Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Palin’

O’Reilly’s Twilight Zone

January 8, 2009

The O’Reilly Factor Sarah Palin segment: Mr. “Looking Out for You” traded his No Spin Zone for the Twilight Zone tonight. In the debate segment on Sarah Palin’s recent return to the spotlight (viz., her interview with Internet reporter John Ziegler), O’Reilly introduced pro-Palin Rick Santorum as “former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania” and anti-Palin Danielle Crittenden merely as “conservative author.” Santorum has a well established reputation as a strong social conservative but Crittenden is not as well known.

It seemed odd that O’Reilly failed to identify Ms. Crittenden further. After Googling her, the author learned that she is a Canadian and a Huffington Post columnist married to David Frum (another vociferous Palin critic), former George W. Bush speechwriter and Canadian journalist. Crittenden questioned the credentials of Palin but her own credentials were not fully disclosed.

What happened to “We report: You Decide”?


Moos(e) Makes Palin Soup

November 18, 2008

American Morning’s Jeanne Moos was hatin’ Palin this morning. In her “Behind the Doodle” segment, she contrasted Sarah Palin’s sketches with those of Barack Obama. In doing so, she interviewed a graphologist and on-the-street persons. Without exception Palin’s drawings were panned as displaying her egocentric, “talky,” and/or penal nature whereas Obama’s ones were given rave reviews for indicating his intelligent, clear, and/or concise character. The Moos(e) shoots back and makes Palin soup for breakfast.

Doocy Knocks NBC Anew

October 24, 2008

Less than an hour after Bill O’Reilly called NBC News “the Pro Obama Network” on the O’Reilly Factor (third showing), (Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy took aim at the Peacock Network again this morning. After calling MSNBC MSDNC two days ago, Steve designated its parent NBC the National Barack Channel. During a segment on SNL (Thursday), F&F co-host Brian Kilmeade complained that SNL took no shots at Barack Obama or Joe Biden while SNL special guest Will Ferrell and Tina Fey took on the John McCain and Sarah Palin; Gretchen Carlson declared, “News Alert: Saturday Night Live is not fair”: and Steve rejoined, “Do you think it could possibly be the fact that it does originate on NBC, the National Barack Channel?”

Hit or miss? You make the call.

Doocy Dubs MSNBC “MSDNC”

October 22, 2008

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy left little doubt as to his view of rival cable news network MSNBC. In a segment entitled, “Sharp-Dressed Woman: $150K Spent on Clothes for Palin,” Doocy said that he had seen another channel, MSNBC, where a male commentator sneered, “You’d think that if she spent $150,000, they would have been good-looking clothes.” He added, “Attention, MSDNC! If you are going to talk about a woman’s clothing, don’t have a guy do it.”

Even though the Kansas native may have just stepped out of his fashion commentary cave, he left no doubt as to his view of MSNBC. Of course, in general there seems to be little love lost between rivals FNC and MSNBC. If you have any doubts, ask Bill O’Reilly or Keith Olbermann.

AM Cuts: F&F Keeps

October 22, 2008

Both American Morning and Fox & Friends ran the same excerpt from a CNN Palin interview with not surprisingly DIFFERENT editing results. In the exclusive with CNN’s Drew Griffin, Sarah Palin brought up Joe Biden’s assertion that Barack Obama if elected would face a generated international crisis within six months to test his mettle. As to the “gaffe,” Griffin asked, “Does Joe Biden get a pass?” Palin declared, “Drew, you need to ask your colleagues and your bosses…why does Joe Biden get a pass on such a thing?” She added, “If I would have said that, you guys’d clobbered me.”

CNN ran the clip twice and ended it there. However, Fox & Friends ran the same clip four times and let it run a little longer. What was the difference? Griffin’s response. After Palin’s assertion that CNN would have “clobbered” her if she had said the same thing as Biden, he replied, “You’re right. You’re right.”

F&F’s take? F&F co-host Gretchen Carlson commented, “To me the reaction of that [CNN] reporter is the headline of that interview.” Co-anchor Steve Doocy added, “And that’s the key, he was truthful: He was absolutely being honest.”

Different quotes for different folks.

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.

O’Reilly 2 Black Prof: “Boy”

October 9, 2008

At the conclusion of Bill O’Reilly’s Race Factor segment with black Temple University prof Marc LaMont Hill on racial language, O’Reilly referred to Hill as “boy.” O’Reilly had had a congenial discussion about racial “code” language citing the presidential debate (McCain’s “that one” allusion to Obama), Palin’s mentioning of Joe Six-Pack, etc. O’Reilly discounted most of Hill protestations that such words had racial connotations. Ironically, at the end of the segment at 8:28 ET, O’Reilly said, “I’m glad I didn’t have you in school, boy: I would have gotten [sic] a “D.”

Hill seemed to take no offense, and O’Reilly acted as if he had given none. They both laughed and seemed to part on collegial terms. An odd moment.

Clayton: Ayers “So-Called Terrorist”

October 5, 2008

At 7:06 ET Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Clayton Morris called Bill Ayers a “so-called terrorist” as he introduced a segment entitled “Radical Ties.” The segment focused on Sarah Palin’s accusing Barack Obama of “pal[ling] around with terrorists who targeted their own country” yesterday after a front page article in the New York that indicated that Barack Obama had “played down his contacts” with Ayers. (Bill Ayers is the unrepentant founder of the radical Weathermen group that claimed responsibility “for bombing the Capitol, the Pentagon, the State Department Building and banks, courthouses and police stations” according to the New York Times.)

