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Melania Nude: America’s Carla Bruni?

August 1, 2016

The “First Hottie”! And what’s wrong with that? For two days straight (NSFW Sunday pics, Monday photos), the New York Post has posted pics of the GOP nominee Donald Trump‘s gorgeous former model wife Melania in her birthday suit (obscured by the usual censoring graphics). Like Jackie O. (a seemingly sexy naturalist–at least at the pool), she is fabulously beautiful and exudes a certain sensuality that would captivate the American public.

Aptly, Trump adviser Jason Miller declared, “Nothing to be embarrassed about with the pictures–she’s a beautiful woman.” The Donald himself said, “Melania was one of the most successful models and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines.

Yes, the photos might be a mite racy of the beautiful Godiva in the nude–by herself and in the embrace of another lovely lady. But, Melania’s detractors should understand that she was modeling for a French gents’ mag. The photog remarked, “I think it is important to show the beauty and freedom of the woman, and I am very proud of these pictures because they celebrate Melania’s beauty. And Melania’s proud hubs The Donald remarks, “Melania was one of the most successful models, and she did many photo shoots, including for covers and major magazines. This was a picture taken for a European magazine….In Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”

The comely Melania is veritably a Venus. And, if her hubby succeeds, she may be America’s version of France’s former fine first lady Carla Bruni (NSFW pics).

Cuomo Calls Trump ” Our Racist”?

June 8, 2016

“But, he’s my bigot!” New Day co-host Chris Cuomo appeared to “tar and feather” the presumptive GOP standard bearer Donald Trump with the epithets of “racist” and “bigot.” As former First Lady Hillary Clinton laid claim to be the almost certain Democratic Presidential nominee, Mario Cuomo’s youngest son appeared rather ready and willing to try to begin the process of taking Hillary’s Republican opponent out.

Yes, Chris has indicated that his mom loves and admires Trump (whose family appears to have been Cuomo friends–or, at least, congenial neighborhood acquaintances): But, today, Chris seemed to go out of his way to vilify The Donald today. In a tease, before interviewing moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, he remarked, “What he says may be racist: But, he’s our racist! Is that a winning proposition for the GOP? When we come back, we have a Republican Senator to make the case!”

When New Day returned from commercial break, Chris interviewed Senator Collins who praised her former colleague, the erstwhile New York Senator Clinton, and declared that she has “a good relationship with her.” Beginning his colloquy, Chris queried whether Senator Collins could get over Trump’s remarks as to “this [Latino] judge [who is presiding over the Trump University lawsuit] and that’s one on a list of many statements like that that have come out of Trump.” In answer, Senator Collins said that she would like to be able to endorse Trump; that he should apologize to the judge and to the American people; that he should start acting more Presidential; and that he should articulate clearly what a Trump Presidency would look like. In reply, Chris asked, “So Senator, what do you say to a Republican or a Republican colleague whose proposition is ‘What do you want me to do? Is he bigoted? You know, it seems a lot of these statements fits squarely under the category of “yes” but he’s my bigot.”

If the reader wonders what the Senator said in response, she demurred and declared that she was struggling to support Trump: But, perhaps, the more salient fact was that Chris seemed to call Trump a racist and a bigot–or, at least, lay the groundwork for that attack for future reference. If so, it tarnishes New Day which should be a forum for an open discussion of the issues and the Presidential candidates. After all, viewers want a “fair and balanced” perspective of the news: And, they should get it on New Day.

“Racist” and “bigot” are rather inflammatory monikers! Dial it back a bit, Chris: And, let the New Day viewers decide.

Ainsley Approves Attack on Reagan?

April 30, 2016

Earhardt: “You kinda have to find a little humor in some sad things that happen in life.”  Actually, Ainsley, you don’t, especially when that humor is at the expense of the victims themselves, including those victims of dementia such as President Reagan.

Last Thursday (April 30), Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt signaled her approval of Will Ferrell’s starring in and producing a comedic movie that purportedly would mock the now deceased former President Ronald Reagan in his final term as President as being addled by dementia although evidence suggests otherwise according to Reagan’s White House physicians (New Yorker). Ironically, Friday, after fallout from Reagan’s family and other Alzheimer’s victim advocates, the besieged flagging actor Ferrell announced through a spokesman that he would “not [be] pursing this project.”

