kiran Chetry called it “a day for the ages” and Fox & Friends Gretchen Carlson dubbed it a “very special day.” It is indeed historic: when President-elect Barrack Obama takes the oath of office, America will have it first black or biracial president.

According to a recent CNN poll (January 12-15, 2009), an overwhelming majority of blacks say that Martin Luther King’s vision has been fulfilled. Almost on schedule. In a recently released BBC interview, Dr. King foresaw the election of a black American president “in less than forty years”: he was only four years off.

To all of America’s citizens, like FDR and Reagan before him, a handsome, charismatic, eloquent, and optimistic Obama offers much needed hope in dire economic times. Will he similarly succeed? He appears confident and eager: Let us all hope that he and his experienced team are up to this momentous task.

F&F’s Real A-Team

January 17, 2009

Today Fox & Friends put in its real A-Team, i.e., Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and, yes, Alisyn Camerota. FNC merged the cream of the crews of F&F and F&F Weekend as it began its inauguration coverage today with a four-hour F&F special. F&F’s top dogs, Steve and Brian,  joined Aly, the leader of the F&FW pack.

As usual, Jersey girl Aly held her own with Steve and Brian and gave as good as she got. She was no girl in a man’s world: they were boys in her world. No deference demanded and no deference needed. Refreshing!

FNC would do well to consider putting Aly with the boys on F&F and placing F&F’s co-host Gretchen Carlson with Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs on the weekend. Everyone would finally be in their own league. No need to slow one’s game and no need to catch up!

Clayton Waitin’

January 16, 2009

Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Clayton Morris (and F&F fans) is still waiting for F&F co-anchors Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade to pay up on their bet. After yesterday indicating that they would don Philadelphia Eagles’ jerseys and sing the Eagles war anthem today, neither did. Nor did either mention their failure to do so.

Are they merely waiting for Clayton’s next appearance? Oddly, he did not promo his F&FW show today as he usually does.

Gretch, Brian, it’s time to step up to the plate!

Gretch Jags J-Lo: Gashes Globes Garb

January 12, 2009

Fox & Friends co-anchor Gretchen Carlson sunk her teeth into J-Lo’s fashion flair during a Golden Globe segment. (Jennifer Lopez wore a long, flowing golden brocaded dress with a sash-like top that sexily plunged her neckline to her midriff and bared her shoulders and back.) When entertainment correspondent Jill Dobson raved,  “J-Lo[‘s] was one of my favorite dresses: She was gold and bold,” Gretch replied, “I HATED that dress, Jill! Bemused, Jill smilingly asked, “You weren’t a big fan of Jennifer Lopez? Cattily, Gretch snarked, “No, it looked like a piece of tin foil.”

Jennifer Lopez 2009 Golden Globe dress pics link:

Gretch: Have 2 Pay Up on Our Bet

January 12, 2009

Since the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants yesterday, Fox & Friends co-hosts Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade lost their “double or nothing” wager to F&F Weekend co-anchor Clayton Morris. Before Brian read the headlines story, Gretchen, conceding defeat, remarked, “Brian, you and I shouldn’t have watched the game yesterday ’cause we have to pay up on our bet now.” Brian deadpanned, “Yeah. Clayton Morris evidently thinks the Eagles are good.” Gretchen graciously answered, “They are right now.”

No, Gretch and Brian did not don Philadelphia Eagles jerseys nor sing the Eagles war song today. If they indeed follow through, they will probably do so this Friday since Clayton normally promos on Fridays. A little crow for breakfast!

Rick Sick: And Domenica?

January 11, 2009

Yesterday Fox & Friends Weekend’s usual guest meteorologist Domenica Davis filled in for Rick Reichmuth. Today F&FW co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, almost apologetically, subbed for Rick who she said was sick. However, she made no mention of the absence of the delectable Domenica.

A  little too much “Golden Global warming” yesterday?

HuffPo “Outing” Senator Graham?

January 10, 2009

In the Huffington Post (Politics) today under the banner “Leading Gay Republican Group Going Broke,”  appears a New Hampshire Election 2008 photo of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) flanked by Log Cabin Republican’s president Patrick Sammon and a LCR member.* Instead of utilizing a more recent picture of the LCR’s president Sammon, it used an approximately one year old pic of him and the single senator together. (According to the LCR web site, the pic was posted there on January 9, 2008.) Is HuffPo somewhat subtly “outing” the South Carolina Republican Senator Graham?

Even though Graham has long been the subject of rumors that he is gay, he asserted to GQ in 2006 that he is not gay but rather merely a loner.**

*@4.45 p.m. ET –



Domenica: Skirts Up Forecast

January 10, 2009

Fox & Friends’ sultry weathergirl Domenica Davis forecast possible Marilyn Monroe moments tomorrow. After warning of Santa Ana winds with “gusts upwards of 70 miles per hour”  in Los Angeles today, Domenica, seguing back to the F&F co-hosts, saucily said, “For the Golden Globes, those winds are going to be strong there out on the red carpet. All I’m saying is, stand close to the tv: You never know when a dress is going to blow up.”

