Posts Tagged ‘hillary clinton’

WOMAN: “Whoa”man or “Woah”man?

January 19, 2010

True feminists: Pants or no pants? For AM’s Christine Romans vs. F&F’s Gretchen Carlson, that is the question. This morning, American Morning biz babe Chistine Romans and Fox & Friends comely co-host Gretchen Carlson seem to disagree on true feminism. I.e., whether the true path to gender equality is to mimic a man or to embrace one’s feminine power.

On AM today, Christine gleefully trumpeted AM New York‘s “Now She Wears the Pants” article on the “rise of wives” as to the increasing percentage of women who earn more than their husbands and who are better educated. (Christine’s implicit position seemed to be that the sexist trope “wearing the pants” was worthy of aspiration since it exemplified one’s greater worth within the familial unit and culture as a whole.) However, on F&F this morning, Gretchen (after the show began to the American Idol rap of “Pants on the Ground, Pants on the Ground), riantly remarked, “Who’d have thunk that that would be our motto since I never wear pants. At least, at work!” (Gretchen’s implied message seemed to echo her colleague Ainsley Earhardt who famously declared, “See, here at Fox, we like to be feminine so we don’t wear the pants.”)

As insignificant as it may seem, the newswomen’s different assertions actually mirror the current debate between the old school feminists and their postmodern counterparts. In other words, whether to mimic the “old boys” for success in the workplace or to embrace their own sexuality to achieve their own empowerment. In this arena, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama appear to have chosen different paths.

Sharpton: Reid Forgiven, Clinton Next

January 11, 2010

On Fox & Friends today, Reverend Al Sharpton gave Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a much needed boost and put former President Bill Clinton on notice. First, he defended Reid’s 2008 anachronistic-at-best description of then Senator Barack Obama  as a “‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect'” as “clearly a misstatement.” [This detail is contained in Game Change authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.] Second, Sharpton contrasted it with those of former GOP Majority Leader Trent Lott and former President Bill Clinton. Further, unexpectedly, he indicated that he would be calling President Clinton to account (which would probably take the spotlight off of Reid).

In his interview with F&F co-anchor Steve Doocy, Sharpton contended that Reid’s statement paled in comparison to that of Lott. He stated, “To say that what he [Reid] said is near anywhere comparable…to what Trent Lott said is insulting to the American people. Trent Lott commended a Dixiecrat [1948 prez nominee Senator Strom Thurmond] for running for office, who left the Democratic Party to run to fight integration. How do you compare Trent Lott (saying that I wish this guy Thurmond we’d had those days where blacks would have been at the back of the bus, because that’s what the guy was running on) to a guy [Reid] saying why a guy could be elected President?”

Subsequently, Steve asked Sharpton about a former President Bill Clinton’s controversial quote contained in Game Change. (Clinton allegedly tried to solicit an endorsement for his wife Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic prez primaries from Senator Ted Kennedy: in doing so, Clinton allegedly commented, “A few years ago, this guy [Obama] would have been getting us coffee.”) Sharpton responded, “That is far more disturbing to me than even the comments that were made by Mister Reid….If someone said that he would have been getting us coffee like that in the context they said he said it, that would be very offensive to me. And, I would definitely take Mr. Clinton on as I did in South Carolina [when] he made some statements that I felt was wrong.”

As a follow-up, Steve queried, “I remember. It was in the news. You gonna call him up?” Sharpton replied, “He hasn’t call me so I guess that I will have to make the call.

D&C Do “Courtney”

January 10, 2010

Not again, Dave & Clayton! Just when Fox & Friends Weekend viewers thought that co-hosts Dave Briggs and Clayton Morris were gaining their sea legs and establishing their separate identities, they re-embraced their Doublemen Twin avatars in the very first segment of the show today. Happily, their sexy tutor Alisyn Camerota was there again to save the day for her F&FW audience.

In the trio’s discussion of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s new book, “Game Change,” they turned to the passage about former President Bill Clinton’s purported slam of then Senator Barack Obama (in a conversation with Senator Teddy Kennedy in an effort to secure Kennedy’s endorsement of then Senator Hillary Clinton for President). After showing on screen Clinton’s cited quote, saying, “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Dave stated that Kennedy got so turned off by such negativity that he switched his support to Obama. Interestingly, when Aly asked, “But what does that comment mean?,” Dave replied, “Well, I don’t think that’s racial: that’s experience.” Echoing Dave, Clayton chimed, “It just meant his experience.”