Introducing F&F co-anchor Steve Doocey‘s man-on-the-street-interview segment (subtitled “A Laughing Matter? Will Ferrell to Star in Comedy about Reagan”), co-host Brian Kilmeade sarcastically said, “So, we told you earlier that Will Ferrell’s going to be producing and will be starring in a movie as Ronald Reagan….And, it’s going to be a comedy, Steve: And, it’s going to be a comedy because it’s so funny that Ronald Reagan lost his memory!”

As the segment concluded, Ainsley remarked, “Steve, I just think a lot of people will go see it because they like Will Ferrell: I think they expect it to be funny. Shaking her head “no” as if she did not believe a word that she was saying, she added, “And, you kinda have to find a little humor in some sad things that happen in life.”

But, Ainsley, that “little humor” should never be at the expense of the victim. And, if so, the heartless comedian becomes the real joke.

Kilmeade’s “Naked” Misogyny?

September 14, 2015

Sarcastic Brian: “What a shame!” For the “painted [topless] ladies” who feel less safe in Times Square (re a recent attack on the street performers), Fox & Friends co-anchor Brian Kilmeade seems to think that they are asking for it. It was not Kilmeade’s finest hour this morning: And, he should apologize to the topless-body-paint gals who are trying to make a living lawfully–and to all the other women who value their equal rights.

Sounding like a troglodyte, usually au courant Brian opined in a jarringly offensive fashion re women who believe in exercising their legally recognized equal rights by “baring their breasts as men are routinely permitted to do” (according to a 1992 New York Court of Appeals Court decision, People v. Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss). Introducing an upcoming story, his co-host Steve Doocy declared, “The painted ladies of Times Square are seeing red, why they say [that] they feel less safe when they are naked in Times Square.” Unsympathetically and chauvinistically, at best, Brian sarcastically responded, “What a shame!”

“What a shame indeed!,” Brian! The apparently practical endorsement of the reported attack on Amanda Roman, a “desnuda” of Times Square, was unseemly and unwarranted. In the author’s opinion, you should apologize to her and to all of the “painted ladies” who are simply exercising their equal rights to earn a living a la the “Naked Cowboy” in Times Square. After all, it is 2015!

[Author’s aside: Perhaps, Kelly File host Megyn Kelly will grill her colleague F&F co-host Brian Kilmeade in his next regular segment with him as she did “The Donald”–or, maybe, not.]

Fox & Friends – 09/14/15 (@ 6:12 a.m. ET).

FNC: Fairly Unbalanced?

August 25, 2015

Megyn vs. The Donald: There’s no such thing as bad publicity. If one truly believes that gals and guys are equal, they have to embrace the warrior women a la the Army Ranger School graduates: Ergo, when Kelly Files anchor Megyn Kelly takes on Donald Trump she should be prepared for war.

As Carpe Diem readers know, the author is a true fan of Megyn Kelly: Also, the author is an admirer of Trump since reading his book “Trump: The Art of the Deal.” The author finds it amusing that FNC’s CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes would be calling for The Donald to issue an apology for “an unprovoked attack” calling Megyn a “bimbo.”

Megyn is a “big girl” now. She does not need any white knight to save her: She is no damsel in distress. And, every FNC Twitterer that whines about how Trump is treating their nighttime queen makes Megyn look weak and feeble. Their “noble efforts” simply say she is not tough enough for the real world of politics: I.e., our queen can not go to battle or to war against the big boys.

Megyn can fight. And, so can “The Donald.” Let them fight: And, let them both get better ratings!

Cuomo Whacks Trump

July 20, 2015

Chris: The Donald’s “disposition, dyspepsia, and demagoguery.” If one watches New Day, s/he can tell immediately that ND co-host Chris Cuomo is no fan of the Celebrity Apprentice star and real estate magnate. In fact, the Cuomo scion evinces utter disdain for the leading GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Introducing a segment re surging Democratic insurgent Prez aspirant Bernie Sanders this morning, Chris facetiously queries, “Is Bernie Sanders the Democrat’s Donald Trump?” Taking a gratuitous shot at The Donald, he snarked, “No, not in disposition, dyspepsia, and demagoguery: But is he tapping into the passion of his party?”

Will Trump hit back at Mario’s boy? Tune in. It should be fun!

New Day07/20/15 (8:33 a.m. ET).

Gotta Laugh: Dana Pe-RINO Whine-o?

