A Letter to Fox & Friends

Dear FOX & Friends:

I’m just writing a quick note to say “Hi” and see how your summer went.  Great, I hope!

I heard wonderful things about your Summer Concert Series.  I know that other people say that a news network putting on concerts is a little weird, but I’m not one of them!  I think it shows people that you care about music, and people, and… um… well, people that really like music.  And may I say it’s about time, because I for one am getting tired of people always saying how FOX and conservatives are so unhip because supposedly “popular” lamestream wash-ups like REM, U2, Madonna, Jay-Z and Lay Gaga are always backing left-wing causes.  It’s great to see you bringing in some real musical acts, and showing those lefties who the real hipsters are!  Besides, I suspect that Pat Benetar and KC & the Sunshine Band were grateful to have a day when they weren’t playing at some county fair or North Dakota casino.  And I bet the members of Lynard Skynard are just happy not to be dead any more.  (Seriously, how did you guys do that?  I tell you, that Rupert Murdoch never ceases to amaze.)

Anyway, I just wanted to say keep up the great work, and have a great Fall!

Crap. No, see, I’m screwing this up already.  I’m sorry.  I told myself to practice this a few times in front of a mirror before I said it out loud to you, but things came up and time kind of slipped away, and, well… here goes.

So look.  The thing is, I’m really writing to you because I’m a little worried about you these days.  And I know I’m probably over reacting, but hear me out.  And remember, I’m only telling you this because I love you.

One of the things I’ve always loved about you guys is the way you stick with one another through thick and thin.  Like, remember that time when that one guy shot a kid, and Gerlado said that instead of examining the potential impact of Stand Your Ground laws we should focus trying to get kids to wear fewer hoodies?  Or that time Steve worried that if we pulled out of Afghanistan China would invade because “China is not too far way and it’s a great big country that needs a whole bunch of stuff?”  Or that time Brian said Swedes are pure because they only marry Swedes, but we American aren’t because we “keep marrying other species and ethnics?”  I mean, a lesser news network would have a problem with stuff like that on the basis of it being, well, kind of stupid.  But not you guys!  You guys have always had one another’s back!

But lately I’m sensing a bit of an edge between all of you that worries me.  Like, there was that time this summer when Gretchen walked off the set because Brian made a slightly sexist comment?  Most women I know wouldn’t have even done that (even if they would have sympathized) and so at first I was worried that maybe she was getting all feminazi on you.  But after thinking about it, now I’m worried that it’s really all some other kind of internal hostility and not about feminism at all. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that Gretchen was laughing at Brian’s borderline sexual harassment on the Hooter Girls salute, or calling Brian’s giggling  wrestle match with Lingerie Football models one of the best things she’d ever seen on TV.  She loved that stuff, whereas most women I know would have probably just punched Brian in the face. But the whole walking off the set thing… well, it was starting to look like you guys weren’t ceaselessly chipper anymore.  Still, I figured it was just one of those things you’d work out.

But this past week I’ve become concerned that maybe you’re losing it.

Earlier this week, of course, there was that kid you interviewed.  I’m sure you remember it.  You were doing a story about how the cool kids today hate Obama, and to prove it you brought in an actual, real live person. And of course, it went pretty badly:

You guys allowed yourself to get pranked pretty bad there.  I was pretty sympathetic about that for two reasons; the first one being that, hey, anyone can be fooled once, and the second being that the guy that hoaxed you was kind of a dick. Still, it was water under the bridge as far as I was concerned, until I came across this little tidbit from this morning:

 

I have to admit, it seemed a pretty amazing scoop at first.  You’d managed to catch the President of the Untied States, the most powerful man in the Free World, doing a photo op – and just a week after the terrorist attack on our Libyan embassy, no less.  But this wasn’t just any photo op, this was a photo op he was having with a pirate…. when you were really hoping he’d talk to this totally different guy!  After having first seen this, I was assuming you were already dusting off a little shelf space for the inevitable Peabody. And who could blame you? This baby had the three classic elements of any great piece of television journalism: An “uncovered investigative expose” of something that was specifically designed to be done in front of news cameras, people sitting in chairs, and pirates.  This powder keg was set to make that whole Watergate coverage look like a recycled Ann Landers column.

