Posts Tagged ‘John Moody’

O’Reilly: F&F “Cartoon Show”

December 3, 2010

Fox & Friends: Fox News’ Rodney Dangerfield? Two years ago, FNC’s Executive Veep of News Editorial John Moody called the number one cable morning news show “an entertainment show that does some news.” Last night, Fox News ratings king and O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly went one step further and laughed that it was a “cartoon show.”*

During the O’Reilly Factor “News Quiz” segment with Fox & Friends co-anchor Steve Doocy and American Morning co-host Martha MacCallum, O’Reilly asked the name of “The Simpsons” newscaster. When Doocy accurately answered, “Kent Brockman,” O’Reilly chuckled, “I figured you’d watch a cartoon show, Doocy.” Then in a jest to the audience, he sniped, “He does one: he watches one.”

“Hey, hey, hey!” protested Steve. Coming to her morning colleague’s support, Martha cocked her head and arched her eyebrows at O’Reilly, exclaiming, “Ooooh!” Putting his tongue literally in his cheek, O’Reilly replied, “Alright. Cheap shot. I’m sorry!”

Friendly fire?

*O’Reilly Factor – 12/02/10 (@ 7:51 p.m. ET)

F&F Rally Redux?

November 5, 2009

Another Fox News producer rallying another crowd? It certainly appeared so. However, it may not be a big deal this time. Earlier, an FNC producer got into trouble with her bureau chief because she was caught rallying a Tea Bag Party crowd for Griff Jenkins during a Glenn Beck show. Today, a young man who looked like a FNC producer was seen similarly goading the troops on the U.S.S. New York into enthusiastic applause with a like hand gesture for the F&F program held on deck.*

It may be no big deal if F&F is primarily an entertainment show vis-a-vis a news program. In defending his popular morning news program for airing caricatures of New York Times staffers last year, former FNC Exec VP of News Editorial John Moody did contend that F&F is an “entertainment show that does some news.” However, in a Tweet to the author (defending his failure to wear a Phillies uniform for an entire as to a lost bet to his colleague Clayton Morris), F&F Weekend co-host Dave Briggs acerbically asserted, @Jakeho that’s absolutely ridiculous, Clayton never said I’d wear the uni for 3 hours, we actually have a job to do, we are a news show.” [Italics added for emphasis.]

The manufactured approbation is probably no big deal but it seemed to blur the line needlessly between news and entertainment. (One could almost imagine being on a game show with the lighted sign blinking, “Applause! Applause! Applause!”) Since the hearty clapping seemed to be for F&F itself vis-a-vis any patently political point, perhaps, it was indeed adiaphorous. Nevertheless, the apparent F&F producer conjured up today memories of that earlier censured producer.

Fox & Friends (11/05/09) – @8:12 a.m. ET

Aly Shines on AN: Keep Her on F&FW

September 25, 2009

“If you’re all alone, pick up the phone….Who you gonna call?” With Megyn Kelly, America’s Newroom co-host, gone and Bill Hemmer all alone, FNC’s SVP, Bill Shine, did indeed pick up the phone. And who did he call? Nope, not Ghostbusters–but Alisyn Camerota.

Shine’s morning go-to gal is definitely Alisyn Camerota. Whether she is captaining Fox & Friends Weekend, “filling in” on Fox & Friends weekday, or co-hosting an FNC morning show, Shine knows that Aly will come through for him. However, Shine should realize that the F&F franchise is the one most ready made for Aly.

Former FNC Executive VP of News Editorial John Moody stated, “[Fox & Friends is] an entertainment show that does some news.” Whereas he was waxing overly hyperbolic, F&F needs someone to both entertain and enlighten. Aly fits that bill superbly.

Ergo, if Shine needs Aly in a pinch, then, by all means, he should use her. However, he should not take her indefinitely from the morning show where she is at her very best. With his team depth, he should turn his eyes to potential starters like Juliet Huddy, Patti Ann Browne, or Ainsley Earhardt. Or, he could give lesser known talents like Domenica Davis, Lauren Sivan, or Dari Alexander a chance.

Hopefully, Aly’s appearance is apparitional and another’s will be aspirational.

F&FW Fools Fans?

June 15, 2009

After a less hurried second viewing by the author, the depth of deception of Fox & Friends Weekend yesterday morning appears greater than the author originally thought. What were the producers of F&FW thinking? Amazingly, they seemed to try to convince later risers that the second showing of co-anchor Alisyn Camerota’s interview of television legend Betty White was live.

The co-hosts’ script and the interview presentation seemed to clearly suggest that the second segment was live. E.g., even though the actual interview aired at 6:51 a.m. ET, at 7:57 a.m. ET Aly previewed the second showing saying, “Of course, you know Betty White from the Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Show: She’s gonna be here on Fox & Friends to talk about her new movie and her very long, fun career.” In a second promo at 8:12 a.m. ET, Aly said, “Coming up, her new movie is about to hit the big screen but first Betty White joins us here on Fox & Friends.” In the final one at 8:19 a.m. ET, co-host Dave Briggs stated, “Coming up, she steals the scenes in the new movie the Proposal….Betty White, one of the Golden Girls, joining us next.” After the commercial break, the interview ran again at 8:23 a.m. ET as if it were live with no voice-over or chyron to alert the viewer otherwise. After the repeat (which included Betty fans with Betty shirts) concluded, Clayton Morris pointed to the off-camera set and commented, “I want one of those shirts.” Looking in the same direction, co-anchor Dave Briggs commented, “It pays to wear you Betty White shirt.”

Even if former FNC Executive Vice President of News Editorial John Moody was right when he declared, “[Fox & Friends is] an entertainment show that does some news,”* F&FW fans do not expect fiction or legerdemain from it. They expect F&FW to play it straight with them even when the matter may seem insignificant. F&FW is becoming a quality show again: No need to regress!