June 4, 2015

“And the Good News Is”: Rand Paul “has jumped the shark.” No surprise, George W. Bush’s self-proclaimed “number one fan” Dana Pe-Rino (as her Five co-anchor Eric Bolling former dubbed her) used her segment on the O’Reilly Factor to bash maverick Rand Paul, the libertarian, anti-establishment Republican from Kentucky. Now that W. has become more popular that the President in the latest poll, Dana is, apparently, trying to whack his brother Jeb’s rival Rand Paul with an inane allusion to the moment that Happy Days became irrelevant when Fonzi jumped the shark literally–and figuratively.

Dana may love Jasper and W.: But, she seemingly surely hates Ron Paul’s boy.The cute tomboy, who replaced dullard Scott McClellan, but who could never emulate the suave and debonair Ari Fleischer seems to be on a charm offensive on the Five and wherever she shows up on Fox News. But, if she is not careful, she should may well have to disclose her appearances as indirect donations to the the latest Bush iteration for President.

Tonight, on O’Reilly, Dana said that Rand has “jumped the shark.” Maybe, she is guilty of transference: Perchance, it is her beloved Bushes who have “jumped the shark.” After all, Jeb’s momma, Barbara Bush herself, said that the country had had “enough Bushes” in the White House.

“And the Good News Is”: Dana is a Bushie who herself may have jumped the shark as to her credibility with the GOP base.

[Author’s aside: “And the Good News Is” is a reference to Dana’s new book.]

Kilmeade: President’s “Badas* Glasses

April 23, 2015

POTUS: “Climate change can no longer be denied.” While Fox & Friends co-anchor Brian Kilmeade may not necessarily concur with the substance of President Obama’s take on global warming and its purported effect on the Everglades in Florida, he did like his style. After the mid-show began today with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon’s Earth Day jokes, a chuckling Brian remarked, “The President was in the Everglades with some nice…some badas* glasses.” [POTUS’s “badas* glasses pic.] As F&F co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck giggled “ooh” at Brian’s surprising choice of words, co-anchor Steve Doocy arched his eyebrows at Brian, deadpanning, “The President’s glasses?” Smiling, an unrepentant Brian haltingly riposted, “Did you see his glasses? They looked–very good!”

Kilmeade & Friends today? No, just a “badas*” Fox & Friends!

“Exposing Myself” Again? Agonized Geraldo Out!

June 7, 2013

“There were tears! My adult daughters were there with my wife….nasty super PACs…having to relive…details in my book. FNC “Geraldo at Large” host Geraldo Rivera announced today that he is not running as a GOP candidate for the New Jersey U.S. Senate seat left open after the recent death of Senator Frank Lautenberg.

As Geraldo’s usual Friday Fox & Friends weekly promo segment for his show concluded today, F&F co-host Brian Kilmeade queried, “Are you going to run for the Senate seat in New Jersey, Geraldo Rivera?”*

In reply, Geraldo revealed, “Last night, I met with my family….Looking at the lay of the land, running as a Republican in a Democratic state, I would have…had to have…tens of millions of dollars. I was willing to spend a substantial part of my own, our family’s savings but it would have been a very difficult road.”

Clarifying Geraldo’s quasi-definitive answer further, Brian pointedly asked, “You’re not running?”

Without equivocation, wannabe pol Geraldo asservated, “I am not running for Senate.”

Following up, Brian sympathetically probed, “But, it was really agonizing for you?”

Shaking his head mournfully, Geraldo declared, “It was agonizing. There were tears! My adult daughters were there with my wife. We were talking about going up against super PAC’s, nasty super PAC’s, unlimited funds in the opponent.” With a defiant wave of his hand to his probable detractors, he explained, “Having to relive all of the, the things that Gretch [en Carlson] read in my book [‘Exposing Myself’].”

Chuckling knowingly, Gretchen responded, “Alright. Tough decision. Thank you, Geraldo.”

*F&F – 06/07/13 (@ 8:12 a.m. ET)

“Ms. Cuomo”: I Will Forever Be the Goldie Hawn

April 28, 2013

Sandra Lee: “You’re just naughty, naughty guy, aren’t you?” Fox & Friends Weekend fill-in co-host Mike Jerrick had Food Network host Sandra Lee, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s live-in love, blushing and aflutter this morning. In a segment promoting Lee’s latest (25th) cook book entitled “Every Dish Delivers,” the long-tressed blond beauty saucily declared that mole was a chocolate sauce with a kiss, a kick with a kiss: When F&FW guest co-anchor Anna Kooiman seemingly responded, “You weren’t supposed to go there,” Lee laughed, “I meant that in the sweetest way.”

