“If it wasn’t for FOX or talk radio, we’d be done as a republic.” — Glenn Beck on yesterday’s ‘Fox and Friends’ suggesting that FOX and talk radio are the only things standing between the United States and a communist/fascist/socialist/dictatorship.Does it follow then that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Beck are now playing the role of Founding Fathers? Hey, who’s to say that when Franklin said “a republic, if you can keep it” he wasn’t actually looking to cable news hyperbole as the keeper! Meanwhile, Lee Siegal says Beck and his followers are actually the 21st century’s version of the hippies of the 1960’s. In society, culture and now politics, what was once considered countercultural is today the establishment. And so it’s no surprise that what was once considered the establishment—the war cry of patriotism, religion, and morality—is the new counterculture. The parallels between … [Read more...] about Soundbite: Is Glenn Beck Comparing FOX To The Founding Fathers?
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Here at Mediaite we don’t generally write about personal gossip. But this tip we received last week, and have worked to confirm, extends to the professional, and involves a married Fox & Friends host, a one-time tech guest and a pregnancy – that may all be tied together.Here’s the tip, and here’s the info we have: Clayton Morris, co-host of Fox and Friends, has an extramarital affair with CNET host, Natali Del Conte…rumors circulating that he is the father of pregnant Del Conte. Wife of Clayton has filed for divorce.Clayton Morris is Fox & Friends weekend co-host, while CNET host Natali Del Conte guest on the show and Fox News in general (as well as a contributor to CBS News). In fact, earlier this month she was part of an iPad roundtable hosted by Morris (who has an interest in tech, as seen on his blog).An FNC spokesperson tells Mediaite, “We don’t comment on the personal lives of talent.” We reached out to Del Conte for … [Read more...] about Fox And More Than Friends – A Host And Guest iPregnancy?
The weekend Fox and Friends crew is, if not sympathetic, at least open to speculate on whether the Rand Paul backlash is deserved. Host Alisyn Camerota wondered aloud whether the moral of the Paul/Civil Rights Act story is that “it’s hard to campaign and be completely honest and truthful about what you really believe,” with the reaction from her guests ranging from concern to confusion about why this is even a topic.In response to Camerota’s comments, Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros that it was even happening. was not really bothered about the substance of the debate so much as the fact. “Talking about civil rights now with all the issues we have now is like talking about whether Pluto is a planet or not,” she noted, reminding Paul that “the Tea Party has nothing to do with civil rights,” but fiscal responsibility. Meanwhile, fellow guest Will Cain of the National Review expanded on Camerota’s point, that perhaps attacking Rand … [Read more...] about On Rand Paul: ‘It’s Hard To Campaign And Be Completely Honest’
DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schwartz appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, ostensibly to discuss the competing jobs plans that are set to be put forth this week by the White House and GOP candidate Mitt Romney. The conversation quickly turned to the controversy/distraction du jour: the recent anti-Tea Party comments made by Jimmy Hoffa in which he said “let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!” Things became rather heated between host Gretchen Carlson and Wasserman-Schultz.First some background: President Obama spent the better part of the holiday weekend campaigning in the Midwest, and much to the chagrin of the White House, the news this morning is primarily focused on what many see as the incendiary comments made by Hoffa. While warming up the crowd for the Commander-in-Chief’s later remarks, the union leader inspired the pro-Union crowd by saying, “Everybody here has a vote. If we go back and we keep the eye on the prize. Let’s take these … [Read more...] about Gretchen Carlson And Wasserman-Shultz Spar Over Hoffa’s ‘Take Them Out’ Remark
This morning on Fox and Friends, a panel led by Brian Kilmeade discussed the payroll tax cut deal reached by Congress late Thursday. While the consensus was that John Boehner‘s job is safe — and Jon Bramick, a New Jersey lawyer, said that Boehner showed some impressive leadership skills — it was Dan Gerstein, a Democratic strategist, who stole the show, giving a concise, pointed statement on just how bad things have gotten in Congress. Gerstein brought up a stellar sports analogy to paint the Congressional picture in its perfect light. He said that, like last weekend’s Arizona Cardinals-Cleveland Browns game in the NFL (the teams are a combined 11-17), this payroll tax cut drama, “was a meaningless game played by two bad teams that only partisans care about.” He then expounded: This is the classic example of Washington dysfunction and the lowering of standards. What are Congress’ two biggest accomplishments this year? They didn’t let the … [Read more...] about Fox News Analyst Thrashes Congress On The Payroll Tax Deal With Spot-On NFL Analogy
