Posts Tagged ‘Fox News Sunday’

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.

F&FW: The Tony Snow Show

July 12, 2008

Another media giant has fallen. Tony Snow, co-creator of Fox News Sunday, host of his eponymous radio show, and presidential speech writer (Bush 41) and press secretary (Bush 43) died early this morning of colon cancer at the age of 53. He is remembered as a man of good will toward all, including his political foes, who cherished God, his country, and his family above all else. Among the luminaries feting Tony today on Fox & Friends Saturday were President George H.W. Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush, Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, NPR commentator and FNC contributor Juan Williams, and Roll Call executive editor and Beltway Boys co-anchor Mort Kondracke.

President George W. Bush also weighed in. Fox News’ Washington bureau correspondent Julie Kirtz read his eulogizing statement which said, “Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend, Tony Snow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jill and their children….The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father and America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character….All of us here at the White House will miss Tony as well as the millions of Americans he inspired with his brave struggle against cancer. One of the things that sustained Tony Snow was his faith and Laura and I join people across our country praying that this good man has now found comfort in the arms of his Creator.”

Today F&F’s A-Team did not step in as it had when Pope Benedict XVI visited the U.S. and when NBC’s Meet the Press legend Tim Russert died. However, F&F’s B-Team stepped up to the plate today: Ainsley Earhardt, Dave Briggs, and Clayton Morris acquitted themselves well and maintained a sober and respectful atmosphere. Even tragedy-averse Courtney Friel seemed subdued and did her best to dignify Tony’s death.

F&FW, a job well done: Tony deserved it.