Ever the bawd, Mike mischievously remarked, “Speaking of kisses, are you still with the governor?” Reddening yet smiling, Lee riposted, “You’re just [a] naughty, naughty guy, aren’t you? Yes, I will forever be the Goldie Hawn of the cooking world!”

Milking the moment of Lee’s chagrin, a grinning Mike jibed, “It’s been going on for quite a few years now, Sandra.” Blushing all the more, Lee retorted, “Eight! And, he loves my chicken.” As Anna sweetly stepped in between Mike and Lee, an appreciative Lee jested, “I can always depend on my girlfriends to help me out. We’ll box you [Mike] right over.” Subsequently, she stammered, “Okay, so these are wonderful, um, uh, enchilada burritos. Now, you have me all flustered!”

In response, Mike facetiously exclaimed, “I’m sorry!” As almost an aside to her audience, Lee declared, “Look at what he does.”

Look indeed: “Naughty, naughty guy” Mike Jerrick may have got the goods. Even though she insisted that she would “forever be the Goldie Hawn of the cooking world,” the “all flustered” Lee sounded as if her new novel “The Recipe Box” (“with striking similaries to New York’s first couple” according to the WSJmay reveal the true story. I.e., she is expecting a marriage proposal from her politician bedfellow of almost decade.

Mark Levin Barks: Perino “Bushie…Jerk”!

April 3, 2013

Dana Perino snarks: Carson less credible. Republican divide: “RINO” vs. Reaganite? Yesterday, Five co-host Dana Perino, Bush 43’s former White House Press Secretary, took a sharp jab at Dr. Ben Carson, who had appeared Monday on conservative Reagan administration aide Mark Levin‘s show. In a segment entitled “Carson Fights Back” which featured the doctor who had said on the Mark Levin Show that “a lot of white liberals” who had challenged him for coming “off the plantation” are the “most racist people there are,” Dana concurred with her co-host Bob Beckel that liberals were not losing any sleep over Carson, adding, “He has burned through so much of his credibility. He’s on every talk show every evening….He’s everywhere!”

Not surprisingly, Levin did not take lightly to Perino’s putative putdown of his program and Carson’s appearance on it. Without naming her by name, Levin snarled, “One of the people on the Five, a female, she can barely contain herself that they would play a clip of this program on the Five. She’s a Bushie!…She said…that Dr. Carson doesn’t do himself any favors going on all these cable TV programs and radio programs and going on these programs where his best interests are not taken to heart. And this former Bushie on the Five to claim that I don’t have Dr. Carson’s best interests at heart is pathetic.”

Showing that the Reagan/Rockfeller (Bush) Republican rift is alive and well, Levin growled, “Folks, I am sick of the preening, elitist, country club Republicans who don’t have a clue! Some of us are in this battle to win. We are not apologists! We take on our opponents: We put on the brass knuckles. I don’t know what she has done for this country other than serve as a spokesman for a President. But, I can tell you that many of you and I, we have been the precinct workers, we have been the litigators, we have been the activists, long before people like her were ever on the public scene.”

Concluding his counterattack, Levin roared, “Ben Carson’s under attack. And, who attacks me? And, who attacks those of us who are trying to promote his message and defend him? This jerk on The Five–who obviously has his interests at heart. Obnoxious!”

The GOP battle for the White House in 2016 is on!

Smoldering Sambolin: “That’s So Wrong!”

October 12, 2012

Berman: If that’s why you’re Googling [Paul Ryan] shirtless, that’s, that’s your own business. Early Start co-host Zoraida Sambolin, the caliente CNN senorita too oft with the dress just a little too long and the heels just a little too short, let her fans know today that she is assuredly smoldering–even on the job. And, her co-anchor John Berman gave her good-natured grief for it.