Chuckling, Clayton Morris exclaimed, “Oh! Hey, now that’ll get me to tune in.” Meanwhile, Alisyn Camerota guffawed, “Bent! That’s quite a tease.” After ducking his head, Dave Briggs declared, “That’s a good tease: yeah!”

In a frigid New York City, Domenica is helping heat things up for her colleagues and her countrymen.

Mike & Juliet: On Tap 4 F&F?

January 9, 2009

In less than six months, Fox News could deepen its talent pool with the addition of Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, the fun and fervid duo of their recently cancelled eponymous morning talk show on FOX. According to Twentieth Television’s prez and coo Bob Cook, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet will not be renewed: Production of new shows will continue through June 2009 and the program will leave the air in the fall.

Even though the cast of Fox & Friends appears to have  been established and F&F Weekend seems to have regained its zest (with the return of the sexy, saucy veteran Alisyn Camerota), both weekday and weekend shows could well use experienced, talented, and confident fill-ins. As former F&FW co-hosts, Mike and Juliet have proved their abilities to not only fit the bill but add a zany spontaneity that seems to sometimes be missing on the current versions of the programs.

Hopefully, welcome back, M&J!

O’Reilly’s Twilight Zone

January 8, 2009

The O’Reilly Factor Sarah Palin segment: Mr. “Looking Out for You” traded his No Spin Zone for the Twilight Zone tonight. In the debate segment on Sarah Palin’s recent return to the spotlight (viz., her interview with Internet reporter John Ziegler), O’Reilly introduced pro-Palin Rick Santorum as “former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania” and anti-Palin Danielle Crittenden merely as “conservative author.” Santorum has a well established reputation as a strong social conservative but Crittenden is not as well known.

It seemed odd that O’Reilly failed to identify Ms. Crittenden further. After Googling her, the author learned that she is a Canadian and a Huffington Post columnist married to David Frum (another vociferous Palin critic), former George W. Bush speechwriter and Canadian journalist. Crittenden questioned the credentials of Palin but her own credentials were not fully disclosed.

What happened to “We report: You Decide”?

Gretch: Wager Weasel?

January 8, 2009

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson seems to weasling out of her bet with F&F Weekend co-anchor Clayton Morris.* After a Consumer Electronics Show segment with Clayton showcasing the latest gadgets this morning, Gretch asked, “Hey, Clayton: ‘member that bet that we had?” Clayton replied, “Yeah, I remember.”

Gretchen continued, “Well, Brian may be willing to take a mulligan for me so we’re going to reveal that when you join us later on in the show.” Clayton cagily cracked, “Wait a second: that sounds like a scam to me.” Then F&F co-host Brian Kilmeade intoned, “Maybe, the Giants can do what the Vikings couldn’t and that’s beat your Eagles: Maybe, it’s time to factor me into this.”

When Clayton returned, nothing more was said about the wager between Gretchen and Clayton. More than likely, Gretch will not be wearing the Eagles’ jersey tomorrow nor singing their war anthem. As Elvis, today’s birthday boy, might say, “A little less conversation, a little more action, please.”**



Ann Coulter: Bill O’Reilly Overbearing, Chauvinistic, Humorless

January 8, 2009

Conservative columnist and best-selling author Ann Coulter gave Bill O’Reilly no quarter last night on his show, the O’Reilly Factor, as she promoted her book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America. After her contentious interview earlier in the day with Matt Lauer on the Today show (which had been “rescheduled” after Matt Drudge indicated that Coulter had been cancelled and had been “banned for life”*), she was in no mood to be lectured by O’Reilly. After asking her if she were an intentional bomb thrower and saying that she was sometimes shrill, Coulter countered, “You are…overbearing, chauvinistic, humorless.” O’Reilly drily replied, “I agree with all of those things.”

At the end of the interview, O’Reilly riled Coulter further when he said, “Bernie Goldberg has some advice for you.” Coulter laughed and sniped, “My general policy is to take advice from people who sell more books than I do not fewer books than I do.” O’Reilly cockily riposted, “Then you would take advice from me then?”  Coulter quickly answered, “No, no. I said more books.” O’Reilly declared, “Yeah, I sell more books than you.” Uncowed, Coulter responded, “No, you don’t.” Then in almost a school playground exchange, O’Reilly said, “Yes, I do” and Coulter retorted, “No, you don’t.”

As O’Reilly concluded the segment, he said that he liked her book but that he thought that she had made it provocative on purpose to sell books. When he closed the show, he remarked, “No mail this evening because we gave Ann Coulter a little extra time. Do you think that she appreciates that?”

Reciprocal respect, maybe: mutual fondness, perhaps, not.


Roberts Tied Up

January 7, 2009

Like Ali Velshi, it appears that American Morning’s co-anchor John Roberts received word from the boss. Ali had to lose his goatee, and now, apparently, John has to regain his tie. In a segment with Roberts for fellows who need to get or keep a job, “recessionista” Lola Oggunaike reported on the need for men’s Spanx, manicures, matching leathers, and subtle scents. Lola assured Roberts that he passed the test with flying colors with or without a tie. Roberts responded, “If I don’t care about my appearance, there are several people whom I will hear from immediately.” Then he added, “You know, it’s kinda looking like the tie is here to stay.”

