On this week’s “Saturday Night Live,” Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan returned as Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade of the Fox News Morning Show, “Fox and Friends.”
First, the trio brought their spot-on impressions of the three morning news hosts to bear on the topic of the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Killam’s “Doocy” criticized President Obama for running a campaign ad saying that presumptive Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) would not have launched the raid that killed the al Qaeda leader. Bayer as Carlson insists that it was just common sense, that anybody would have authorized the raid.
“I can name one person who wouldn’t have launched that raid,” said Moynihan as Brian Kilmeade, “Barack Obama.”
“No, Brian, that doesn’t work this time,” said Doocy.
“But it always works,” Kilmeade protested.
“No, not this time,” replied Doocy, “He already launched the raid.”
Later in the sketch, the three tackled the U.K. phone hacking scandal, and welcomed Fred Armisen as octogenarian billionaire Rupert Murdoch. The British Parliament has accused Murdoch of having “a lack of ethics,” which gives the ersatz Fox hosts an opportunity to sound off about Affirmative Action.
“You should only hire an ethnic,” said Bayer’s Gretchen, “if you want to hire an ethnic.”
“Ethics, not ethnics!” corrected Armison as Murdoch, “You’re the dumbest people I’ve ever met, and I’m from Australia.”
“I stepped in it last night,” Perry told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. “That’s for sure. I think I’m no different than a lot of Americans as they are sitting around — listen, there are some agencies of government I would like to forget and I certainly forgot one last night. … If anybody’s looking for the slickest politician or the slickest debater, I readily admit, I’m not that person.”
“Is there a chance in the wake of your debate performance last night that you are going to call it quits?” Fox News host Steve Doocy asked.
“You know what today is?” Perry replied. “It’s the two hundred and I believe thirty six birthday of the United States Marine Corps. If there was a day to quit, this isn’t it. We’re going to continue to work. We’re going to go back and talk to people across the country about issues that they’re really concerned about, not who’s the best debater or who has, you know, forgotten an agency as they were listing out some that they would do away with.”
Watch this video from Fox News’s Fox & Friends, broadcast Nov. 10, 2011.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says “aborted babies” would not support fellow candidate Herman Cain.
In a new online campaign ad, Santorum hits Cain for his shifting position on whether abortions should be legal in cases of rape and incest.
Earlier this month, Cain told NBC’s David Gregory that there should be no exceptions for rape and incest. But several days later, he told CNN’s Piers Morgan that it should be the choice of the family.
After spending the better part of a week trying to undo the damage done to his conservative credentials, he finally told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson that abortion should not even be part of the political discussion.
“The 1.2 million babies aborted in the U.S. last year think otherwise,” the narrator in Santorum’s new ad declares.
For his part, Cain has attempted to clarify his position by saying that he is “100% pro-life,” but a family should have the right to choose an “illegal abortion.”
Watch this ad from the Rick Santorum campaign, uploaded Oct. 27, 2011.
As the Senate appears set for a vote Tuesday afternoon on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan, one “centrist” senator has already decided to cast a “No” vote.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) appeared on Fox and Friends and told co-host Gretchen Carlson why he doesn’t support the bill, centering on how he wants to focus more on “the debt.”
“To me, the number one thing we should be doing is to deal with the debt,” he said. “The President’s jobs bill costs almost a half of trillion dollars. I much rather save it for a real genuine debt reduction program. To me, the most important thing you can do is to restore confidence to the people who manage corporations and invest in our economy. I don’t think this bill does enough to be worth spending half a trillion dollars.”
Noticing the tone of his statements, Carlson said, “Senator, you’re sounding like a Republican.”
Lieberman laughed and replied, “No, I’m an independent.”
“But I think any Republican in the Senate would say exactly what you just said,” Carlson said.
“Well, as an independent, I have the freedom to say what I think,” Lieberman said.
With no Republican senators showing any signs of voting “Yes,” the bill looks certain to fail in the Senate, which was expected to take a vote on the measure later today.
WATCH: Video from Fox News, which was broadcasted on October 11, 2011.
Jon Stewart didn’t miss out on sharing his thoughts Tuesday night on the Hank Williams Jr. controversy.
The Daily Show host picked apart Fox & Friends‘ hypocrisy again, highlighting co-host Gretchen Carlson saying, “Why should we care about things these celebrities say,” when criticizing Rosanne Barr’s latest comments, yet decide to interview Williams later in the interview.
Stewart then turned his attention towards Williams’ much maligned comments. “I’m not even sure I understand what he even said,” the comedian reacted. “So he mangled his metaphors, so what. He’s just like Roseanne. Both mangled the star-spangled banner, both drunkly married to Tom Arnold. I guess we’ll just chalk it as another case of Fox & Friends saying one thing and doing the other.”
But when he got to the news of ESPN pulling Williams from his Monday Night Football opener, Stewart seemed alarmed.
“They pulled the song?” he asked in disbelief. “We count on it to gauge our nation’s football readiness!”