After their bald assertions, Aly delicately observed, “I think that’s giving him the benefit of the doubt. That’s great, and you may be right that.” Insisting he was indeed, Dave interrupted, “I don’t take anything racial from that.” Once again, Clayton reverberated, “Yeah.” Not completely cowed, Aly continued, “But it’s still sort of a nasty comment.” Seemingly, not satisfied with Aly’s lack of assent, Dave insisted, “I think that he would have said that about any low level staffer or representative.” Immediately, Clayton concurred, “Yeah. He was making the point that it’s just lack of experience.”

Unfortunately, the Doublemen Twins sounded like Courtney Friel vacuously opining about the healthcare plan. Not racial? Why did a “fuming” Senator Kennedy recount the quote to a friend and, further, switch his support to Obama? About lack of experience? Would a past Harvard Law Review president and University of Chicago School of Law constitutional law professor likely be subserviently serving Bill Clinton and Teddy Kennedy coffee? (As an aside, perhaps, both Dave and Clayton forgot about Bill Clinton’s stirring the racial pot in his comparison of Obama’s 2008 South Carolina Democratic presidential primary victory to prior ones by Jesse Jackson.)

The author was beginning to believe that the boys were able to fly on their own (and let Aly soar to new heights). At least, for today, it was not to be.

Palin: Was the AMFix In?

November 17, 2009

Even if she was on Oprah, SARAH PALIN WILL NOT BE PRESIDENT! American Morning viewer, if you did not get the message in the first hour, it was repeated in a less than subliminal fashion throughout the next two hours. Before each of its three Sarah Palin segments (two by Carol Costello and another by Christine Romans), a clip of Conan O’Brien’s monologue on the Tonight Show was run.

[In the selected snippet, Conan joked, “The other day Sarah Palin said that she would like to have coffee with Hillary Clinton. Now, Hillary is saying she looks forward to it. The two have agreed to meet at the Never Will Be President Cafe.”]

If the Palin slights had stopped at Conan’s comedy, they would have seemed insignificant. However, Carol’s “Palin vs. Oprah” story (which ran twice) seemed to go over the top to discount Palin’s appearance on the talk show queen’s program yesterday. In the promo to Carol’s segment, AM co-host Kiran Chetry had said, “It was Sarah Palin and Oprah: Very interesting, very interesting sit-down interview. And, we’re gonna have Carol Costello join us: she sat down with Libertarians, Independents, Democrats, and Republican women, and said, ‘Hey, what did you think?” However, when Carol appeared after the break, she remarked, “I sat down with four very sharp women, and you know what they thought of the interview? Boring!”

Then she said, “I talked with these four women, a Republican, a Libertarian, a Conservative, and an Independent to watch [sic] Palin vs. Oprah. We chose not to talk to a Democrat because Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to be trying to win over Democrats.” More telling, and, perhaps, a bit damning, she added, “Let’s face it: We know what Democrats think of Sarah Palin.” (She failed to note that according to most polls, approximately 80% of the media votes Democratic.)

Furthermore, Carol did not tell the  viewer how these four women in the focus group were chosen nor their particular political proclivities. E.g., she did not apprise the audience that the Independent Leighann Lord, who claimed that Palin had “almost trivialized the serious decision of abortion,” has been a pro-Obama HuffPo blogger. Moreover, Carol’s other three panelists appeared to be coastal “country club” Republicans at best: one (Jamie Maarten) was an Ivy League Libertarian prez who proclaimed that Palin “was well-spoken” (but cattily added “she did look nice but I feel it stops there”); the second (Marianna Picciocchi) was a “conservative” attorney who asserted that the interview was “boring” and later admitted that her friends, “of course, are all liberal”; and the third (Joyce Giuffra) was a former press secretary of failed GOP nominee Bob Dole, who indicated that she would not be buying the book but clairvoyantly discerned that “supposedly in a 432-page book, only 13 pages were dedicated to policy issues.” Incredibly, Carol stated that these women wanted “substance” [political]–from an Oprah interview. (Perhaps, they prefer their news from Oxygen as well.)

This segment should be an embarrassment to correspondent Carol Costello, American Morning, and, by extension CNN. Perhaps, AM executive producer Jamie Kraft did not get the memo from CNN news chief Jonathan Klein. According to the New York Post, Klein wants CNN “to position itself as an opinion-free, middle-of-the-road alternative to its cable news rivals — conservative Fox News and liberal MSNBC.”

American Morning should have followed Klein’s admonition and played it down the middle. AM is a good show with excellent anchors and gifted correspondents. Its viewers deserved better today. Hopefully, they will get it tomorrow and in the future.