What a tremendous shame it was, then, to learn that the photo you used to build that Woodward and Bernstein moment around wasn’t taken today at all; it was one that had been sitting around your archives since May, 2009 when the photo was taken.

Look, Fox & Friends, I get it.  I do! You really, really don’t like this President.  You didn’t like him was he was running, you didn’t like him when we was sworn in, and you don’t like him now.  And yet now, for probably no other reason then to spite you, he looks poised to be reelected.  That has to totally suck rocks for you.   And I can totally relate, because once my neighborhood grocery store had this Grocery Bingo promotion, and I totally hate bingo, and I was sure they were only going to do it for a month but then it turned out they did it for two months.  So I totally know what you’re feeling right now.  But the thing is, you’re trying just a little too hard to take him down all by yourself.  And that’s a pretty tall order for any news organ, even one as respected as Fox & Friends.

So take my advice, and give yourself a day off here and there in between today and the election.  You don’t have to find a new smoking gun that proves Obama is a socialist, fascist, Kenya, terrorist-sympathizing usurper every day.  Let Hannity carry some of that heavy burden every now and then, or O’Reilly.  Because you really need to stop getting caught having swallowed whatever silly prank any college sophomore might decide to throw your way.

Because if you don’t, you’re going to risk losing all of your hard earned credibility.

 

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119 thoughts on “A Letter to Fox & Friends

  1. The rest of the story: FOX’s fabulously witty “The Five” has almost double the ratings of “Fox & Friends”, and more than Stewart or Colbert.

    Fox & Friends is dumb, but its cost per thousand makes it probably the most profitable show on TV, and it’s no more insipid and far less obnoxious than “The View.”

    And 4 AM Fox & Friends FIRST’s Ainsley Earhardt and Anna Kooiman are just hot, better looking than me and smarter than you. Even O’Donnell and Maddow get up early for it.

    http://www4.picturepush.com/photo/a/7761607/480/Ainsley-Earhardt-%2526-Anna-Kooiman-10-03-12/19.jpg?v0

    Ssssssss.

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    • “The rest of the story: FOX’s fabulously witty “The Five” has almost double the ratings of “Fox & Friends”, and more than Stewart or Colbert.”
      No. That it not the rest of the story. The story here is about “Fox & Friends”. It’s not about “The Five” or Stewart or Colbert or anyone else YOU want to talk about. If YOU want to talk about those shows, write a post. You do remember you are a Front Page author here, correct? So, no, that’s not the rest of the story. That’s a DIFFERENT story. One clearly intended to distract from Tod’s point because you lack the ability to substantively respond to it.

      “Fox & Friends is dumb, but its cost per thousand makes it probably the most profitable show on TV, and it’s no more insipid and far less obnoxious than “The View.””
      Hmmm… are you disagreeing with Tod or agreeing with him? “Fox & Friends” IS dumb. That was sort of the point. Whether they channel that stupidity into making money is sort of irrelevant. Or maybe it isn’t at all. Maybe part of the reason it is so profitable is because it is so dumb. Maybe there is a segment of the population that prefers stupid, inaccurate news reporting. I wonder which side of the divide they come from…? And what does “The View” have to do with anything? You realize “F&F” and “The View” have like, nothing in common. Well, I suppose neither one is hosted by alligators or Martians. But otherwise you have a morning news show on a channel supposedly dedicated to “Fair and Balanced” news reporting on the one hand and on the other you have a morning talk show aimed at a particular slice of supposedly female interests. Comparing “F&F” and “The View” actually makes “F&F” look much worse, if that is the actual category of show you want to put it in.

      “And 4 AM Fox & Friends FIRST’s Ainsley Earhardt and Anna Kooiman are just hot, better looking than me and smarter than you.”
      Oh, the creme de la creme…. the EXPLICITLY offensive part. What do their looks have to do with anything? If they are talented, accomplished news anchors, that would be something worth talking about. But instead, you focus on their looks. Because, ya know, something about them having lady parts just makes it hard to take them seriously as anything other than a vehicle to those lady parts. Wonderful. And we wonder why you have issues interacting with the women here.