Stewart said the sports giant should have been cognizant of Williams’ rambunctious ways.
Stewart noted,“He’s been at ESPN for 23 years, have you met him? He’s got a song about how things would be better if the South had won. When he talks, I can smell the Jack Daniels on his breath from the television.”
For the record, Williams hasn’t been with ESPN for 23 years, or even one year. Monday Night Football (MNF) joined ESPN in 2006, after ending its 35 year tenure on ABC. Williams’s theme song has been used by MNF since 1990.
WATCH: Video from Comedy Central, which originally broadcast on October 4, 2011.
Hank Williams, Jr. is most known for the catch phrase “Are you ready for some football?” in his theme song for Monday Night Football. But on Fox and Friends Monday morning, the country music singer probably should have asked, “Are you ready for some controversy?”
In an awkward interview, co-host Gretchen Carlson asked Williams if he favored any Republican candidate for president. After saying “none,” Williams claimed his answer stemmed from seeing House Speaker John Boehner play golf with President Barack Obama. He elaborated on his thoughts, the Fox hosts seemed to become rather uncomfortable.
“Come on, come on, it would be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu, ok?” he said. “Not hardly. In the country this shape is in, the shape this country’s in, I mean, no, I don’t think so.”
That prompted Brian Kilmmeade to reply, “I don’t understand that analogy, actually.”
Williams continued: “Well, I’m glad you don’t, brother, because a lot of people do. You know, they’re the enemy. They’re the enemy.”
“Who’s the enemy?” Kilmmeade asked.
Williams yelled: “Obama! And Biden! Are you kidding? The Three Stooges.”
“That’s only two,” Steve Doocy chimed in.
Ultimately, Williams admitted that he did have one favorite in the GOP presidential field: Herman Cain.
Carlson added, “I just want to say that we disavow any of those comments or analogies that he’s made, at least I’m going to say that, disavow the analogy between Hitler and the president.”
WATCH: Video from Fox News, which appeared on October 3, 2011.
Updated: ESPN has decided to remove Williams from its Monday Night Football intro for his comments on Fox & Friends.
“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely to our company through the opening to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”
The co-host of Fox News’ Fox & Friends mocked Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” in Washington, DC on the show Sunday.
The “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” took place on October 30th at the National Mall and was led by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
“There was this big rally put on by comedians, which many people unfortunately think are news people,” said Gretchen Carlson.
After her co-host, Steve Doocy, claimed the rally was “not supposed to be political” yet mainly “beat up on the right,” the show aired a clip of Stewart speaking at the rally.
“Yeah, it got political,” Gretchen Carlson said after the clip. “And he looks fancy in his suit, like he actually is a real news person.”
Fox & Friends then aired a clip from a previous segment of Geraldo At Large.
“I definitely would say there were more pockets of animosity here than at any Tea Party,” said Fox News contributor and conservative comedian Steven Crowder in the clip. “I had one gentleman actually, ironically enough, smack my camera out of my hand and grab my arm because I didn’t have my Canadian passport.
“There were people circling the Fox News van saying to blow up the Fox News van we have this all on tape. … If this is designed to restore sanity, it’s based on a divisive concept of referring essentially to all tea partiers as insane. That’s really what they’re saying. So you got a lot of that, a lot of vulgar signs, you know calling them teabaggers.”
An estimated 215,000 people attended the “Rally to Restore Sanity,” according to CBS News.
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Oct. 31, 2010.
Fox News Red Eye Host Greg Gutfeld has to be provocative to keep Fox News viewers interested at 3 a.m. ET but that brand of humor may have raised some eyebrows when he appeared as a guest on the network later in the morning. Gutfeld was invited on Fox & Friends to promote his new book “The Bible of Unspeakable Truths” and Al Gore was the main target.
“What about Al Gore? How do you take him on? What’s your gut?” asked Gretchen Carlson.
“Al Gore hates human beings,” Gutfeld quickly responded.
“Oh, come on,” said an incredulous Carlson.
“He does. He believes that the — he’s a true Earth-firster. Everything that human beings do, whether they eat, whether they exercise or use the internet, creates a carbon footprint. The only solution is to not allow human beings to be human,” Gutfeld explained as Steve Doocy snickered.
“He puts Earth before everybody else,” Gutfeld continued. “It’s his pagan religion. That’s why he’s so miserable.”
“He’s made a lot of money from it,” replied Doocy.
Gutfeld also took on illegal immigration during the interview. “Right now, you have [Mexican] President [Felipe] Calderon telling everybody what’s wrong with America. Meanwhile, everybody in his country is trying to get in here.”
“No kidding,” agreed Doocy.
“So, here’s the thing. You cannot find an immigrant who is racist — who believes America is racist. That’s the key truth. The only people that believe America is racist are a few in our administration and liberals,” said Gutfeld.
Gutfeld admits, “I am not an expert in anything. I’m just somebody that I think I have a pretty good line on common sense.”
This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast May 21, 2010.