Clayton: fair and unbalanced?

Gretch’s Roberts Redux?

October 4, 2008

Yesterday Gretchen Carlson seemed to give the viewer her Fox & Friends’ version of John Roberts’ American Morning moment. On September 5, 2008, when discussing Barack Obama’s concern about being “swift-boated,” Roberts asked, “Do we risk, or does the Democratic Party here risk, Barack Obama becoming John Kerry II?” Yesterday, approximately a month later, in a segment on the Sarah Palin/Joe Biden debate with Bias author Bernard Golderg, F&F co-host Gretchen complained to Goldberg about a national newspapers’ headline that read “Biden Wins” when a mere 51% in the cited poll agreed. She asked, “Is that what we’re still up against?”

Did Gretchen inadvertently signal Fox & Friends’ presidential preference? To be fair, did Roberts’ slip manifest American Morning’s predilection? They report: You decide.

Bristol Bay Babe

September 22, 2008

Fox & Friends co-host Alisyn Camerota a/k/a Bikini Aly revealed her attraction to First Dude Todd Palin. She said that she is more “fascinated” with him than with his wife Sarah, the Republican veep nominee, because he is a commercial fisherman. She declared that that vocation is the “most hazardous, treacherous thing.” She disclosed to her co-hosts Dave Briggs and Clayton Morris that her “long-term boyfriend” was a commercial fisherman and that he fished the very same Bristol Bay (Alaska) that the First Dude has. She breathlessly added, “And I know how dangerous it is: These guys risk death every day that they go to work.”

Aly, was your brave boating beau the mustached mate in your bathing beauty pic?

Gretch Roars Anew

September 12, 2008

Gretchen Carlson, Fox & Friends co-host, roared anew as WOMAN. Fresh from taking on Sally Quinn for her questioning of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s ability to be a mother and help govern the nation, Gretch took patent umbrage at radio show personality Mike Papantonio’s comments today. In a segment on Palin’s first interview since being selected by the GOP, Papantonio dismissively referred to Palin as “this woman” twice and opined, “Sarah Palin wants a free pass because she’s a woman.” A palpably piqued Gretchen responded, “Oh, give me a break: wait a minute.” She added, “Did she ask for the free pass when they annihilated her before she opened her mouth? This has risen above politics; this is about the cultural effect of sexism in this society; and when you say a comment like that, Mike, it’s just, it’s deplorable.” Wisely, Papantonio finally held his tongue.

Gretch Growls: Quinn Quails

September 10, 2008

Fox & Friends co-host Grethen Carlson gave no quarter today to the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn. Taking umbrage at Quinn’s questioning of Republican vice presidential nominee Governor Palin’s capability to help govern the nation as a mother, Gretchen growled, “It’s my belief that it supercedes politics right now because culturally we’re speaking about the role of women: you can imagine that I might be sensitive to this as a working mom of two small children and also as a former Miss America who was annihilated before I ever opened my mouth which is essentially what you did to Governor Sarah Palin before you heard her speech.”

Quinn responded, “I think you’re absolutely right about that. I did underestimate her not because she was a former beauty queen but because I felt that she was not chosen because she was the most qualified to take over as the president.”

Gretch countered, “Do you ask those same questions of men?”

Sally Cleaver “explained” that the role of fathers and mothers are very different. If a mother of children wants to be America’s “Iron Lady” like Israel’s Golda Meir, Great Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, or Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, apparently, she must wait until her children grow up. According to this outmoded logic, an American father is much better suited and gender appropriate for this exalted role.

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?

Aly Works Her “Palin” Pose

September 6, 2008

Alisyn Camerota heated up the Fox & Friends Saturday set with her “Palin” look. Donning hottie teacher glasses and an updo, Aly fomented a frenzy in her co-hosts, Dave Briggs and Clayton Morris. Teasing her castrato choir, she mouthed, “You’re in trouble: I’m gonna need you after school.”

As the segment ended, an overheated Dave pointed to Aly and pleaded, “If my wife is watching, let’s give it a ride.” Aly shook her head, bit her lip, and merely smiled. Chuckling, Clayton commented, “Yes, he really did just say that”: He added, “And Dave’s wife if you’re listening, he wants to change the way you look.” Chagrined, Dave responded, “No, just [trailing off].” Chidingly, Aly, declared, “Dave, speaking as your teacher, you’re grounded.”

Why do thoughts of Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick dance in my head?

Good Kiran, Bad John

September 5, 2008

Today American Morning’s Kiran Chetry was good cop to John Roberts’ very bad one. Kiran defended Palin and other mothers’ rights to pursue higher office and a career in general vis-a-vis Roberts’ earlier incendiary and insidious indicting of Sarah Palin’s decision to accept the historic GOP nomination as vice presidential nominee. Roberts had questioned whether Palin could provide appropriate care to a Down’s Syndrome child and be Vice President of the United State of America at the same time: He failed to mention that Palin’s husband is a stay-at-home dad and did not wonder aloud whether the Dem male presidential nominee Barack Obama could provide adequate care for his two young daughters. Nursing mother and professional journalist Kiran Chetry took Sally Quinn to task for posing a similar query in her troglodyte column as to whether the Alaskan Athena could wage war and spin the distaff at the same time.

Laurels, Kiran! Brickbats, John!