      “Even O’Donnell and Maddow get up early for it.”
      Oh. Oh shit. I thought that LAST part was the offensive part but, no, now you’ve outdone yourself. Because, not only are you still speaking of women solely with respect to their sexuality, as O’Donnell and Maddow are lady-bit-craving lesbos and nothing more, but you are also perpetuating the fallacious logic that gays are rampant sexual predators who want to do nothing more than gayrape the virtuous straights and turn them into damned dirty lesbians. I mean, I know all my lesbian friends set their sleep schedule around when attractive ladies are on TV.

      I’m so glad that “ideological diversity” here at that League is so sacrosanct that we’re willing to sacrifice all credibility when we allow Front Page authors to spew crap that is not only offensive to particular subgroups of the population, but is also offensive to any one here actually interested in reasoned, intellectual debate.

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        • Look, I have no desire to become the self-appointed Comments Policeman, but this is a problematic way of formulating your positive feedback. You used it with me regarding my response to my friend and colleague’s post, and I regret not having repudiated it sooner than I did. While it’s very nice that you liked my post, I’d rather hear that in a way that doesn’t denigrate someone else.

          You can say what you like, and nobody here is going to delete your comments. But for my part I’d like you to reconsider using this way of expressing your thoughts. If nothing else, it’s getting tired.

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          • The +1 was for Kazzy’s overall response to TVD.

            The ++++++++1 was for Kazzy bitchslapping the League for their continued support of those who regularly insult and demean others. Kazzy called you on it and its the best thing I’ve read today.

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            The most important part of Kazzy’s post.

            I’m so glad that “ideological diversity” here at that League is so sacrosanct that we’re willing to sacrifice all credibility when we allow Front Page authors to spew crap that is not only offensive to particular subgroups of the population, but is also offensive to any one here actually interested in reasoned, intellectual debate.

            Great post Kazzy

            P.S.

            Boo F*cking Hoo

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          • Because you wrote such a wonderful post yesterday, I’m going to apologize for the Boo F*Cking Hoo and give a little insight to my disdain and anger towards the TVDs of the world.

            Class Warfare
            – 40+ years of attacks on everything that was done to give minorities and women a chance at the opportunities given to white men at birth.

            Unfortunately for me I’m not one of those white males, so I’ve struggled (after 47 years) to get to where TVD and yourself where at at time of your birth. And I’m tired of the constant demeaning insults and attacks, I’m also tired of the justification given by yourself and others like yourself for allowing TVD to get away with his offensive actions.
            – ha ha its a joke
            – Oh, that’s just TVD, the crazy racist, bigot of our group. Thats his thing.
            – He is our friend and colleague. He is really a good person. He is not like that once you met him. etc., etc.

            Its annoying and yes frustrating to refight battles from 40 years ago. But what most frustrating and most angers me is you and your colleagues defense of the bigots, sexist and racist in your pursuit of “Ideological Diversity”.

            Yeah its also pretty sad.

            Boo Hoo

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            • Loviatar-

              As I said above, I’ve never seen Russell himself offer any defense of Tom. There are those who have defended him here, defenses I take issue with, because I do think he makes this place a worse place.

              Your perspective, to me, is a valued one here. And while others might balk at your tone, I think your anger is justified and much of that balking is often part of a subconscious agenda to further silence already marginalized voices. So, generally speaking, I say to push on, because I think we need perspectives like yours to realize the depths of the problems that Tom creates. But, in this specific instance, you are barking up the wrong tree in directing your criticism at Russell. I don’t know what your prior interactions with him are and I can’t say that I’ve read every word he’s ever written here, but I can say that Russell is one of the voices here that genuinely seeks to make this place a more open and accepting place, where folks can safely be who they are, and I trust that he recognizes Tom as a hindrance to that, even if he disagrees on what ought to be done about that.

              Russell, if I’ve misrepresented you here, my apologies. I see a fire brewing here that need not.

