Oops! An unfortunate “Unknown” ad lib. Fox & Friends guest co-host Clayton Morris probably wishes that he had stuck to the script this morning. One who prides himself in his historical ken and is continuously lauded for such by his FNC colleagues, Clayton had a memorable Memorial Day mishap this morning: He misidentified the “Tomb of the Unknowns” as the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” and then regrettably made the logical leap–and fell flat on his face.
As Fox & Friends Memorial Day edition entered its second hour, producers showed a live shot of the Tomb of the Unknowns where President Obama was scheduled to lay a wreath. Simultaneously, Clayton intoned, “That is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, referring to the remains, of course, of the unknown soldier interned at that specific spot Arlington National Cemetery.”* [Italics added for emphasis.] But, of course, it was not the resting place of a single soldier: rather, it was the “Tomb of the Unknowns” which “contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and (until 1998) the Vietnam War” according to Arlington National Cemetery.
When the author pointed out his mistake in two Tweets [1, 2], Clayton did not respond nor did Fox & Friends show the scene again. However, when the following show, America’s Newsroom, did, both guest co-hosts Juliet Huddy and Gregg Jarrett properly referred to the monument as the “Tomb of the Unknowns.” Apparently, they knew better, or, perhaps, someone got the word.
In fairness to Clayton, even though he was off the mark this morning, he certainly did not get any assistance from his fellow guest co-anchors, Ainsley Earhardt or Dave Briggs. Ainsley merely muttered, “Mmmm,” and Dave simply moved on without a word. To make matters worse, even Clayton’s producers failed to provide him with a helpful voice in the ear.
F&F (Memorial Day): Clayton and the crew on holiday!
*Fox & Friends – 05/28/12 (@ 7:01 a.m. ET)
**America’s Newsroom – 05/28/12 (@ 10:10 a.m. ET and @ 10:14 a.m.ET, respectively)