F&F Bashes Burton Back

April 3, 2009

Sex sells: White House rails! After Fox News reported that the White House had given out a sex chat phone number accidentally to journalists for an “on-the-record briefing call with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…to discuss the NATO summit,” Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton was not amused. He acerbically asserted, “A corrected phone number on a press release is probably one of the stupider things FOX News has covered lately.”

Today Fox & Friends hit back. In the show’s first segment, F&F co-anchor Gretchen Carlson stated, “I think it’s totally immature what he said.” Co-host Steve Doocy declared, “Well, Bill, get the number right in the first place and we won’t talk about it!” Carlson continued, “We always commented during the campaign about how nice he was to come on our show, and [sic] how young he was, and how successful he was to have that position but this is an immature line: He’s showing his age by saying a comment like that!”

Later, in the final hour during Geraldo Rivera’s weekly program promo, Steve brought up the issue again. Of Geraldo, Gretch asked, “Why does he [Burton] have to be immature like that?” Geraldo responded, “It’s surly, it’s gratuitous, [and] it’s a cheap shot.”

Fox & Friends or Fox & Fiends? Carpe Diem reports: You decide.

Caroline Kennedy “Dud”?

January 22, 2009

Fox & Friends co-hosts Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy gave Caroline Kennedy little comfort the morning after she unexpectedly withdrew from the Governor Paterson’s consideration for Hilliary Clinton’s open NY Senate seat for “personal reasons.” However, Brian Kilmeade, who had recently spoken with JFK’s daughter, kindly commented, “Maybe, she was really, really having a hard time with personally wondering if she really wanted this job in the first place.” Immediately, Gretchen replied, “Oh, I don’t think that’s what it was.”

Later Gretchen further opined, “I think that she had this job in the tank along time ago and she messed it up.” Steve interjected, “She was a dud!” Gretchen continued, “She doesn’t have the personal charisma and skills to be a politician: Let’s just face it!”

Brian, you may have a slight change for a follow-up with Kennedy on your radio show: However, don’t count on booking her for F&F!

Gretch: Gimme Some Skin!

December 8, 2008

Emotively exuberant, Fox & Friends co-host, Gretchen Carlson, this morning exhorted Pundit Pit participant, the Daily Beast’s John Batchelor,  to give her a high five. After his postulation that New York Governor David Paterson would likely pick Caroline Kennedy as Hillary Clinton’s replacement as junior NY U.S. Senator because of political expediency, Gretchen raised her hand and raved, “Best point of the day, John! Give me some skin!” The gray-haired columnist hesitantly lifted his hand and did so.

Her exchange reminded the author of her asking Shepard Smith for the secret handshake to make up with him after he dissed F&F over its coverage of a bogus airport threat: He looked at her with seeming disdain and said, “I don’t know the handshake.” Perhaps, more a propos is her seeking similar “skin” approbation from co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on occasion: they both seem to respond reluctantly to her request with awkward attempts to acquiesce.

As a former Miss America who was inspired to enter the competition by the ebony beauty Vanessa Williams, the vanilla lovely need only to compete on her own terms. No need to chew the scenery for effect. Just be natural, Gretch!

Obama’s Freudian Hillary Slip?

November 7, 2008

When Obama took his gratuitous “seance” swipe at Nancy Reagan was he subconsciously still jabbing at Hillary Clinton? At his first post-election press conference Obama said, “In terms of speaking to former presidents, I’ve spoken to all of them that are living: I would say President Clinton.” When the press laughed at his slip, Obama added, “Hey, I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any seances.”

While Nancy Reagan did consult an astrologer, it was Obama’s bitter rival Hillary Clinton who claimed to have spoken with her mentor and deceased predecessor Eleanor Roosevelt.

Obama “Salutes” McCain

November 3, 2008

At a Jacksonville, FL, rally of supporters on election eve, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama “saluted” his Republican opponent John McCain for his hard-fought campaign. As Obama spoke of McCain, he rubbed the left side of his face with his right hand’s forefinger and then his middle finger in a possible road rage gesture.* One is transported in time to Raleigh, N.C., where Obama gave a similar gesticulation when touching the right side of his face as he criticized his primary foe Hillary Clinton to a receptive audience.

Perhaps, Obama should stick to the old basketball “rattling of the keys” as a way of saying goodbye to his political opponents.



Kiran, “Last Word”?

