Morris’ Memorial Miss

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)

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10 Responses to “Morris’ Memorial Miss”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Would you expect any one of those 3 twits to know the difference?

  2. boogiewoogee Says:

    Ainsley is rubbing off on Clayton, who’s more like Historical Barbie than Historical Ken!

  3. Al Says:

    His is not such a clear-cut error. “Tomb of The Unknown Soldier” has for many years been the customary name of nations around the world for those memorials that are representative of all its unidentified war casualties, and some of these hold the remains of more than one body. That, in fact, was what the monument at Arlington National Cemetery was initially known as and still is today, sometimes. While most often referred to now as “Tomb Of The Unknowns”, it has never been officially named.

    The story you’ll most likely read about it says that they changed it to “Unknowns” after including the bodies from WW2 & Korean War, but since the memorial was always supposed to represent all of the unknowns you quickly realise that was likely bunk. The real reason, probably? You don’t call a Marine “Soldier.” Sailors don’t much like it, either.

    U.S. Army honour guards who serve there (and after passing a difficult written test and inspection) are awarded a ‘Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Badge”. And Mr. Morris may have remembered what he learned in grade school as some textbooks circa 1975 had it that way.

  4. boogiewoogee Says:

    Al = Dr. Answer Man
    always something new to learn from the man!

  5. jakeho Says:

    Al, the real import of the article was that Clayton took the Arlington National Cemetery misnomer literally and made the otherwise logical leap to his detriment. Unfortunately, Ainz, Dave, and the F&F producers failed to offer him a safety net or subsequent succor.

  6. Al Says:

    It was a technical error so minor in the grand scheme of the topic at hand that his co-hosts used good judgement in letting it slide without comment.

    ^^ Ha! As my mother says, “Doctor shmockter! Get your butt over here and fix your mother’s toilet.”

  7. jakeho Says:

    Re your doc joke, I laughed out loud, Al. One of my bros could commiserate: god at work and mere mortal at home.

    As to Clayton’s error, maybe, I’m old school but I expect news networks to give you the facts. And, when they mess up, I think that they should so apprise their audience. Otherwise, viewer trust is undermined.

  8. boogiewoogee Says:

    The weekend team is the B team, and the holiday weekend team is the bottom of the barrel. So our expectations are generally lowered.

  9. boogiewoogee Says:

    But it is kinda cute that Jake thought Ainsley might actually have some information to impart!

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