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              • Response to both Kazzy and Russell.

                First, great posts both you, Russell yesterday and Kazzy today.

                My anger while it seemed directed at Russell was more directed at the circumstances encompassed by these words

                You used it with me regarding my response to my friend and colleague’s post, and I regret not having repudiated it sooner than I did.

                Why is TVD your friend? Why are you friends and colleagues with someone if they’re not a bigot or sexist or maybe even an outright racist sure acts the part of one? Why are you defending his right to spew bigoted, hateful comments on private space, a space by the way that is a also reflection of your character since you are a Front Pager.

                My anger was towards your automatic jump to defend TVD, Why?

                When I have “friends or colleagues” who regularly offend me or attack others outside of what I consider the norm I tend to disassociate myself from them. While I may not attack them out of residual feelings of comradely, I sure the hell would not jump to their defense while their making their offensive comments.

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                    • I’m sure he does. The question that League principals still haven’t answered is why they’re comfortable with that. Keeping TVD on the FP seems to go against everything they’re trying to do, and while they frequently seek out feedback from their readership they resolutely stonewall any response to feedback about TVD. Meanwhile, the list of his critics continues to grow. It’s not just old Positive Liberty folks anymore, so it can no longer honestly be dismissed as merely “people who have a history” with him.

                      He is a cancer on the League, and the leadership appears frozen in response, apparently unwilling to offend their one FPer who is most offensive. Or perhaps it is an unwillingness to be seen as being susceptible to pressure, to being pushed around. It’s not readily explicable, and that is their fault for not clearly explaining their position. Perhaps they are hoping it will all blow over, but with TVD continuing to create ever more critics it’s clear that the controversy over his status is not going to go anytime soon. As Chris cheekily suggests, the TVD issue is coming to increasingly define the League. Saying his critics should ignore him misses the point–if there are only one or two critics that might make sense, but as a person’s list of critics continues to grow it becomes clear that it is not the critics who are the problem, but the person who is amassing so many critics. If the critics were fools, it might be a sign the FPer is doing things right, but no honest person can call all of TVD’s critics fools.

                      I’ll say it publicly now: The League is making a mistake, and I call on them to revoke TVD’s FP status. I know this isn’t a democracy, and I am not suggesting a vote. I am suggesting that the Leagur principals recognize and do the right thing.

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                    • the TVD issue is coming to increasingly define the League.

                      ding, ding, ding, we have a winner.

                      As I mentioned above, after awhile those who you associate with (particularly if its a voluntary association) become a reflection on you and your character.

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                    • James,

                      I am no fan of TVD but would removing his FP status really help?

                      I remember someone making a comment in another thread that if we did not have a TVD, we would need to create him. This seems to be more of an iron-law of internet communities. Every community seems to have a troll that will not go away and eventually becomes “tolerated” by the community at large.

                      Sociologically this is interesting but you are also right that it can prevent a community from growing.

                      Personally I don’t understand the psychological need to troll but it seems that this anonymity is hear to stay. The only places that manage to suppress trolling make people comment using facebook.

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                    • New Dealer,

                      Removing his FP status would not remove him from the League. He would still share a sub-blog (and removing him from that or not would be up to Tim Kowal), and even if he didn’t have that he could still comment. And he does not meet the League’s criteria for banning, so I would not call for his banning.

                      But there is a difference between, “oh, there’s that commenting troll again,” and “oh, there’s that troll that the League commends by allowing him FP status.” It’s less about TVD, and more about the League. I respect the League, and his FP status tarnishes that respect considerably. Him as a commenter would not do so.

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                  • Ahhhh, I see, you dislike my usage of the term bitchslap was in reference to your friend Jason.

                    OK, even though you wrote a quite eloquent post which not only contradicted his post, but did it in a way that demonstrated how much of an out of touch, mean spirited, selfish person his post made him out to be, I guess my use of that term was offensive.

                    I apologize.

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                    I need some help though, please provide me with a term that you would be comfortable using to praise someone who has eviscerated a out of touch, mean spirited, selfish person whose theories are built on nothing more than his own self delusions.