Tucker Carlson is heading to your televisions bright and early on the weekends. Fox News has enlisted Carlson for the network’s weekend morning show, Deadline’s Dominic Patten reported. The Daily Caller founder will be joining Fox & Friends Weekend as the new co-host.Per Patten’s report: Currently a FNC contributor, the former CNN Crossfire co-host is expected to make his 6 AM debut with co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris sometime early next month. Carlson will be replacing Dave Biggs who left Fox and Friends late last year.Carlson joined Fox as a contributor in 2009 and will continue to make appearances on primetime and daytime programming in addition to the new gig. He was formerly co-host of CNN’s Crossfire and host of MSNBC’s Tucker.(h/t Deadline) Have a tip we should know? [email protected] … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson Reportedly To Co-Host Fox News Weekend Morning Show
This weekend will mark Chris Wallace‘s 10th anniversary as host of Fox News Sunday. In advance of such a milestone, Wallace spoke to Mediaite about his time at Fox, some of his best and worst interviews, and whether Presidents Bush or Obama were a better interview. Read below. MEDIAITE: You’ve made a name for yourself as being willing to skewer both sides… How do you react when people assume you’re a partisan Republican because of generalizations people make about Fox?WALLACE: Interestingly enough, even Bill Clinton made that generalization. When I asked him what I thought was a fair question, he said, “Yeah, it is, but have you ever asked it of Republicans?” It made me wonder if he’d ever watched Fox News Sunday. We really don’t play favorites, we don’t pull punches, and we’re as tough on interviews as the others.But because it’s Fox, some outsiders see when I’m tough on republicans, and act surprised it makes … [Read more...] about Chris Wallace Talks to Mediaite About 10 Years at Fox and His Best/Worst Interviews
Kiran Chetry? Last we saw her, she was hosting CNN’s American Morning. Prior to that, she was a mainstay at Fox News, regularly co-hosting Fox & Friends Weekend and often seen as a frontrunner to eventually host the weekday version.In 2011, she departed cable news, telling viewers “this isn’t goodbye,” but rather a “see you soon.”Since then, we’ve heard almost nothing from her (save for a single-day gig on CNN International). That was until now.Over the weekend we received numerous tips that Chetry was hosting an infomercial, hawking NutriBullet high-speed blenders using the authoritative title of “Former CNN & Fox News Reporter.” Lo and behold, it’s true. Several blogs have unearthed a few YouTube videos of Chetry’s infomercial, which show the former anchor conducting scripted interviews with a rheumatologist and a (very high-energy) product pitchman. Chetry and her on-air partners push the blender as a great … [Read more...] about Former Fox and CNN Anchor Kiran Chetry Now Hosting Infomercials
Barack Obama was predictably badgered — over and over again — by Chris Wallace over the ongoing Justice Department’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server. While Obama admitted (again) to the general “carelessness” shown by Clinton in the matter, he again repeated that he did not think national security was jeopardized.It was a similar angle to the one he took while sitting for a 60 Minutes interview in October with Steve Kroft, when the President said, “I don’t think it posed a national security problem… This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”Some argued the President was deserving of criticism in October for speaking out on an ongoing case — it “rais[ed] the ire of officials who saw an instance of the president trying to influence the outcome of a continuing investigation,” according to The New York Times … [Read more...] about Fox News Presses Obama on Clinton Emails, Then Criticizes Him For Commenting
Fox and Friends host Abby Huntsman apologized on-air Friday after sharing a story about food stamp fraud that had no basis in fact.Huntsman’s apology came after she reported on Tuesday that “food-stamp fraud is at an all-time high… This year, it is estimated $70 million of taxpayer money was wasted on food-stamp fraud.”The Agriculture Department disputed that figure, saying they didn’t even know which study she was supposed to be quoting. “We are not quite sure where this came from,” they told The Washington Post. “We saw that there was a story on Breitbart. We have not issued a report on this recently.” (The irony, The Washington Post notes, is that food stamp fraud is actually substantially higher than what Huntsman claimed.)Huntsman admitted the error the following day, reading a correction twice on-air: “We reported that back in 2016, $70 million were wasted on food stamp fraud. That was actually … [Read more...] about Fox News Host Abby Huntsman Apologizes On-Air for Baseless Report on Food Stamp Fraud