During a post-V.P.-Debate segment, Zoraida and John interviewed Google Election Team member Abbi Tatton for trending Internet search terms as Vice President Joe Biden and GOP V.P. nominee Paul Ryan battled.* After Tatton indicated that “Biden,” “conflating,” “malarkey,” and “who is winning the debate” topped the list, John asked her also for what Google users searched in conjunction with the candidates names. In response, she noted that they looked for Biden’s age, his “laughing,” and his wife Jill whereas they were searching for something quite different with Ryan, e.g., “shirtless” and “workout.”

Meanwhile, a seemingly embarrassed Zoraida began to chuckle. Looking over at Zoraida, John teased, “This is during the debate people are saying, ‘Paul Ryan shirtless’?” In reply, Tatton disdainfully declared, “While they’re talking about Afghanistan, Iran, the ayatollahs, then people are searching for what does he look like without his shirt on.”

Defensively, Zoraida riposted, “Well, because it’s such a big deal that everybody’s talking about it. I gotta tell you [that] I must admit that I also Googled it.” Grinning, a reddening Zoraida added, “This was early on, though.”

Subsequently, in the following EP block, a smiling Zoraida introduced the very next story, saying, “Morning after the Vice Presidential debate and there’s a lot of talk about Paul Ryan pumping iron. It’s our late night laughs.”** After airing clips of late-night comics Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel mocking Ryan’s Time Magainze iron man poses with weights, Zoraida turned to a smirking John: Sheepishly, Zoraida insisted, “Alright, the intense fascination is because he works out to P90X which is really an intense workout.”

Shaking his head incredulously, John jested, “You know, you don’t have to explain yourself to me. If that’s why you’re Googling him shirtless, that’s, that’s your own business!”

Blushing, Zoraida retorted, “I did it for my job!” Chuckling, she playfully slapped John on the arm. After their shot had ended, an off-cam Zoraida exclaimed, “That’s so wrong!”

So wrong. Or, so right for a blossoming chemistry between Zoraida and John.

*Early Start – 10/12/12 (@ 5:54 a.m. ET)

**Ibid at @ 5:59 a.m. ET.

Kilmeade’s Odd Follow-up Fail

August 30, 2012

Brian’s silence: blinking or unthinking? Usually keen Fox & Friends co-anchor Brian Kilmeade seemed strangely “off his game” this morning as he interviewed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain about Republican nominee Governor Mitt Romney and the Republican convention. When Cain appeared ready to give him an inside scoop on pre-GOP-convention dirt, Brian bizarrely appeared to ignore it or to be blissfully oblivious thereof.

In a final query of his colloquy today with Cain, Brian asked Cain to tell him about the guy [Romney] that he had run against.* In a pregnant paean to Romney’s personality, Cain replied, “On the campaign trail…he was one of the most likable people….At one point there were nine of us. Okay?” With a mischievous spark in his eye, Cain continued, “Eight of us got along.”

When Cain concluded his answer, saying, “He [Romney] will basically show his likeability and his connectability [sic] tonight in his speech, Brian failed to follow up with the patently obvious question. Instead of asking which GOP candidate did not get along with him and the other seven GOP candidates, Brian oddly concluded, “And, we’ll see what kind of bounce he gets because the President is sitting just around the corner to take that bounce away.”

Blinking or unthinking? Perhaps, Brian feared that he might deflect his conservative audience’s attention from Governor Romney’s Republican coronation tonight. Or, maybe, he simply did not catch Cain’s clear implication. Regardless, a rare interview fail by Brian.

Fox & Friends – 08/30/12 (@ 7:56 a.m. ET)

Romney Speech Interrupted–by Karl Rove!

August 11, 2012

Romney: We’re gonna talk about aspirations and American ideas. Rove: “Hello?” Putative GOP nominee Mitt Romney was bizarrely interrupted today as he announced his new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan: the unlikely culprit, his Super PAC pal, GOP operative Karl Rove. When Romney was wrapping up his introduction of Ryan as aired on FNC, he said, “We’re gonna talk about aspirations and American ideas: Ironically, immediately, an off-camera Rove says, “Hello? Yes. Fine, how are you?”

Apparently, Rove’s FNC mike was hot and his phone was on during Romney’s oration. After Ryan’s subsequent address and commentary by FNC’s Bret Baier and Britt Hume, Rove appeared as a Fox News election special guest to discuss Romney’s selection of Ryan. But, neither he nor his interviewer Baier mentioned the odd blooper.

Karl Rove: “Call me, maybe”? Maybe, not.

