Thanksgiving came early for Friday Fox Follies when it was announced on Monday that Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Leaving Fox & Friends to spend more time with her family.
Yes, after only 2 years on the Curvy Couch, Elisabeth Hasselbeck to Step Down as Co-Host of Fox & Friends, something this reporter predicted privately. Having worked a decade on a morning tee vee show, I know first hand how grueling the hours can be – especially if you have a family – which may explain all the days off Hasselbeck has taken.
Usually, when a politician says they are resigning to spend more time with their family, it’s just after – or ahead of – a scandal. However – finally – we can take her at her word as Hasselbeck Explains Decision to Leave Fox & Friends: My ‘Kids Need the Best of Me,’ referring to Grace, 10, Taylor, 8, and Timmy, 6. Saying she’s leaving one family for another, Elisabeth Hasselbeck holds back tears as she explains her tough decision to leave Fox & Friends. WATCH:
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With Elisabeth Hasselbeck Exiting ‘Fox & Friends’ what blonde will Fox “News” find to fill those legs? The network claims it will use a rotating series of guests hosts (read: auditions) once Hasselbeck exits mid-December.
A look back as Elisabeth Hasselbeck calls it quits on “Fox & Friends”: Here are 5 of her greatest Fox News fails. Losing that hefty salary may be why Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hubs Look To Unload Manse. However, it wasn’t long before she was back to her old self as Elisabeth Hasselbeck Gushes Over Patriotic, Christian Baker’s Exclusionary Sign because that’s exactly what Jesus did with those loaves of bread.
WITH FOX & FRIENDS LIKE THIS: Speaking of F&F, every single day there’s enough shenanigans for a whole column on the topic. Here’s a small sample of this week’s tomfoolery:
WATCH & LAUGH:
However, the most bizarre thing that happened with those Foxy Friends this week was when a White Fox News host asks black female colleague, ‘Do you make Kool-Aid?’
Mensa member Village idiot Fox’s Kilmeade Asks African-American Fox Host If She Makes Kool-Aid With Her Cobbler because racism. However, Mediate – which far too often gives disgusting behaviour on Fox “News” a pass – claims Brian Kilmeade Asking Harris Faulkner About Kool-Aid Could Be Racist (But Isn’t). How does writer Andrew Husband twist himself into knots to defend this? Thusly:
But is Kilmeade’s question actually racist? A little bit, sure. Given his question’s context, however, it most likely wasn’t said with racist intentions — conscious and otherwise. After all, the question didn’t come up until Faulkner mentioned the recipe’s summer variation.
What about the title of the Media Matters post? It mentions the network and Kilmeade’s names — most likely for search engine purposes — but refers to Faulkner as an “African-American Fox Host.” It doesn’t even mention her last name. How is that any different from a contextually appropriate question about a popular summer beverage? (Albeit one tainted with racist humor.)
Here’s the thing, Mediaite: when something is a “little bit” racist and “tainted with racist humor,” IT’S RACIST!!! Like so much of the Fox “News” Channel.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER: Speaking of racism: Remember how Fox “News” defended Cliven Bundy as a great patriot for holding law enforcement at bay with guns and threats?
The same cannot be said for Black folk protesting peacefully in communities all across ‘Merka. It couldn’t be more obvious when one contrasts How Cable News Covered White Supremacists Allegedly Shooting Black Lives Matter Protesters In Minneapolis.
More #FoxRacismMatters headlines:
However, no one at Fox displays the covert racism of whiter-than-white Megyn Kelly. From claiming that Santa and Jesus were both white dudes, to vilifying a handful of hapless New Black Panther Party fools as something to fear, she’s proven over and over she’s is frightened by powerful Black men. No more so than this week because Fox’s Megyn Kelly Has A Problem With This Young Black Protester Looking At A Cop:
RICHARD FOWLER: What is he instigating? Bernie, I’m sorry I’ve got to interrupt.
KELLY: But Richard look at him. This is a cop out there accused of doing nothing wrong, trying to keep the peace.
