Posts Tagged ‘Chris Wallace’

Chris Wallace: Obama Legally President?

January 20, 2009

Is Obama constitutionally President? Chris Wallace isn’t so sure. After saying earlier in FNC’s Presidential Inauguration coverage that “it’s going to take some getting used to to call him President Obama not President-elect,” Chris Wallace questioned whether he actually was the Commander-in-Chief.*

Noting the presidential oath flubbed by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Wallace said, “I have to say, I’m not sure that Barack Obama really is the President of the United States because the oath of office is set in the Constitution.” He added, “I wasn’t at all convinced that even after he tried to amend it that John Roberts ever got it out straight and that Barack Obama ever said the prescribed words.”

Nevertheless, Wallace concluded, “I suspect that everybody is going to forgive and allow him to take over as President: But, I’m not sure he actually said what’s in the Constitution there.” Britt Hume laughed that it if it ever got to the Supreme Court that Obama would have at least one vote, i.e., Chief Justice Roberts. Megyn Kelly jested, “That sounds like a case for Kelly’s court.”

*1:10 p.m. ET

Update (01/21/09): Cf. the blog of political pundit Craig Crawford (cited by Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy) for a view similar to that of Chris Wallace but a mite harsher toward the Chief Justice. Link:


Wallace: Aly’s Tough

November 15, 2008

Alisyn Camerota’s no Gretchen Carlson: just ask Chris Wallace. Accustomed to Gretch’s blandishments and flirtations, Chris wasn’t expecting a distaff Brian Kilmeade barb during his promo for his “Television & the Presidency” miniseries. After Clayton Morris lavishly lauded Chris’ five-part special and the segment came to a close, Chris added, “I’ll tell you, it’s really good: it’s really very good.” With her signature moxie Aly irreverently riposted, “We’ll be the judge of that.” To Aly’s surprised co-hosts Dave Briggs and Clayton, Chris aptly replied, “She’s tough.”

Indeed, Aly is noone’s shrinking violet.

“Cowboy Hats & Cigars”

October 31, 2008

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson titillated Chris Wallace anew during the Fox News Sunday promo. As Wallace was ending his plug, Steve Doocy asked, “If you were to dress up as, perhaps, a political figure or just a standard Halloween costume, what would a Chris Wallace dress up as?” Wallace responded, “I was thinking of the Joker.” Gretch tilted her head, played with her hair, and saucily added, “I thought that you liked cowboy hats and cigars.” Wallace shook his head, smiled sheepishly, wagged his finger, and replied, “We can’t keep talking about that, Gretchen: Mrs. Wallace is no longer amused at that conversation.”

The teasing tango continues.

Gretch Does “Palin” 4 Wallace

October 17, 2008

Ever ready to tease Chris Wallace, Gretch donned dark horn-rimmed glasses and had her hair in an updo. In the promo for Fox News Sunday, Brian Kilmeade asked Chris if Katie Couric had stolen Palin’s patented updo for the Al Smith dinner: when F&F juxtaposed pics of Couric and Palin, Chris said that they did look alike but that Katie had more bling. At the end of the segment, Gretch was doing her Palin.

Chris smiled and exclaimed, “Oh! Gretch playfully pouted, took off her glasses, and gave him the doe eyes. Chris said, “I got in trouble…with Mrs. Wallace, talking too much about Gretchen and the cowboy hat so I cannot comment on her looks.” As Gretch listened, she grinned broadly and said, “I remember.” Then she gave him a big wave, a western “Adios,” and wished him well in his interview with John McCain.

Gretch: “Let’s Not Bring That Up”

September 26, 2008

Tuesday Steve Doocy told the Fox & Friends viewers that Gretchen Carlson was away “on assigment” after her shellacking by Shepard Smith Monday. Today Brian Kilmeade and Steve welcomed Gretch back from the West Coast. No mention of the assignment or what that may have entailed was mentioned.

When Geraldo Rivera appeared later to promo his weekend show, he alluded to Shep’s cutting criticism of F&F indirectly. After Brian read a story about a bomb scare at the Philladelphia Phillies over some left-over foil-wrapped franks. Geraldo said, “Shepard Smith is going to complain about you reading that story: It’s all hotdogs!” Gretch responded, “Let’s not bring that up, shall we?

One can’t blame Gretch for wanting Shep’s appearance to remain in the can. An F&F segment hasn’t been panned that pointedly by an Fox News colleague on air since Chris Wallace zinged the F&F co-hosts for Obama bashing earlier this year. Moreover, Gretchen hasn’t been that dismissed since her attempted questioning of Jackie Mason in his earlier appearances.

Cowgal Gretch Lassoes Wallace

July 25, 2008

Fetchin’ Gretchen Carlson, clearly excited Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday (FNS) today. Alluding in his FNS promo to an earlier segment with Kinky Friedman with Gretch bedecked in a black cowboy hat and clutching a cigar with her lips, Chris panted, “Let me just say…I was thinking how to clean this up. Gretchen when you were wearing that cowboy hat and smoking that cigar you looked very fetching!” After Chris elaborated on his upcoming show in general, Gretchen re-enacted and accentuated her sultry cowboy/cigar look for Chris. He responded, “Oh! Mama! You should take that home for your husband tonight.” Brian Kilmeade interjected, “Hey, Chris! Is there a shower in that studio?”

Brian: “Beckham’s Boy Toy”?