                    Thanks for the help

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                    • I don’t think anyone else refers to the attractiveness of women in lieu of discussing their journalistic skills in a post on journalistic integrity with impunity. And given his track record, I don’t feel it necessary to treat all individuals the same.

                      Again the crux of that part of his post was, “Who cares if they’re dumb? They’re hot!” I thought that represented the LoOG poorly and wanted to make it clear he didn’t speak for all of us.

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                    • I can’t believe I’m bothering to answer this. I am a moderate liberal. Female. Non-homophobe. Non-misogynist. While I didn’t agree with Jason’s post, I have met him and dealt with him on this blog. He is an absolutely lovely person with whom I have good faith disagreements about what would be in everyone’s best interests. He and I both share the same goal – the good life for more people. We disagree (and not hugely) about how to get there. I am proud to consider him my friend.

                      As for the TVD brouhaha, I’m addressing that at Kazzy’s post.

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                • Guys,

                  The push back against the hate crowd begins when they are no longer seen as acceptable company. They must no longer be considered “friends or colleagues”, they are what they are; bigots, racists, sexist and homophobes.

                  When that becomes the norm we win.

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                • Why are you defending his right to spew bigoted, hateful comments on private space/em>

                  I think it’s evident that TVD is a blemish on the League and there’s really no doubt his FP status should be revoked, out of simple decency and respect for the kind of space the League’s principals say they want to create.

                  But there is no doubt we have to defend his rights to spew bigotry, whether on private space or public space. Everyone’s free speech must be defended, or nobody’s freedom of speech is safe.

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                  • But there is no doubt we have to defend his rights to spew bigotry, whether on private space or public space.

                    I agree totally. However my question is why defend at all? I didn’t call for his banning, I celebrated his shaming.

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                    • This isn’t a free speech issue. He still has access to blogging. He could always start a new blog, which costs basically nothing, if cost is an issue, and the only penalty we could possibly exact on him is just excluding him from a bit of our property.

                      That said, I’m still struggling to see what was so terrible about Tom’s original comment.

                      Sure, he said some women are hot. I seem to recall a recent front page post from Burt that invited the heterosexual gentlemen here to admire some attractive young ladies as well. I also remember a video with some surprisingly photogenic young men.

                      If sexual attraction equals sexism, we’re all in a whole lot of trouble.

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                    • Jason-

                      As I said elsewhere, acknowledging attractiveness is not inherently wrong. But in a post in journalistic integrity, singing the praises of two journalists because of their attractiveness does what exactly?

                      Imagine this conversation…

                      “I’d much rather see Condu Rice as VP that Sarah Palin. She’s more accomplished, smarter, and better qualified.”
                      “Yea, but Palin is hotter.”
                      It’s just a stupid thing to say that twists the conversation from an intelligent one to a vapid one.

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                    • I agree with Kazzy here. It’s not the noticing attractiveness, or even commenting on it in a genial way that’s a problem. It’s the suggestion that public stupidity is ok as long as the chick’s hot. It’s the valuing of attractiveness above competence that’s offensive. It’s the idea that if two women are competing for the same job, the pretty vacuous one should get it instead of the less pretty but more intelligent/skillful one.

                      That’s sexist. Hands down. And, yes, it would be just as wrong if we said the vacuous handsome dude should be hired instead of the not so good looking intelligent/skillful guy. And that does happen, but historically it’s been a lot less of a handicap for the average looking Joe than it has been for the average looking Jane.

                      But some people don’t care. Some folks really can’t get past a person’s looks to judge them by their more important qualities. TVD’s not totally incapable of that, but he’s less capable than most people who participate here.

                      The League boasts a FP sexist. Damn, that’s something to be proud of.

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            • ” at the opportunities given to white men at birth.”

              Well praise Jesus for all those opportunities I got at birth. Too bad they all evaporated before I could take advantage of them. What with having such a crazy dip-shit stupid mother who never did anything to help me, such as when I was being tortured by my brother and beaten at school. I got tired of that so simply stopped going to school. She didn’t care.

              Well thank Jesus I had all those opportunities because I was born a white male.