*Fox & Friends (preempted during final hour)- 08/11/12 (@ 9:27 a.m. ET)

“Free…P*ssy”: Beckel Apologizes to GOP Chair

August 10, 2012

Bob: “By the way.” Today, The Five co-host Bob Beckel returned to FNC’s hit show after serving an apparent one-day suspension for calling GOP National Chairmain Reince Preibus a “free…p*ssy” Monday. In an “ad lib” during an “Obama vs. Romney” discussion segment, Bob revealed, “By the way, I talked to the chairman of the Republican National Committee  to tell him I was sorry for what I said.”*

“Bob’s Swear Jar”: a Romney contribution? He may be sorry. But, probably, not that sorry.

*Fox & Friends – 08/10/12 (video – 8:49/10:17)

Sarah Palin: Dick “Never Misfires”

July 31, 2012

Greta: “He’s not afraid to say things about the women.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney got “b*tch slapped” tonight on On the Record for his dis of the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as a “mistake” re her selection by 2008 Republican nominee John McCain as his running mate–by both Palin and host Greta Van Susteren. As if the blow-back from his daughter Liz were not enough for the “best VP ever.”

During her interview of Palin, Van Susteren gave the GOP base fave a chance to hit back hard at the Bush establishment’s Darth Vader. She asked, “Dick Cheney…said some words that he didn’t think that you were a particularly good choice 2008….Your response to Dick Cheney?”*

Grimacing and arching her eyebrows, Palin inhaled deeply and caustically said, “Well, seeings how Dick there.” Appearing to feign to catch herself in reverence for her ailing elder, Palin sarcastically continued, “Excuse me, Vice President Cheney never misfires, then evidently he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lame stream media…what I believe is a false narrative…and that’s a shame so he characterized me as being a mistake.”

Sympathetically, Van Susteren acerbically added, “I might note that Vice President Cheney took a little bit of a slap at Condaleeza Rice in his book, saying she got all teared up….He’s not afraid to say things about the women.”

And, these women are not afraid to say things back about “the man.”

*On the Record with Greta Van Susteren – 07/31/12 (@10:07 a.m. ET)

Update: Vid via Realclearpolitics.com.

Five’s Dana Perino: Greg Gutfield “A**hole”

June 12, 2012

She did a bad, bad thing. The Five‘s co-anchor Dana Perino is not necessarily quite as prim and proper as she may appear on air: Apparently, the former Bush 43 White House Press Secretary learned a certain coarse epithet from her former boss. As politicos may remember, then candidate George W. Bush infamously called a New York Times reporter an “a**hole” in an overheard whisper to his running mate, Dick Cheney: Today, Dana picked up the torch on The Five as she flung the scatological appellation at her co-host Greg Gutfeld with no regrets.

During a segment titled “America’s Shrinking Wealth,” Greg illustrated the sharp decline in American family net worth over the last six years with a photo of a very diminutive Dana juxtaposed to a towering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As her co-hosts laughed at the strange sight, a smiling Dana self-deprecatingly said, “I have to say ‘Somebody put me in a dryer when I was little.'” Adding his usual color commentary, co-anchor Bob Beckel remarked, “You [Greg] don’t have the courage to say this, in the break, Dana said–who I’ve known for years, never says a swear word–called you an a-hole.”

Animatedly unapologetic, Dana exclaimed, “And, America agreed!” Interjecting, co-host Andrea Tantaros jested, “And, if you were in Massachusetts, we would fine you $20.” Without a hint of remorse, Dana riposted, “Gladly!”

Blame Bush, Greg.

The Five – 06/12/12 (@ 5:17 p.m. ET)

Megyn Kelly: Jon Stewart “Mean and Unfair”

April 24, 2012

“What? Was that out loud?” Apparently, America Live anchor Megyn Kelly is no big fan of Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who has taken several acidic shots at her (e.g., her maternity leave and contraception coverage positions). In fact, Megyn dubbed the Comedy Central comedian “mean and unfair.”

In an AL panel discussion on the wisdom of President Obama’s appearing on comedy talk shows, Megyn questioned whether Jimmy Fallon would aggressively challenge the President on the issues in his appearance tonight on Fallon’s Late Night show. One of the panelists, humorist  Scott Blakeman responded, “I don’t know, but…Jon Stewart–who took my comedy class actually and he’s…a great guy…and Jon is a liberal like myself–gave…the hardest interview [that] President Obama has ever had….So, comedians can ask even better questions that even journalists sometimes.”*

With a sardonic smile, Megyn stammered, “I think, just FYI, I think, I think Jon Stewart needs to go back to your class and needs a refresher on how to do comedy, on how to do comedy–as opposed to being mean and unfair.”

