Ainsley Labors Today

Guest host Ainsley Earhardt did not appear to be in a celebratory spirit on today’s Fox & Friends Labor Day edition. Surprisingly, she seemed listless as she played third-string backup in the center of the curvy couch.* Attractively attired in her proper red dress (modestly v-necked, almost sleeveless, and above-the-knee) and her tan high heels (closed-toed), she appeared hesitant, chastened and cloistered. Where was her assertive, edgy, and sexy side that had evidenced with such elan in her Memorial Day appearance?

Perhaps, Jay Leno had a bit too much fun with that episode. Certainly, for co-host Dave Briggs’ comfort. And, apparently, perhaps, for that of Bill Shine (FNC Senior Veep of Programming).

*Ainsley substituted for F&F Weekend co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, who would have normally filled in for F&F co-host Gretchen Carlson today.

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2 Responses to “Ainsley Labors Today”

  1. CathyG Says:

    ‘Chastened’ might be a good word to describe Ainsley if she’s been part of the fall out that must surely have happened after the abysmally poor reaction by Fox News to the breaking story of the death of Senator Kennedy. I have to own I was only watching from 3.00 am and spent some time channel surfing but kept coming back to Fox to watch the train wreck. CNN admittedly had the ‘advantage’ of the 24hr CNN International service to manage the first few hours but by 3.00 they had anchors, a reporter on scene and interviewees and they managed to get Kiran et al broadcasting from 4.45.

    Fox on the other hand had Ainsley.

    The producers on duty struggled with replaying and replaying and replaying a brief pre-recorded bio by Bret Baier and last year’s convention address by Ted Kennedy, an occasional cross to the local Fox station in Boston (they should have stayed with this – they actually seemed to know what they were doing!!) and then for some bizarre reason would every now and then return to a re-play of the Glen Beck show. All of this with Ainsley anchoring and obviously well out of her comfort zone. Then joy of joys, they manage to get Ted Kennedy’s biographer on the phone……

    Now Ted Kennedy was not an obscure member of the Senate, only well known in his home state. He was part of a family whose deeds, misdeeds, anniversaries and deaths have been on the front page of American history for the past half century and more. All of these events have been hashed and re-hashed on a regular basis over that time frame. Any reasonably well-read news reporter should have been able to ‘wing’ this story from personal back ground knowledge alone. When that person is in a studio with direct internet access to at the very least a Wikipaedia potted biography that news reporter should have been able to nail interviewing Ted Kennedy’s biographer.
    It was patently obvious that Ainsley is not a reasonably well-read newspaper reporter – instead of asking probing questions on the various stages of Ted Kennedy’s life and following up on the response all we got was “What’s your take on the story?” with the biographer pretty much interviewing himself.

    Finally, at 5.30 two members of the Fox & Friends team arrive in studio and put Ainsley out of her misery.

    What totally astounded me was the first Washington bureau correspondent interviewed that day admitted that the death was “not totally unexpected”, especially as he’d failed to attend his sister’s funeral. Why was Fox so totally unprepared. They should have had a package ready-to-go. Admittedly this package should probably been the responsibility of the Washington bureau rather than the New York HQ but to have nothing ready apart from the pre-recorded short obit that many news organisations keep on the shelf for notable personages was woeful..

  2. jakeho Says:

    CathyG, I did not see Ainsley’s reportage of Kennedy’s death in the wee hours. Later, I did not that FNC’s coverage was notice as favorable nor as comprehensive as that of CNN. As to the difference, it may well be attributable to their respective audiences’ perspectives on the story.

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