One of the more amusing stories last week (well, I guess it’s technically still “this” week, but you know what I mean) revolved around Iowa Republican Steve King who decided to try and give Geert Wilders a last minute push over the top ahead of Wednesday’s elections in the Netherlands.
King’s initial tweet and subsequent doubling and tripling down on the message was the very definition of “oh, you thought that was bad, well ‘hold my f*cking beer’ while I talk some more“. Those interested are encouraged to review the series of HR posts here, here, and here, but suffice to say King tweeted this last Sunday:
Right, we “can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies”, which is something “Geert Wilders understands.”
Well, on Sunday morning I ran across the following from the LA Times out Thursday:
President Trump is pretty adamant about his disdain for the news media. But he knows who his friends are.
For four years before he ran for president, Trump called into the Fox News Channel morning show “Fox & Friends” every Monday and was given an unfiltered forum to present his views. When the show’s co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade interviewed him at the White House on Feb. 27, Trump said, “Maybe without those call-ins somebody else is sitting here.”
The designation as the president’s favorite cable news program is not a badge of honor in journalism circles. As a freewheeling talk show for the conservative Fox News audience, “Fox & Friends” has long been maligned by liberal media watchdogs and lampooned on “Saturday Night Live.”
But supporters of Trump’s brand of populism are making “Fox & Friends” their morning destination. The show had its best month ever in February, averaging 1.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen, a 46% gain over the same month a year ago.
Ok, so basically 46% more stupid people tuned into Fox & Friends this February than last. Hardly surprising given the environment.
But what struck me as amusing about the LA Times piece was the inclusion of the following quote from the above-mentioned (and underlined) Brian Kilmeade:
Kilmeade disapproves of Trump calling the news media “the enemy” even though “Fox & Friends” was excluded from that declaration.
“It makes me uncomfortable,” he said. “I think the best way for him to answer his critics is to be successful. I don’t think it helps to declare any entity an enemy or to lock anybody out of a press briefing.”
Well thanks, Brian.
Given that and in the context of both Steve King’s “babies” comment and President Trump’s implication (in his first solo presser) that all black people know each other, I thought now might be a good time to relive a couple of Brian’s “finest” moments on Fox, presented below without further comment.