July 18, 2008

Fox & Friends continues to portray manbag-toting, “guy-attentive” sportscaster and co-host Brian Kilmeade as a possible B(r)i-an Kilmeade. In its three-part interview with David Beckham, international soccer star, fashion icon, and straight/gay sex symbol, it intimates the blossoming of a “bromance” between the two. Gretchen Carlson, wife of Beckham’s agent, has robustly and relentlessly ribbed Brian about his attention to and affection for Beckham beyond the field. Steve Doocy has rolled his eyes and made a few jaunty jibes himself. Even Chris Wallace has tweaked Brian in a Fox News Sunday promo (kidding that he couldn’t get a Beckham interview), saying, “I’m not David Beckham’s boy toy: some people [i.e., Brian] are.” Taking it in stride, Brian has “blushed” and chuckled.

Even though Brian and Beckham are husbands and dads, it seems that both play off of a bi vibe to increase their popular reach. Putting them together for a much-hyped trio of interviews over two days seems to be a concerted effort to increase ratings by F&F in their target demographics. While F&F may draw more gays, it will probably not lose very many, if any, straights since it is a wink-wink, nod-nod, just-kidding approach.

One seems to hear echoes of a Seinfeld mantra.

Quiet Restored

March 28, 2008

After last week’s donnybrook on Fox and Friends, Chris Wallace made nice with F&F co-hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade. F&F hyped Chris’ upcoming promo in both yesterday and today’s shows. In that regard, at the end of the program yesterday, Brian sarcastically said, “[I] hope he likes our show leading up to his appearance.”

Today at the beginning of the final hour of F&F, Greta commented on fight video and said that some people might think it was they and Chris Wallace in costume. Brian said, “No, we didn’t have a fight: we were mugged.” He added, “Usually, you have an idea what’s happening before it happens.” Greta chimed, “Next time…I’m definitely going to wear my helmet when I know Chris Wallace is coming after me.”

In the last half hour of F&F, Steve introduced Chris for the anticipated sequel to the previous set-to. Chris stated, “Good morning, guys, and I just want to say that I’m looking forward to this segment with about the same sense of emotions I felt the first time I had a colonoscopy: so, please, please begin the procedure.” Then he went on to to mention a blog poll that said he would best Brian in a fight but that it showed that people have no idea what they’re voting on. He further self-deprecated, saying, “Despite the dimples, Brian would kick my hindquarters.”

After Chris finished his promo, Steve ask Chris about the Obama countdown and gave him a not-so-subtle dig, indicating that he was surprised that Barack had not agreed to be on Chris’s show after last Friday’s hubbub. Chris responded, “No, it didn’t work.” Greta ribbed Chris that he could submit questions for Obama to F&F since it had had Barack on twice earlier: Chris good-naturedly replied that he could do that or go to the View. Then he queried, “We’re all ok?” He told Steve that he had heard that he was “ticked” and Steve denied the obvious. Greta left Chris with “hugs and kisses only.”

All is well again on the FNC front. Chris Wallace (and Ainsley Earhardt) are safely back in the fold. Quiet has been restored.

FNC: Hush, Hosts!

March 26, 2008

After Chris Wallace flailed Fox & Friends co-hosts for “Obama-bashing” last Friday, he was chided for his “faux pas” by a Fox exec via email according to TV Newser. Chris said, “It was in the sense that, isn’t this the kind of thing we should be talking about off camera, not on camera?” He added, “I emailed him back and said, ‘I think you’re generally right, and I’m not going to make a habit of it.'” According to the HuffPo, he contritely called in to Brian Kilmeade’s radio show and indicated that he still believed the substance of his criticism but that he might do if off camera if he had it over to do again. Chris will address the intramural row for the first time with Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson, the Barack “bashers,” during his weekly show promo this Friday according to TVNewser.

Fox News should embrace anew its motto, “We Report: You Decide.” FNC should report its personnel changes on Fox & Friends. (I.e., when will it announce who its new co-hosts on Fox & Friends are and where Page Hopkins is?) To silence Ainsley Earhardt as to her benign, kind correspondence with viewers and Chris Wallace as to his frank, honest on-air exchange with colleagues seems to show FNC as a smug, self-satisfied, secretive cable news network. It rose in record time to the top of the heap by being fan-friendly, spontaneous, and self-deprecating: if it continues to lose these attributes, it can expect to commensurately lose its audience.


Gretch Grates

March 21, 2008

Gretchen Carlson, co-host of Fox & Friends, had a blond moment when she criticized Obama for using the term “typical white person.” As Steve Doocy, the blond-haired guy who is not Brian Kilmeade, opined that Hillary could not get away with calling one, “a typical Irish person” or “a typical black person,” his Swedish co-hort apparently thought that Obama had used this appellation in his well-received race relations speech after the Rev. Wright brouhaha. Gretchen indicated that Obama and his advisers must have considered various terms and decided on this controversial rubric for a reason: she went on and on in an embarrassingly emotive fashion to the chagrin of her knowing co-hosts. (In reality, Obama had compared his beloved grandmother to a “typical white person” extemporaneously in an interview on a Philly sports show when explaining his much-maligned reference to his nana in his earlier oration.)

At the end of one Obama segment, Brian Kilmeade walked off the set. reported that he did so in a serious row with his co-hosts. However, any faithful viewer of F&F knows that Kilmeade does this for entertainment value on a regular basis.

However, the HuffPost was right when it related how Chris Wallace chastised the F&F co-hosts for “Obama-bashing.” He did so seriously and at length. Brian Kilmeade defended himself and accurately stated that he had gone to bat for Obama. Chris Wallace said that he had not heard Brian’s comments in that regard. As the segment ended, Steve asked Chris if he were going to tell people not to watch F&F again, and Chris replied that he would not but that he had been unhappy with F&F’s take on Obama. Then he added that he still loved F&F. Doocy icily responded that Chris had a funny way of showing it.