“He’s the hero pilot behind the miracle on the Hudson…Captain ‘Silly’ Sullenberger.” As Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Dave Briggs teased an upcoming airline safety segment at the beginning of F&FW, he set the tone for a bigger bungling of the segment by the producers, i.e., a “silly” attempt to rerun the segment in the final hour as if it were new.
Toward the end of the first hour, Dave and Clayton’s interview of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger was excellent (even though Dave unwittingly called the pilot “Silly” Sullenberger anew). Apparently, the producers thought it was, too. So much so, that they ran it again about three hours later–without context.
In the final ten minutes of the program, F&FW returned from commercial break as if it were live. Immediately, without any introduction, the producers began to air the taped interview. As it ran, they even failed to alert their audience with a simple graphic stating that the segment had “previously aired today on Fox & Friends Weekend.” To boot, when the taped interview ended, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota (as if addressing Dave and Clayton directly) said, “Alright. Thanks, guys!”
No thanks, FNC. If F&FW producers are struggling to fill four hours of programming (including ads), it may be understandable to repeat a segment on occasion. However, it not acceptable for them to mislead the audience into thinking that such reruns are original content.
[Author’s aside: In partial defense of the producers, perhaps, they were exceptionally tired in that final hour of the show. Before their bungled second airing of the Sullenberger interview, supra, they had a less egregious gaffe early in that hour. During a story on GOP front runners, they displayed a poll graphic (including GOP candidate photos), mislabeling Mitt Romney “Palin” and Sarah Palin “Romney.” A bit more F&FW “morning joe” needed?]