September 8, 2008

American Morning co-host Kiran Chetry gave conservative’s national political reporter Amanda Carpenter the “last word.” Or did she? In today’s debate segment between Hilary Rose (lib Huffington Post’s Political Director and Dem strategist) and Amanda, Kiran appeared to take it back to a degree.

In Kiran’s last question to Rose, she asked how Hillary Clinton could counter Sarah Palin’s star power without attacking her? Rose said that Hillary would go after Palin on the issues and decried Palin as a “kind of protege of Phyllis Schlafly and the right wing, the government making decisions for women and their families.” Kiran asked, “Amanda, last word?”

When Carpenter began to laud Palin as to her reformer status, her energy policy, and her fight against corruption in the Republican party, Kiran interjected an interrogatory on Palin-accepted earmarks (as mayor) that Rose had not even raised. In light of Rose’s immediately prior slam on Palin’s pro-life views, Kiran’s query seemed to echo a perceived CNN bias against the pro-life Alaskan governor and GOP vice-presidential nominee. Hopefully, not.

Kiran, last word?

Kiran, Whoopi, & “Renaissance Man”

September 1, 2008

American Morning’s co-anchor Kiran Chetry gave Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of The View, an unchallenged soapbox as to the presidential election. E.g., when Whoopi tried to compare the “reconciliation” of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, she said, “The Republicans are going to do the same thing; Rudy Giuliani was not a fan of John McCain’s; [and] now they going to be best buds.” Kiran agreed. Whoopi added, “They’re going to be, you know, huggy, huggy [three air kisses and embracing arms miming Rudy’s lovefest with McCain].” Kiran saucily said, “I’d like to see that if that actually happened.”

Even though the AM segment may have been a facsimile of a typical The View segment sans Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Kiran should have challenged Whoopi as to her assertion that Rudy was not a fan of McCain’s: in fact, they are good friends. During one of the Republican debates, Rudy said that he would be for McCain if he were not in the race. To make matters worse, the segment followed Kiran’s unchecked gushing over “Renaissance Man” Al Gore to Alina Cho, who reported on “The Return of Al Gore.”

Kiran, Kiran. A bit too much Whoopi and uberlib loving Friday.

Shep: “Party Unity My Ass”

August 27, 2008

Roger Ailes “Go-To Guy” Shepard Smith eschewed the Victorian verbiage of his more “highbrow” FNC colleagues, e.g., Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, etc., today on Studio B today. In a political panel discussing whether Hillary Clinton’s supporters were warming to Barack Obama after Hill’s speech last night, one of the panelists mentioned that yesterday PUMA leaders’ said that she still had a chance. Shep cheekily interrupted, “I have to let people know what acronyms mean: PUMA is Party Unity My Ass.”

No New York hoity-toity euphemism for the hoi polloi from that Southern Rebel.

* 2:20 p.m. ET

“Desperado” Gretchen

August 21, 2008

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson gave her audience a Bushologism. During her interview with former Clinton Communications Director and Fox News contributor Howard Wolfson, Gretch asked, “A lot of people said that the only way that he [Barack Obama] would pick Hillary is if it were desperado: But, in the last twenty-four hours it looks a little bit more desperado, doesn’t it?” Obviously, Gretch should have said “desperate.”

Surely, the Stanford grad with honors knows that a desperado is one that is in dire straits (an obsolete definition) or a violent malefactor.

Barbie Runs 4 Prez

June 29, 2008

Today Fox & Friends newreader Courtney Friel took a page out of Hillary Clinton’s fashion bible. In her gray pantsuit, Barbie shows her Presidential candidate look. Barbie can be anything that she wants to be: astronaut, doctor, supermodel, and, yes, President. However, the wardrobes are not equally flattering: today, the poor lass looks like she had a late night on the town and threw on her sweats when the doorbell rang. Being eye candy is not easy!

Buttoned-Up AM

June 9, 2008

Is the fashion guru of Hillary Clinton whispering fashion advice into the ears of American Morning’s crew? Does a woman still have to ape a man in appearance to succeed? Please! Kyra Phillips wore a midi skirt just above her knee once again, today, with a white top that had a faux Mao collar done Elvis-style. Gasp! She did have one button undone. Alina Cho was even more conservative with her similar collar turned down and fully buttoned. The twins in white matched John Roberts’ shirt in color and almost in style. AM needs to remember the French phrase as to the sexes, “Viva la difference!” Especially, when it come to their resident Aphrodite, Kiran Chetry. Speaking of whom, when will she reappear?

F&F Bashes Christians?

