Larry King dropped by “Fox & Friends” to talk about his role as grand ambassador for Grandparents.com. When the talk turned to his 25 years at CNN, Steve Doocy tried to get King to criticize Piers Morgan: “The new guy they got on there? ehhh,” said Doocy.
“I am not going to criticize CNN,” said King adding about Morgan, “He’s different.”
“Any person who is implanted any time anywhere, who’s been in place and whether it is Bill O’Reilly or Tom Brokaw. The person who steps in has the toughest job.”
A Fox News executive says the four-minute story heavily critical of Pres. Obama which aired on “Fox & Friends” this morning was the work of an associate producer, and “was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network.” EVP of programming Bill Shine adds the incident “has been addressed with the show’s producers.”
The video — with soundbites, graphics and news clips all set to ominous music — has been pulled from FoxNews.com and Fox Nation, and wherever it was embedded, including here on TVNewser. We’ve embedded a YouTube version below
“Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade all congratulated Chris White, the AP who assembled the story. “Chris White, great job putting that together,” said Kilmeade. “No kidding. He remembered everything, everybody said over the last 3 1/2, four years,” added Doocy. “Took a tremendous amount of research,” said Carlson. “Good job, Chris.”
Painstaking research, to be sure. But the premise of the piece is not sitting well with bosses especially after the the uproarthat occurred following the airing.
TVNewser also hears White may not be with Fox News much longer, not because he’s being let go over the incident, but because he has an offer on the table from CNN, according to three sources in the know.
The Tough Mudder Challenge is one of the world’s most extreme obstacle and endurance courses. On “Fox & Friends,” hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade tackled an abbreviated version of the course, to see if they had what it takes.
Fox News anchor Steve Doocy drew some unwanted attention yesterday for appearing to misquote President Obama during an interview with Mitt Romney. As we noted, by adding “unlike some people” to the start of the quote “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” he appeared to be shifting its focus away from himself and towards someone else, specifically Romney.
As expected, this morning Doocy clarified the remarks on-air:
“Last week President Obama talked about not being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. That was interpreted as being a big dig against Mitt Romney. When I was interviewing Governor Romney on this show I asked him about it, however I did some paraphrasing that seemed to misquote the President. So to be clear, the President’s exact quote was, ‘I Wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth,’ and I hope that clears up any confusion.”
Doocy stood by the interpretation that the original quote was a dig at Romney, while also acknowledging that the quote he used in his question was not accurate. At least there was an on-air clarification, which is more than you can say for most TV news outlets.
Fox News host Steve Doocy appeared to misquote President Obama in an interview with Mitt Romney. Talking Points Memo caught the mistake, which changed President Obama’s statement about his upbringing into a pretty clear attack on Romney. In the speech Obama said “I Wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
The “silver spoon” comment in the context of the speech seemed to be a swipe against Romney, whose father George Romney was the top executive of a major car company and a former governor of Michigan. But the President was able to maintain plausible deniability until Steve Doocy of Fox News came along. While interviewing Romney on live TV Thursday, Doocy quoted Obama as saying, “Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”
Update: A Fox News spokesperson tells TVNewser that Doocy will clarify the remark tomorrow morning. That is more than NBC News could say after its misleading George Zimmerman edit came to light.
While it seems like a slight against Romney, CBS News’ John Dickersonwrites that Obama has used that term so much since 2008 that it is “cliche.”
Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson got some plum airtime this morning to talk about his site’s weeklong series into Media Matters, which Fox & Friends anchor Steve Doocy calls, “the liberal blog dedicated to destroying Fox News.” In his first story on Daily Caller, Carlson reports, “The group operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House.”
Carlson spoke to current and former Media Matters staffers for his report. One former employee told him, “We pretty write their primetime” speaking of MSNBC. Carlson says the former staffer added: “We call Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC, he takes our call.” Carlson spent three years at MSNBC, including as a host in primetime. As the network started a shift to the left, his show was canceled and his contract was allowed to expire. Carlson, who earlier in his career co-hosted “Crossfire” on CNN, joined Fox News in 2009. He launched Daily Caller in January, 2010.