FOWLER: This guy is having a silent protest with this police officer. This is his first amendment right.
KELLY: He gets right in his face and stares him down? This cop hasn’t done anything wrong.
FOWLER: That is his first amendment right, Megyn.
KELLY: To get in a cops face and stare him down?
FOWLER: And you out of all people, Megyn, believe in protecting — this is his first amendment right. I don’t understand.
KELLY: You think that’s fine? You have no problem with this?
FOWLER: This is his first amendment right. This biggest problem here is —
KELLY: It’s not a question of what his constitutional rights are. It’s a question of what’s appropriate.
Other media took notice of this absurdity as well:
However, she has no problem with soft-spoken crazy Black men as Megyn Kelly Helps Rehab Dr. Ben Carson’s ‘Muslim Cheering’ And ‘Jefferson Crafted The Constitution’ Gaffes.
FEAR SELLS; LIES SELL THE FEAR:
RABID FOX ATTACKS: Nothing is as much fun as seeing Fox “News” get skewered, so Watch John Oliver Slam Anti-Refugee Rhetoric By Explaining The Thoroughness Of The Refugee Vetting Process. Clearly John Oliver hits a nerve: Fox hosts whine after HBO host debunks their anti-refugee paranoia. It’s stunning to hear Fox Hosts Attack John Oliver For Calling Out America’s “Ugly Reaction[s] To Refugees.”
What’s really funny is that when Fox Hosts Attack John Oliver For Calling Out GOP Fearmongering Over Syrian Refugees:
Of course they completely ignored the main point of Oliver’s segment, but taking comedians out of context and responding to only a small portion of what they said is par for the course over on Faux “news.” They did it constantly to Jon Stewart when he was still on the air.
Fox host Jesse Watters responded by suggesting Oliver should thank the Pilgrims, because “without the Pilgrims bringing religious freedom here, we wouldn’t be bringing in all of these Muslims, right?” Dana Perino chirped in: “It is always interesting to listen to a condescending British person tell you about colonialism, because the British were so much better at colonialism than the Pilgrims.”
I guess Perino forgot that smarmy Brit Stuart Varney is a condescending sphincter himself.
IN THE TRUMP TANK: Of course, Dr. Ben Carson is not the only GOP presidential candidate for which Fox “News” provides cover.
However, it was that last segment that proved Loofah Lad is in the tank for Trump. In O’Reilly Claims He’s Never Seen Racism From Donald Trump, Then Highlights His Racist Tweet, there’s this comment from The Falafel King:
O’REILLY: Look, you know I’m looking out for you, right? You know that? That I’m looking out for you? I look out for every honest politician, I don’t care what party they are in. Don’t do this. Don’t put your name on stuff like this. Because it makes the other side, it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you are a racist. I mean, you just handed them a platter.
And, because O’Reilly’s looking out for him, Donald Trump Refuses To Take Responsibility For His False, Racist Tweet About Black Crime. Bill O didn’t press him the same way he presses anyone on the left.
BLAMING OBAMA: Last week Friday Fox Follies introduced this rubric. There is never an end to what Fox “News” will blame on the POTUS. This week’s sample includes:
FOX BYTES: Fox News Sunday Interview With Rush Limbaugh Features His ‘Barack Hussein O And The Jihadi Singers’ Song • Fox’s Gasparino: Liberals, Academia And Multiculturalism Are ‘Destroying This Country’ • Listen To A Christian Pastor Push Back Against Sean Hannity’s Anti-Refugee Rhetoric • Watters World Special Premiere on Fox Gets 1.4 Million Viewers • Fox Anchor Dismisses Guest Who Accurately Explained Gun Violence Poses Greater Threat To Americans Than Syrian Refugees • O’Reilly: Allowing in Refugees Wouldn’t Endanger Us More, ‘The Bad Guys Are Already Here’
Headly Westerfield is thankful Fox “News” MoFos provides a never-ending vein of raw material to mine for laughs.