June 3, 2008

In a series of strange subtitles yesterday, Fox & Friends presented Harriet Christian’s frustrated rant against the Dems’ Rules Committee for its Michigan delegate decision (in a segment on the Clinton/Obama race). On Fox & Friends First, producers named the segment “Racial Rant” which changed to “Christian Spouts Off” which transmuted to “Racial Rant: Christian Spouts Off At DNC Meeting.”

Not catching the raver’s name, I sent a missive to F&F decrying the subtitle which appeared rather “anti-Christian.” When the regular Fox & Friends played the sound bite later, it added “Harriet Christian Clinton Supporter” briefly in an apparent attempt to explain the subtitle. Even knowing the name, the subtitle seems odd at best because the ranter is a virtual unknown. Furthermore, the rubric remained well beyond discussion of Christian.

One may wonder if the fires of race and religion were being fueled in a subtle, sensational manner. In this election season especially, those issues need no stoking. The “fair and balanced” network can do better.

No, She Can’t

May 25, 2008

For Fox & Friends Sunday, is Hillary Clinton’s fate sealed? (Hillary has been under major fire and seen as, perhaps, imploding with her explanation of her staying in the race citing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June of 1968.) In a segment on the Titanic, F&F “mistakenly” included her photo. F&FW co-hosts Dave Briggs, Clayton Morris, and Ainsley Earhardt made light of the insertion: Clayton and Ainsley noted that Hillary was not on the Titanic. However, was there a subliminal statement that her ship has sunk?

Alisyn: Doocy “Parroting” Clinton Campaign

May 8, 2008

Regretfully, pressing matters have precluded me recently from blogging: sorry, gals and guys. As I sat down this evening to begin to wade through my F&F backlog for an entry, serendipity struck: the segment “Can Hil Hang On?” in the very first minute of Fox & Friends First provided the following nugget. As a preface, you may have read in an earlier post, “Murdoch: Crazy Like A Fox” that Steve Doocy tends to echo Hillary Clinton’s talking points.

In the very first minute or two of today’s F&F First, the co-hosts discussed Hillary’s fate. In a segment subtitled “Can Hil Hang On,” Steve said that Hillary should fight it through, that he would ride “that baby” up to the convention, and that there might be an “October surprise.” To Steve Ali Camerota aptly replied, “That’s her campaign’s exact attitude: you’re parroting it perfectly.” Brian Kilmeade added, “Could we take Steve’s temperature?” Exactly.

Had the lovely Ali read my Rupert Murdoch article before using my exact description of Steve’s “parroting” of the Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the race against Barack Obama? Maybe: maybe, not. Regardless, she stated the obvious.

Murdoch: Crazy Like A Fox

May 2, 2008

Ever since Rupert Murdoch gave Hillary Clinton a big NY fundraiser, FNC has begun to cozy up to the former First Lady. On Fox & Friends, Steve Doocy parrots her talking points (e.g., “Why can’t he close the deal?”) and Gretchen Carlson echoes Hill’s spurious claim to the popular vote majority: Brian Kilmeade is the sole co-host who gives Barack Obama a break. Fox News has run the Rev. Jeremiah Wright sound bites ad nauseum and Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity continuously and shamelessly bash Obama.

FNC’s strategy has paid off. The once scorned network by Democratic presidential candidates has received kudos for being the fairest cable news network from PA Governor and Clinton supporter Ed Rendell and was lauded as “fair and balanced by Hillary Clinton Campaign Chair Terry McAuliffe. Furthermore, Bill O’Reilly got his much sought after Hillary Clinton interview which garnered sky-high ratings.

Is Rupert Murdoch really for Hillary? If FNC beats up the latest “candidate of hope,” maybe Obama will be so damaged that John McCain will win. To top it off, he’ll be in good stead with the Clinton machine. Crazy like a fox!

O’Reilly’s Race Rant

April 9, 2008

Lately Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly Factor’s host and Fox New’s night-time king, seems to be on an anti-Obama tear. He is constantly bringing up Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s comments and talking about a white backlash. E.g., his 04/07/08 show led with this purported white backlash. In his interview with Geraldine Ferraro on that program, he treated her with kid gloves and did not ask her if her Obama comment were a part of the Clinton campaign that seems to be making race an issue. Later, when he questioned the Chicago Tribune’s syndicated columnist Clarence Page, an African-American, thrice, he asked, “Do you feel sorry for her (Ferraro)?” O’Reilly and his fellow FNC star and co-host of the Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity, seem to be working in tandem to torpedo Barack Obama’s candidacy in the primary season, and, if that fails, in the general election. Clintonian triangulaton may yet be at work.