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      • Lawrence, not Rosie. Hot is hot. And the point is that trolling for the dumbest MFers on the other side is an only somewhat fruitful exercise, and not the whole picture. Clearly there is a larger intent by the author of the OP to embarrass both Fox and the right in general. Only the disingenuous or unimaginative would deny that.

        Fine. Mine is a rebuttal to the picture, or rather a completion of it and not the least bit irrelevant. I take the shoutdowns as a measure of its effectiveness.

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                  • Kazzy, first of all let me make clear that I have no issue with your ESPN Magazine cover post, but I think Patrick has a bit of a point here. Saying that you were being a bit ‘meta’ on your post doesn’t quite wash.

                    But it doesn’t matter to me. Simply commenting on the ‘hotness’ of some media figure, does not objectification/misogyny make, IMO.

                    Just in the last couple weeks, we’ve had the good Doctor commenting on a pic of Daniel Craig; several people commenting on the dudes in that music video that Erik posted; I myself commented that I think Michelle Obama is attractive (she reminds me of Sigourney Weaver).

                    Was TVD’s comment substantive? Nah, not really.
                    Was TVD’s comment substantially different from any of that other stuff I name above, or your post? Nah, not really.

                    I understand we would like to make sure the place doesn’t get too ‘locker room’, but I am also no fan of accusations of objectification or misogyny when someone simply says, hey, that person is hot – especially when that person (like the Fox eyecandy, and let’s not kid ourselves about this, unless you expect Pulitzer material on Fox & Friends) is in the public eye, at least in part, BECAUSE they are hot.

                    I’m not trying to get on you here, I am really not.

                    But to my eyes, you may be making a misogynist mountain out of a meaningless molehill of a comment.

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                    • I’m not trying to get on you here, I am really not.

                      But to my eyes, you may be making a misogynist mountain out of a meaningless molehill of a comment.

                      Pretty much this.

                      (Although I gotta admit, I’m really tired of the maypole.)

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                    • A few things…

                      – I found the O’Donnell/Maddow comment worse than the “hot” one and has originally geared my entire comment towards that, but then went for the whole shebang.
                      – I don’t think there is anything wrong with commenting on attractiveness. But Tod was talking about the intellectual and journalistic integrity of F&F. Tom responds with, “Yea, but look at their legs!” He seemed to be explicitly saying that the newsworthiness of news anchors on a morning news show on a cable mews channel matters not if they’re hot. To me, that is pretty blatant objectifying.
                      – There is a pattern of behavior with this particular poster that matters.
                      – Most importantly, I subscribe to the “broken windows” theory. It might be a molehill, but if we ignore the molehills we never get rid of the vermin. We’ve gone meta, folks have formed “pacts”, and we still have a certain element here that deliberately or not makes this place hostile to certain groups and, more importantly, take no responsibility for it. It’s wrong and I’m tired of it. If me pointing it out is more of a bother than it happening, the problems here are much deeper.
                      – If my post was offensive, and I’m happy to accept criticism that it was, I will respond appropriately. I don’t have that same confidence in the other individual here.

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                    • And Glyph, I don’t take it as you getting in me. You’ve shown yourself to be an honest interlocuter and even when we disagree or you feel it necessary to offer constructive criticism, I value your contributions. Thanks, brother.

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                    • One spin around the maypole and then I really need to step away from this thread.

                      Kazzy, I respect you and some of TVD’s other persistent critics. And as I said, I have no issues with your ESPN post.

                      But as I have stated in the past, the bad blood that now exists, IMO, prevents either side from perceiving any communication from the other side in any light but the absolute worst one possible, and I see no fix for this.

                      As an aside, I am also very uncomfortable with using words like ‘vermin’ (I have also seen the word ‘cancer’, just today) being used to describe pretty much anybody here.

                      I also think that when it comes to speech, a ‘broken windows’ approach may not be best, due to the chilling effect it can have. (But if I wanted to be the Comment Police, ‘vermin’ and ‘cancer’ would probably be right out.)

                      I expect nothing to change, but that’s my take.