Humorous aside: After Roberts segued to co-host Kiran Chetry, she, employing a subtle double entendre, remarked, “One other tip: Shine your shoes because you never know when Richard Simmons is going to show up, grab your foot, and start kissing it. And that’s when the men’s Spanx come in handy, too.”

Kiran: Underneath My Skirt

January 7, 2009

“Could have gotten ugly”? Many of Kiran Chetry’s admirers would dare to disagree. Like the famed burlesque star Sally Rand, American Morning’s Kiran Chetry may have disabused many of her fans of the mystery of distaff delight. Apparently, no more popular Fox & Friends YouTube moments for now.

After a segment airing the “Moment of Zen” from Comedy Central’s the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” showcasing Richard Simmons amorously kissing Kiran’s foot, AM co-anchor John Roberts asked, “Did he just snap or what happened?” Kiran explained, “Well, he’s Richard Simmons.” Roberts randily further queried, “A foot kisser?” Kiran replied, “Apparently. He would not let go.”

Then she added, “The…good news is that I had on emergency bike shorts underneath my skirt because it could have gotten [sic] ugly.” When Roberts feigned embarrassment, Kiran tittered, “Too much information?” Roberts responded, “Just a bit.” Laughing, Kiran replied, “You just never know if you’re going to trip in the studio: you’ve got to be covered. I hope that’s not the next moment of Zen.”

Kiran, emergency biking shorts? Sounds like Chris has given you some Zen Depends. You and Janelle may well want to reconsider that netherwear choice.

“If you’re going to trip in the studio,” you might as well look good in the video.

Sunny Honeybee’s Flight of Fancy

January 7, 2009

Where will American Morning’s correspondent Sunny Hostin finally alight? Today she landed again on Fox & Friends’ curvy couch this morning in a debate segment on cities’ not requiring job applicants to disclose a felony conviction. The CNN legal eagle was introduced by F&F co-host Steve Doocy merely as a former federal prosecutor.

Since four days ago AM’s guest host Joe Johns introduced Sunny as a legal analyst and her name reappeared on AM’s website as a correspondent,* this author deduced that she had returned to CNN with a renewed contract. Perhaps, I spoke prematurely. It appears that Sunny Honey** is still flitting about from flower to flower–not sure which cable news network beckons best.

Whoever Sunny selects should be happy to dance with the Hula Hoop Honey!



Courtney on Cavuto!

January 6, 2009

Courney Friel on Your World with Neil Cavuto today: Crazy! Of course, Cavuto fans know that he likes the lissome lovelies: notice the frequent exposure that he lavishes on the voluptuous Victoria’s Secret models? Few red-blooded males blame him.

However, when FNC’s entertainment correspondent and former Maxim model suddenly appeared today as a Your World business reporter explaining Hyundai’s special return program for car buyers who lose their jobs, the author was taken aback. Even if Courtney has handled her entertainment correspondent responsibilities well, she has had some difficulties when she tried to take on more serious news as a Fox & Friends co-host. Nevertheless, she did well in her latest round robin role.

After the car segment, maybe a casino or lingerie segment is in the offing for Your World with Courtney.

Clayton Loses Tutu: Gretchen Gains Jersey

January 6, 2009

Unfortunately, for Fox & Friends viewers’ sheer entertainment value, F&F Weekend co-host Clayton Morris won his football bet with F&F co-anchor Gretchen Carlson. Since the Philadelphia Eagles, Clayton’s hometown pick, beat the Minnesota Vikings, Gretch’s home state team, Clayton will be spared having to wear a tutu while reenacting his F&F Christmas charades version of “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fair.” However, Gretch will have to don an Eagle jersey and sing the Eagle war song.

According to Clayton, this Friday is the day of reckoning for Gretch.

Kissing Kiran’s Foot–Literally!

January 5, 2009

A must Kiran Chetry YouTube moment!* Fitness guru Richard Simmons could not get enough of American Morning’s incomparable Kiran. Before the final question of a fitness interview, Simmons eagerly bussed her right hand. As the segment ended, he grabbed Kiran’s left foot (semi-clad in a high-heeled shoe) with both his hands and began enthusiastically kissing the top of her toes and arch. Unsuccessfully trying to pull her foot back, a chagrined Kiran pleaded, “Let’s take a break!” As he continued to kiss her foot, a smiling, blushing Kiran exclaimed, “This is so embarrassing! Thank you, Richard.” Simmons replied, “Cinderella, it fits! Let’s all have a ball!” As the camera panned to guest co-anchor Rob Marciano, Rob remarked, “Clearly, Richard Simmons loves you.”

Indeed he does. He’s not alone. Watch out Fox & Friends: the fun, frisky Kiran has reemerged on AM!

*8:58 ET a.m.