In response to Megyn’s acerbic remarks, Blakeman insisted, “No, no, he’s great. He’s great. He’s very funny.” Continuing, he maintained, “No, no, he’s very funny. He’s a nice Jewish guy like me.”

Sensing that Blakeman’s adamant defense with unassailable by her distaff suasion, Megyn sweetly smiled and coyly chuckled, “What? Was that out loud? Huh? What? Sour grapes, anyone?”

Grapes or not, Stewart’s disses have seemingly left a sour taste in Megyn’s mouth.

*America Live – 04/24/12 (@ 2:38 p.m. ET)

F&FW’s St. Patrick’s Day Catfight

March 18, 2012

“Wow! Give her her own show! So, so rude!” Happy St. Patty’s Day? Fox & Friends Weekend celebrated the holiday with a virtual “catfight” today between two attractive GOP pundits. And, “moderator” Dave Briggs did not seem to mind the gals in green garb going at it: in fact, he seemed to rather relish it.

In a segment about whether Gingrich was hurting the GOP by staying in the race, Mitt Romney supporter and GOP strategist Dee Dee Benkie and Newt Gingrich pollster Kellyanne Conway  (both clad aptly in green short dresses for the day) debated whether Gingrich had a path to acquire the needed delegates.* Conway confidently contended that he did indeed via an open convention: But, Benkie countered that Romney was the inevitable nominee and that Gingrich should simply get on board a la “team players” (GOP Prez candidate also-rans) Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman. After Benkie responded with a rather prolix monologue, Dave appeared to give Conway the last word: But, Benkie would have none of it.

As Conway began to speak, citing Romney’s  new spike in negative ratings and crediting it to his negative campaign, Blinkie interrupted Conway with a vociferous defense of Romney. Trying to get a word in edgewise as Benkie continued unabated, Conway retorted, “See, this is very typical. They want to talk over you because there’s great frustration that it’s March 17th.” Before she could finish, Dave, trying to reestablish order, interjected, “We’re all wearing green. We can all agree on a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.” As Benkie continued to attack Gingrich for “helping the Democrats,” Dave put his hands out toward both her and Conway as if to stop their feral fight. Meanwhile, looking away from Benkie, Conway blinked her eyes in disgust, exclaiming, “Wow! Give her her own show. So, so rude! Wow!”

Meanwhile, a grinning Dave arched his eyebrows high, pursed his lips with an impish glint in his eye, and rubbed his hands together gleefully. With a smug smile, Benkie turned to Conway, saying, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” Amused, Dave answered, “And, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”  On that curvy couch, Conway was assuredly not happy: Miffed, she conspicuously ignored both of them and stoically stared straight ahead.

F&FW felines: St. Patty green and GOP “mean.” Rowr!

* Fox & Friends – 03/17/12 (@8:16 a.m. ET (or 8:16 a.m. ET)

Huck: McCain, Thompson “Not Smart Enough”?

January 13, 2012

FNC host Mike Huckabee: “Being called a liar by both John McCain and Fred Thompson…not good.” In his appearance on America Live this afternoon, anchor Megyn Kelly offered the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP Presidential candidate the chance to respond to the denials by both his former rivals John McCain and Fred Thompson to his claim that McCain had asked Thompson to stay in the race to help split the conservative vote to boost McCain’s chances.* Before doing so, Huckabee declared, “Being called a liar by both John McCain and Fred Thompson…is not good but, heck, I’ve been called worse by a lot of people, Megyn.”

Then, Huckabee explained, “I heard that news from my campaign chairman Ed Rollins who heard it from three different sources inside the [McCain] camp.” Deftly, he continued, “I thought it was a compliment in that it was a brilliant political move if they did it.” Then, with a sly smile, he snarked, “Now…if they weren’t smart enough to do it, then I apologize for giving them the benefit of being that smart.”

Ouch. Reagan’s 11th Commandment: Forgotten?

America Live – 01/13/12 (@ 1:19 p.m. ET)

[Author’s aside: For video of Thompson’s denial today on Fox & Friends, link here.]