                      And with that, I must leave this maypole behind. I just don’t enjoy it, sorry. Catch you elsewhere?

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                    • Fair enough. I will say one last thing and step away as well…

                      My attempts are not to change Tom but are meant as signals to others. If I stumbled onto a blog where someone posted something offensive and it went unchallenged, I’d be very reticent to join. I want it to be known that he does not speak for us all.

                      Vermin was a poor cheap shot. Piss poor on my part. Too much clever, not enough smarts. Thanks. Definitely catch ya elsewhere.

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                    • Glyph, I agree with you. Or at least, I agree that your view is an entirely appropriate one to hold. I didn’t mean that to sound as dismissive as it prolly sounded.

                      It’s one of many reasonable views to hold on the topic.

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    • Is there where I point out after following the link that the two women in the picture TVD links too aren’t actually the same women he listed? One of them is, but it seems the two names TVD referred too are both blondes. The brunette is somebody else.

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    • I was going to make a snarky comment about how these two ladies are like pornstars with diplomas but have second guessed that decision because of the simple fact that there are women’s all over this country who feel pressure to dress or look a certain way in order to secure jobs in their chosen fields. When I look at these two I feel sorry that they’ve decided to tra on their looks in order to get a plum, on-air spot. Their not journalists, their more like young actresses in Hollywood who have to take their tops off when their starting out if they want a role in a movie. That Fox News Corp. airs a show like this, essentially soft-core porn for the elderly, speaks volumes about their credibility as a “news” organizarion. I feel soiled.

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  2. I’m very disappointed in your fact checking Tod.

    Rupert Murdoch has nothing to do with re-animation, life extension via transfusions of the life-force of 3rd world children or voodoo magic. (when it comes to preserving Lynyrd Skynyrd)

    The Koch brothers take full responsibility for preserving the American treasure that is Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tragic airplane accident that claimed their lives in 1977 was actually the real reason for the formation of the Cato Institute.

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  3. Do you actually watch this show? I just can’t imagine putting up with watching the thing. Geraldo? That’s even worse. I’ve been laughing myself silly over Geraldo’s general obtusity since he opened Al Capone’s empty safe.

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  4. Tod,

    First off, top shelf writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. The grocery store bingo was gold (Gold, Jerry! Gold!).

    I had been hesitant to write what I’m about to write, but I thought I should offer the feedback. It seems that you have written quite a few posts on Fox News recently. Though your takedowns are great, and I’ve enjoyed them, I read this post thinking, ‘oh Tod’s slamming Fox News,* again. It’s a bit tired.’

    Now, perhaps my perception is wrong. Perhaps there haven’t been that many, and the ones there have been are just sticking out. But to me, this seems like (a)low hanging fruit; and, (b) been-there-done-that.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love your posts (and this comment is probably coming off more negative that it should), but it just seems like there are more enjoyable topics (like the diary of an evil henchman).

    * this comma is for Jason K’s sake.

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    • This is the point when I set aside being puckishly cute and amusing, and instead loose some venom. You’re half-right, Mr.McLeod. Taking on Fox News is indeed reaching for the low-hanging fruit.

      But I don’t think it can be done enough. Too many people voters think they’re getting Gospel from Fox when too often the distortions and editorial slant cross the line from spin and editorial slant into prevarication, deception, lies, fraud. Tod’s example in the OP is an excellent one: Obama did not blow off Netanyahu to meet with the pirate guy. That wasn’t just an error or an editorial take on events. It didn’t fishing happen at all but Fox and Friends portrayed it as if it did.

      Mock them for it. Mercilessly. They’ve well earned it. Don’t stop mocking them for it until they either clean up their act or they lose viewership.

      FTR: if someone wants to watchdog MSNBC or NPR and mock them every time they do something like this, awesome. I’ll cheer them on, too. But that doesn’t seem to happen all that often. MSNBC and NPR make mistakes and they frequently let their biases show. (MSNBC doesn’t even bother trying to hide their bias anymore.) Being an elitist East Coast elitist liberal is a different kind of animal entirely than being an outright fishing liar and that’s what you get on Fox News — a bunch of liars telling lies.

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